3 Places to Get your Creative Writing Fix: Literary Limerick

Trying to find some places in Limerick that celebrate literature, storytelling, and writing? Look no further!

Narrative 4 fosters empathy by shattering stereotypes and breaking down barriers through the exchange of stories. They host storytelling workshops and many other events in the city.
https://narrative4.com/ireland/

Stanzas: Poetry, Prose & Art is for emerging writers to express themselves, develop their craft, and meet interesting, like-minded people. They host monthly open mic nights, have an audio magazine, and host a festival every July.  
https://stanzas.ie/

Limerick Writer’s Center supports Limerick-born and Limerick-based writers through readings, workshops and publishing activities. They have three writers groups and occasionally arrange sessions with publishers.  
http://www.limerickwriterscentre.com/

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Ryan Molloy Collaborates With Martin Dyar

Buaine na Gaoithe takes place in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance this Wednesday, the 10th of October, at 6 p.m. Composer, Ryan Molloy, will collaborate his new song cycle for soprano, flute and harp with a collection of poetry from UL’s writer in residence, Martin Dyar.

Martin Dyar is welcomed to the faculty of the 2018 Creative Writing MA; where he will work closely with many of the students involved in the production of the Ogham Stone throughout the year. Dyar is particularly known for his well – received collection of poems, Maiden Names.

Ryan Molloy talks to The Irish Times about what aspect of Dyar’s work appealed to this project:

“I also found in his poems an identity and a use of imagery that connected with me strongly in musical terms. When the opportunity to write a song cycle arose via an Arts Council commission award through the singer Francesca Placanica, Martin was a natural choice to collaborate with.”

Ryan Molloy has adapted many poems to music in the past; he finds a text that resonates with him then begins to “unpick it musically, the text gradually revealing the music inherent within it and, somehow, within myself”.

Molloy and Dyar met a number of times before they began writing in the summer of 2017. They explored common grounds that could be found in both of their art work, then used Molloy’s music to “amplify” Dyar’s writing. Common themes both discovered, which will be illustrated in Buaine na Gaoithe, include “heritage, family, nature, landscape and light”. 

The performance, including five songs/poems, invites the audience to immerse themselves in the world of both words and music. As noted by Molloy, “It’ll be peaceful and tumultuous at once. And that’s the purpose”.

Click on the link below to read Ryan Molloy’s interview in full.

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/flight-of-fancy-composer-ryan-molloy-on-collaborating-with-poet-martin-dyar-1.3647680

 

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Writers Paying The Rent

Article in The Irish TimesFor anyone thinking of paying the bills by arranging words into sentences, take a look at this article in The Irish Times.

This piece, in no way discourages anybody who wants to write, but instead looks at the creative ways that both aspiring and established authors make money.

The publishing industry is at the vanguard of our increasingly gig-like economy. Writers have had to diversify their income streams for years with teaching gigs and side-hustles. Rather than framing this as a negative, this article looks at the positive ways in which jobs both related and unrelated to writing can impact the writing life. Like getting you away from the blank page.

Warning: This article actively encourages the art of the hustle.

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-secret-lives-of-writers-and-their-day-jobs-1.3651509

 

Horror/Ghost Story Competition in association with Frankenweek @UL

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

To celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary, we are launching a competition in association with Frankenweek@UL, which runs from 22nd– 31st October.

If you think you could be the next Mary Shelley, keep reading…

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The Ogham Stone welcomes submissions of writing in the category of horror/ghost story. The prize is €100 for the best overall piece as well as publication in The Ogham Stone 2019.

Judges: Martin Dyar and Matt Hayward

CONDITIONS:

  • Submitted work should be unpublished and original
  • Poems should not exceed 40 lines
  • Prose should not exceed 2,500 words
  • Entries should be submitted as an MS Word document (.doc or .docx) with numbered pages. The title should be clearly indicated on the first page. Please do not use your name or include identifying information in the document.
  • Authors are limited to 2 submissions only.
  • There is no entry fee
  • All submissions should be sent to franklyfrightening@gmail.com by 5pm on Friday 30th of November 2018
  • Submissions that fall outside of the guidelines will be disqualified.

 

Small Print: Judging will be carried out blind. The decision of the judge is final. We cannot offer feedback nor enter into correspondence with authors about their work or about the final decision. Canvassing will disqualify. The winner will be notified before the announcement is made.