‘On the Nail @ the Library’ Thurs 30th Aug 2018

Granary library

Michael street, Limerick

The Limerick Writers’ Centre


‘On the Nail @ the Library’

A new literary event at Limerick City Library

Thurs  30th Aug 2018 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Special guest readers Ruth Padel and Neil Donnelly

‘A poet of great eloquence and delicate skill, an exquisite image-maker who can work wonders with the great tradition of line and stanza. Her voice has an astonishing resonance.” (Colm Toibin).

  Ruth Padel’s ten collections include Darwin A Life in Poems, a verse biography of her great-great grandfather Charles Darwin; The Mara Crossing on human and animal migration; Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth on the Middle East; and Tidings, on homelessness and Christmas: ‘A literary and emotional feat: a magical narrative poem’ (Observer).  She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Poetry at King’s College London, and was Chair of Judges for the 2010 Forward and 2016 T S Eliot Prizes, and a Judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize.

Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, a British Council ‘Darwin Now’ Fellowship, and a Cholmondley Prize from the Society of Authors.

Ruth’s new collection Emerald, just out, is a grief observed. An elegy for her mother at her passing at the age of 97, a daughter’s tender and honest chronicle of a loss we all face – and yet the poems sparkle with colour, from the sunset-pink of the Emerald City Jaipur to the pitch-black honeycomb of a Colombian emerald mine. And, of course, the jewel itself, ‘the only stone in which the flaws are prized’.  Website

Neil Donnelly was born in Tullamore, Co Offaly. He is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and writer for radio. His screenplays include No Prisoners, Brown Lord of the Mountain and The Big Buck. He was a Harvey’s Award winner in 1982, writer-in-residence for Mayo County Council in 1993, and writer-in-association at the Abbey Theatre in 1994. Tullamore Train his debut poetry collection was published in 2011. He is a member of Aosdana.

There is a limited number of places available for the open-mic after the main event. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 if you wish to read.


‘On the Nail’ literary gathering is currently funded by the Arts Council of Ireland


Further details Dominic Taylor Tel 087 2996409