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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: TBC

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.

 

Book Launch: Faye Boland

Book Launch: Peripheral by Faye Boland
– poetry with a power to connect –
Peripheral by Faye Boland is the author’s debut collection of poems to be formally launched at Tralee Library in Co. Kerry on Saturday, 22 September, starting 2.30pm.
Peripheral by Faye Boland
Faye Boland’s poetry has been described as “a happy combination of musical lyricism and intellectual subtlety” by well-known Irish poet and novelist, Brendan Kennelly.
The poem from which this collection takes its title was Overall Winner at the 2017 Hanna Greally International Literary Awards, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon. It is also from this that the present volume results, as the prize, on this occasion, was for the winner to have his or her book published professionally by The Manuscript Publisher, an Irish-based publishing services provider.
In her citation of Boland’s winning entry, the adjudicator at the awards, Mary Melvin Geoghegan, drew attention to the author’s “economy and freshness of language”, which she describes as “riveting – words forming as scaffold to arrest the eye and ear” –
My roof is the sky,
the wind my walls.
Every night it blows
the same words:
Homeless.
Homeless.
Poet, Eileen Sheehan describes Boland’s poetry (“recounted from an eclectic range of perspectives”) as charting “a restless search for home, for purpose in an era when people feel increasingly disconnected from their own sense of worth.”
So, where does one find that sense of self-worth? Our ability to connect is one place to start looking or so this collection of poetry might appear to suggest: the ability to receive and to acknowledge human distress signals, rather than trying to shut them out. Also, from the pleasure to be found in the mundane, reminding us that we are all somehow connected, no matter how dispersed and disparate our lives become.
Peripheral by Faye Boland is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is on sale now and available to buy online, as well as from other outlets. RRP €12 plus P&P.
The book will be formally launched at Tralee Library, Co. Kerry on Saturday, 22 September, starting 2.30pm.

A found poem, after Sonnet 71

Shakespeare’s deep thoughts
of life death mourning
longing and homosexual love
the surly sullen bell
as vile as the world is wise
of vilest worms as penises
and v’s as vaginas
‘tis the uncertainty of
hell and the afterlife
and of life without that boy
that breaks my heart.

-Iva Yates

Iva Yates teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Limerick. She composed this poem based on her experiences teaching & discussing Shakespeare’s sonnets

Launch of The Ogham Stone 2018

Launch OS 2018

The MA programmes in Creative Writing and English, University of Limerick, are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 issue of The Ogham Stone. The journal publishes new prose and poetry by Irish and international writers, and the 2018 issue includes contributions by UL writer-in-residence Martin Dyar as well as Faye Boland, Jo Burns,  Patrick Deeley, Eoin Devereux, Clare O’Reilly and Breda Spaight, among others.

The Ogham Stone will be launched on Thursday 3rd May at 5.15pm in the Millstream Common Room, UL. The event will feature readings by contributors; refreshments will be served, and copies of the journal will be on sale on the evening. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The launch will take place as part of the UL Frank McCourt Literary Festival & Creative Writing Summer School, details of which may be found here: https://www.ul.ie/artsoc/content/ulfrank-mccourt-creative-writing-summer-school. The event welcomes Marian Keyes, Kevin Barry, Sir Bob Geldof and others to UL.

Enquiries to oghamstonelaunch@gmail.com

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UL’s Newest Writer in Residence

See Original Post Here

As stated on the University of Limerick’s Creative Writing site, Dr Martin Dyar is a former “fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, and a writer in residence at the Washington Ireland Programme, Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford, County Mayo. He holds an MA in English Literature from NUI Galway and a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, where for ten years he taught in the TCD School of Medicine. He has also taught writing at Southern Illinois University and at NUI Galway.”

Dr Dyar will be reading his poetry at 1 P.M. in the Millstream Common Room on Wednesday 7th February. Dr Dyar’s publisher, Alan Hayes of Arlen House, will also be attending as well as taking questions.

 

The Ogham Stone Kickstarter

The Ogham Stone Kickstarter is now live . Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. It was planned with the intention of overcoming budgetary constraints and enabling us to enhance the quality and quantity of the magazine and make it available to a greater reader-base. We also hope that the funds will assist us in planning a better launch for the production.

The current goal is to raise €1500 in support of the project over a thirty day countdown. Interested individuals may opt for the following levels, namely, Moonstone, Obsidian, Quartz, Sapphire, Ruby, Pearl and Diamond. These levels come with gradually increasing monetary pledges and attractive benefits.

The estimated delivery of the journal is spring, 2018 and it ships all over the world.

We are thankful to our Kickstarter team members Oonagh Fox and Jordan Kubichek who collaborated with Christian Tan of Digital Media, UL to get the Kickstarter up. This, without a doubt, has been possible only through Dr. Carrie Griffin’s constant support and guidance.

We would kindly urge you to lend your support to our project and look out for the journal in your local stores or online.

More information regarding the Kickstarter may be found at:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theoghamstone/1504772297?ref=369333&token=a1fcea14

By Mayuri Goswami