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April Is Poetry Month in Limerick-Week 2 from April 7-April 13

Limerick-born, Tim Cunningham will read from his poetry collection alongside Richard W. Halperin as part of the events for Poetry Month 2019.

April Is Poetry Month in Limerick-Week 2 from April 7-April 13

Monday, April 8- Film screening at Central Cinema Club, 51 O’Connell St., Limerick. 7.30pm

‘A Quiet Passion’ a bold and brilliant study of the American poet Emily Dickinson. This is a powerful film with stunning performances, spanning a rebellious schoolgirl youth to her later years as a reclusive writer. For anyone with an interest in the life of Dickinson, who wrote poems that still resonate today, this film is a must see.  Admission is Free.  




Tuesday, April 9- In association with Poetry Ireland. All female performance poetry group from Wales The Rockhoppers. Limerick City Library. Michael St., Limerick 7.30pm

The Rockhoppers is a poetry performance group of four poets based in west Wales. They are Annie Butler, Jackie Biggs, Maggie Harris and Mel Perry and are four strong, distinctive individual poetic voices. Annie Butler is the current holder of the RS Thomas Prize; her first poetry collection is in production. Jackie Biggs, has had one collection of poetry published and two more are in progress. Maggie Harris, who is widely published as a poet and short story writer, is originally from Guyana, and has won the Guyana Prize twice for poetry and the Commonwealth Prize for a short story. Mel Perry has published two poetry collections, Rum Dark Nights and Sound the Hollow. She is currently studying for an MSc in creative writing for therapeutic purposes. Three distinctive individual poetic voices and they work together to produce innovative and sometimes surreal pieces for performance – poetic alchemy!    Admission is Free.


Sandy Yannone will return to Limerick for Poetry Month 2019

Wednesday, April 10 – In association with Limerick Poets’ Society. A reading with US poet Sandy Yannone and friends plus open-mic. Sexton’s bar, 91 Henry St., Limerick 7.30pm.

After her marvellous reading at April is Poetry Month in Limerick in 2017, US poet Sandy Yannone makes a welcome return to Limerick, this time she has brought four friends with her: Carolyn Zukowski, Peter Wise, Mary Scheurer and Jim Burke in what promises to be one of the highlight events of the festival.   Everyone is invited to read at the Open-Mic after the main readers.
Admission is Free. 



Thursday, April 11 – In association with Foras na Gaeilge. Remembering Michael Hartnett – A language Seldom Spoken. Limerick City library, Michael St., limerick 7.30pm.

A timely lecture, in Irish and English, on the work of Co Limerick poet Michael Hartnett, whose 20th anniversary occurs this year. Dr John McDonagh and Dr Stephen Newman of Mary Immaculate College will look at examples of his poetry in Irish following his ‘Farewell to English’ in 1975. I will also discuss his translation of poems by 17th century Limerick poet, Dáibhí Ó Bruadair. Dr John McDonaghwill also explore Hartnett’s Inchicore Haiku poems from 1985 and some poems charting his closest personal relationships.
Dr John Mc Donagh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He is the author of five books, including works on Brendan Kennelly, Michael Hartnett and Paul Durcan.
Originally from Milford, Co. Cork, Dr Stephen Newman works in the Department of Irish, MIC. Among his interests are: Modern literature in the Irish language, the Blasket Autobiographies and the Irish manuscript tradition’. You have my info I believe.  Admission is Free.

Friday, April 12. The Poetry Circle present a reading with Tim Cunningham and Richard W. Halperin plus music with jazz duo Rory Murphy and Paddy Shanahan. Nelly’s Cafe, Nicholas St., Limerick 7.30pm.

Join us for an evening of poetry and jazz with an international flavour in the heart of historic Limerick. Two poets Limerick born Tim Cunningham and Irish-American, now residing in France, Richard W. Halperin will read from their poetry collections. Plus some cool jazz from due Rory Murphy and Paddy Shanahan.
Tim Cunningham was born in Limerick. He has worked, mainly in education, in Dublin, London, Delaware and Essex.   

Richard W. Halperin has Irish/U.S. dual nationality. His poetry has been widely published in Ireland and the U.K  Admission is Free.


Saturday, April 13 – An introduction to Haiku workshop with Sean O’Connor. Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington St., Limerick 10.30am – 12.30pm 

An overview of haiku poetry, with English-language examples, a short history of Japanese haiku and its major practitioners, and the various techniques used to write haiku. Includes writing exercises and a sharing/feedback session. Suitable for beginners. Sean O’Connor is a poet and writer who has been writing haiku for over 30 years. Workshop Fee 12.00 Euro. Booking Essential! Email: [email protected]  


All Week – Poetry and Painting Exhibition. CB1, 51 O’Connell St., Limerick 11.00am to 5.00pm

The exhibition comprises of 15 works of art by local artists which were created in response to a call-out for poets to submit a poem for April is Poetry Month in Limerick. The exhibition is assisted by renowned local artist Kate Hennessy.
The exhibition will run from Monday, March 25 to Tuesday, April 30 2019.

All Week – The Poetry Wall, the Exchange, Nicholas St., Limerick.

The poetry wall consists of 30 poems submitted by 30 poets, one for every day of the month. Each poem is displayed on an A3 poster and can be read and enjoyed by passers-by…do take the time to visit, and read, this public exhibition of poetry.



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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.