Limerick Writers’ Centre

The Limerick Writers’ Centre

The Limerick Writers’ Centre is based at 12 Barrington Street, Limerick, in the former town house of the Barrington family, who built Barrington Hospital in 1829. The Centre was founded as a non-profit organisation in 2008 to support and promote writers from or living in Limerick through readings, workshops and publishing activities. It is run by a voluntary board of directors.

They support three writers’ groups who meet to discuss and critique their work once a month. The ‘On the Nail’ Literary gathering is their flagship monthly public reading and it presently takes place in the Buttery Wine and Coffee Bar on Bedford Row, Limerick.  Through their community poetry imprint, Revival Press, they have published over 40 books of poetry by both local and national poets. Recently one of their publications, Distance by poet Ron Carey was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for a first collection by the Forward Foundation. It was the only Irish poetry collection nominated this year by the Foundation.

Limerick Writers group photoThey also regularly hold workshops, in poetry, short story and scriptwriting plus they have had literary agents give talks on the business of getting published. Their purpose is to also involve readers and support their engagement with new writing, trying as much as possible to represent diverse voices.  They also advocate for increased writing and publishing access to individuals and groups that have not typically had this access.

Other activities include the holding of the annual Bring Your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition and the building of a Literary Trail with a series of plaques allowing people to trace the footsteps and visit the inspirational haunts of local writers, several of whom, have made a major contribution to defining what our Limerick cultural tradition is all about.

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