The Poetry Circle presents poetry from Ireland, Scotland and Australia

Nellys Cafe

Nicholas Street, Limerick

The Limerick Writers’ Centre
The Poetry Circle
With poetry from Ireland, Scotland and Australia
Plus music from Three Women Sing
Nelly’s Café, Nicholas St., Limerick Mon 25th June 2018 7.30pm

Join us for an evening of poetry and song with an international flavour in the heart of historic Limerick. Four poets, Eleanor Hooker, Ali Whitelock, Edward O’Dwyer and Anne Casey will recite their work accompanied by the music of Three Women Sing, a collective of three talented women singers – Anne Rynne, Claire and Shona Blake.

Eleanor Hooker has published two collections of poetry; A Tug of Blue (2016) and The Shadow Owner’s Companion (2012) with The Dedalus Press. Eleanor holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin. Her poems appear in literary journals internationally, including: Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review (Manchester, UK), The Stinging Fly, Poem: International English Language Quarterly (University of Roehampton, London), Punch Magazine (India), Kalligram (Hungary), Backstory Journal (Swinburne University, Australia). Her poetry has been translated into Dutch, Hungarian, Polish and Romanian. Eleanor is a helm and Press Officer on Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. She is working on her third collection of poetry and a novel. For more please visit her website

Ali Whitelock is a Scottish poet and writer living on the south coast of Sydney with her French chain-smoking husband. Her debut poetry collection, ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’ has just been released by Wakefield Press, Adelaide and her memoir, ‘Poking seaweed with a stick and running away from the smell’ was launched to critical acclaim in Australia and the UK in 2010. Her poems have appeared in The Moth Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, Gutter Magazine, NorthWords Now, The Poets’ Republic, The Red Room Company, Beautiful Losers Magazine, Backstory Journal, Other Terrain Journal, Ink Sweat & Tears and upcoming in The Glasgow Review of Books and The Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine. She will be reading from ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’ at several events in Ireland in June & July this year and will be appearing at the Ness Book Festival in the Scottish Highlands in October. She is currently working on her second memoir and second poetry collection.

Anne Casey is originally from Clare, and now living in Sydney, Australia, is an award-winning poet, writer and literary editor with work appearing internationally in newspapers, magazines, journals, anthologies, podcasts, broadcasts, videos, music albums, a stage show, an international art exhibition and her poetry collection, where the lost things go (Salmon Poetry 2017). Her writing and poetry rank in The Irish Times newspaper’s Most-Read. She has won or been shortlisted for poetry awards in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia. Over a 25-year career, Anne has worked as a business journalist, magazine editor, media communications director and legal author.

Edward O’Dwyer is from Corbally, Limerick. He is widely published in esteemed poetry journals and anthologies throughout the world. His debut collection, The Rain on Cruise’s Street (Salmon Poetry, 2014) was Highly Commended by the Forward Prizes judges, and his work featured in The Forward Book of Poetry 2015. He was selected in 2014 to represent Ireland at the Poesiefestival in Berlin for their European ‘renshi’ project. TLM spoke to him about his latest book, Bad News, Good News, Bad News, to be published by Salmon Poetry in April.

He was guest reader at the recent Eigse Micghael Hartnett in Newcastlewest and won the prize for best original poem.

Nathanael O’Reilly was born in Australia. He has travelled on five continents and lived in England, Germany, Ukraine and the United States. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in ten countries. O’Reilly is the author of two full-length collections: Preparations for Departure (UWAP, 2017), named one of the “2017 Books of the Year” in Australian Book Review, and Distance (2014); and three chapbooks: Cult (2016), Suburban Exile (2011) and Symptoms of Homesickness (2010). He received an Emerging Writers Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2017.

Three Women Sing are three women who between them have eight children, four grandchildren and three fine men! Their collective ages make them 155 years old! So go figure!

Shona Blake is an Irish singer songwriter living in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare. Her thoughtful prose has a haunting honesty and meaning drawing from her life experiences. She plays as part of a duo along side her husband Paul McCabe an accomplished musician.

Claire Watts is an all round musician who plays traditional Irish music on flute, is a singer-songwriter and guitar player. She teaches music and recently released her second album. The Irish singer – songwriter John Spillane commented on Claire’s EP as follows; “Claire Watts is a lovely singer with a clear, honest and beautiful voice. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by these songs.”

Anne Rynne has only lately come into the whole music scene after rearing herfamily and most importantly finding her voice. From a family of singers, Anne was always a reluctant singer. About four years ago her brother loaned her a guitar – “for 50 years on condition you play it every day”, and she does and says it has utterly changed her life. She released her ‘debut’ album last year.

Further details: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409