As part of the Tailteann Nua festival which will take place over the August bank holiday weekend from 2 – 5 August the University of Limerick in association with The Limerick Writers Centre plan to bring the five line famous ‘Limerick’ verse home to Limerick. So far, we have over 70 submissions from 16 different countries, including, the US, Australia, China, Canada and the UK. The winning Limerick will receive €1000 is prize money. In addition to the poetry competition and slam, writing workshops will take place in Plassey House, University of Limerick on August 3.
The Tailteann Nua festival features a feast of Irish culture including international step dancing, set dancing workshops, ceilis, ladies gaelic football, writing workshops and a family fun day on August 4.
Coinciding with the competition and festival The Limerick Writers Centre have commissioned local historian Matthew Potter to write a history of the ‘Limerick’ and its association with the area.
POETRY/CREATIVE WRITING – 10.00am – 12.00 noon
This workshop, facilitated by John Liddy, is designed to inspire writers to discover/extend their poetic voice. Existing poets may explore new directions while those seeking to write poetry for the first time will find a springboard for their ideas and style.
SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP 12.00 noon – 2.00pm
Award-winning storyteller, poet and playwright Fiona Clark Echlin will lead this innovative fiction-writing workshop, which is designed for experienced writers as well as those with nothing more than a will to write. You are invited to bring along work in progress or simply your ideas, enthusiasm and hopes.
INTRODUCTION TO MEMOIR 2.00pm – 4.00pm
How to Write a Memoir. This workshop, facilitated by Sheila Quealey, is a survey of the memoir genre and will give the writer practical advice on how to begin to record stories from their life.
For further details or to submit your Limerick visit http://www.limerickgatheringfest.com