Nicholas Street, Limerick
The Limerick Writers’ Centre
The Poetry Circle
With poetry from Co. Kerry and Co Clare
Plus music from jazz duo Paddy Shanahan & Rory Murphy
Nelly’s Café, Nicholas St., Limerick Thurs 16th Aug 2018 7.30pm
The Poetry Circle, a new series brought to you by the Limerick Writers’ Centre. This series is called The Poetry Circle in honour of the Great Limerick Poet, Desmond O Grady, who first formed and read his work at a reading, also called The Poetry Circle, in 1954 at the White House Bar on O Connell St, in Limerick. We bring you excellent poetry from John W Sexton, Kevin Griffin, Louis Mulcahy and Patrick Stack. We have music from the excellent jazz duo Paddy Shanahan and Rory Murphy.
Kevin Griffin is a poet from Killorglin, Kerry. He has had poems published in a number of magazines, Revival, Riposte, Stony Thursday, The SHOp, Crannog, Boyne Berries, North West Words, A New Ulster, Orbis, Pennine Ink, Salzburg Review and others, He has read his work on Radio Kerry and was shortlisted for the Fish prize in 2012 and Phisfest Prize also. His first collection, Holding Salamanders, is due from New Binary Press in 2019.
Louis Mulcahy is a potter/ceramic sculptor who writes poetry. His work has been published in quality publications such as Poetry Ireland, The Stinging Fly, The Shop, Southword, Stony Thursday and has been read on RTE1 (including Sunday Miscellany), Lyric Radio, Radio na Gaeltachta and Radio Kerry. He has three collections of Poetry, one in Irish and two in English, all published by An Sagart Publications in 2012, 2014, 2015 respectively. His latest collection The Potter’s Book will belaunched at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee on Sun. 14th Oct. 2018. He has been shortlisted for the Listowel collection prize and the Listowel individual poem prize and other competitions, such as the Desmond O’Grady Memorial, 3rd prize and commended at Doolin and Dromineer. In 2016 he was selected to be the recipient of the Munster Literature mentorship bursary. He founded the poetry festival An Féile Bheag Filíochta in 2007 and was its Director until he retired from it in 2014. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland. He is married to the tapestry artist Lisbeth Mulcahy.. .
John W. Sexton is the author of six poetry collections, the three most recent of which are Petit Mal (Revival Press 2009), The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry 2013) and Futures Pass (Salmon Poetry 2018). Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His poem “In and Out of Their Heads”, from The Offspring of the Moon, was selected for The Forward Book of Poetry 2014. He is also Ireland’s most widely published science fiction poet and his poetry in this genre has appeared in most of the leading publications including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Dreams & Nightmares, Faerie Magazine, Grievous Angel, Liminality, Mirror Dance, Mithila Review, Silver Blade, Star*Line and Strange Horizons.
Patrick Stack was born in Limerick City, Ireland and Raised in Duagh, Co. Kerry. Educated at St. Michael’s College, Listowel, he read French and English at Trinity College, Dublin. He emigrated to Seville, Spain in 1988 where he taught English, and worked as a translator and interpreter. He moved back to Ireland in 1995, and settled in County Clare, where he works as a web developer, programmer, and adult education tutor. He is an active member of the Poetry Collective group which he joined in 2007. Patrick has had poems published in Voicefree, Revival Poetry Journal, Crannóg, Brigid’s Fire, and The Clare Champion. His first collection of poetry entitled The Parting was published in April 2013.ThHis latest book, Rage, is published by Revival Press, an imprint Limerick Writers’ Centre, under their Community Publishing initiative.
Paddy Shanahan & Rory Murphy a Limerick jazz duo provide the music.