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Poetry in motion at The Stony Thursday Book 45th edition launch

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Lynn Caldwell, Christodoulos Makris and Natasha Cuddington pictured with Cllr Gerald Mitchell, Mayor of Limerick City and County at the launch of Stony Thursday Poetry Book 45th edition which took place at the Belltable Theatre, O’Connell Street, Limerick. Pic: Don Moloney

The 45th edition of one of Ireland’s longest-running literary journals, The Stony Thursday Book, has been launched by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell

Lynn Caldwell, Christodoulos Makris and Natasha Cuddington pictured with Cllr Gerald Mitchell, Mayor of Limerick City and County at the launch of Stony Thursday Poetry Book 45th edition which took place at the Belltable Theatre, O’Connell Street, Limerick. Pic: Don Moloney
Kit Fryatt, Ellen Dillon, Finola Cahill, Christodoulos Makris, Maighread Medbh, Lynn Caldwell, Natasha Cuddington and Aadan McCardle pictured at the launch. Picture: Don Moloney

Founded in 1975 by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke, The Stony Thursday Book has become a cornerstone of Ireland’s literary landscape. This edition showcases a diverse collection of poetry curated by the Editor, Christodoulos Makris, a trailblazer in experimental poetics.

Under his guidance the 2023 edition embraces innovation and unconventional forms. Makris has carefully selected 65 works from over 35 poets, creating a fascinating collection of poetic exploration.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell launched the 45th edition of  The Stony Thursday Book, saying, “The Stony Thursday Book’s 45th edition is a mark of the enduring spirit of Irish literary exploration and the commitment of its contributors to pushing the boundaries of poetic expression. There are 65 works in this volume, illustrating the richness and diversity of our literary scene.”


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Arts Officer at Limerick City and County Council, Pippa Little said, “The Council were delighted to work with Christodoulos Makris as this year’s Editor of the Stony Thursday Poetry Book. The open call this year attracted poets from around the world and Christodoulos has put his unique stamp on the publication, alongside the selected poets. This year’s edition includes experimental and innovative forms. It is exciting to see how the Stony Thursday Poetry book has developed and offered a platform for experimentation for poetry.”

The 45th edition’s book design is credited to Richard Meade, an accomplished graphic designer and graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD). The cover art is by Ciara Barker, an artist hailing from Co. Galway and based in Limerick city, also an alumna of the esteemed LSAD.

This volume of the Stony Poetry Book includes 65 works from over 35 selected poets.
Contributors include: Mara Adamitz Scrupe, Derek Beaulieu, Gregory Betts, Caroline Bracken, Finola Cahill, Lynn Caldwell, Eoghan Carrick, Patrick Chapman, Greg Crowley, Natasha Cuddington, Ailbhe Darcy, Ellen Dillon, Brendan Duffin, Mars Duigan, Will Fleming, Steven J. Fowler & Zuzana Husarova, Kit Fryatt, Cat Grogan, Alina Hanusiak, Christina Hennemann, Mai Ishikawa, Casey Jarrin, Pippa Little, Niamh Mac Cabe, Aodan McCardle, Emma McKervey, Máighréad Medbh, Audrey Molloy, Mary Kate Nyland, Nuala O’Connor, Estelle Price, Serge Shea, Jo Slade, Ilias Tsagas, Louise Viera, Patricia Walsh, Mark Ward.

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