They Want Your Limerick Poems
05/19/2014

Limerick Poetry Competition is an exciting part of Limerick's newest literary festival - The Limerick Summer Literary Festival. A joint venture between The Limerick Writers' Centre and Campus Life Services of UL the festival will run from Friday 18th July to Sun 20th July, and this year it will incorporate the Bring Your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition with over €1000 in prize money.

Online PR News – 19-May-2014 – Richmond – Limerick's hottest literary festival - Limerick Summer Literary Festival - will take place this coming July. A joint venture between The Limerick Writers' Centre along with Campus Life Services of UL the event will run from Friday 18th July to Sun 20th July, and this year it will combine the Bring Your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition with over €1000 in prize money. The competition was made a global event last year as part of The Gathering celebrations in the University of Limerick and was an incredible success. The event will be formally unveiled by the vice chairman of Limerick City of Culture 2014 and former secretary general to the President of Ireland, Tim O'Connor Friday 18th July at the Pavilion on the UL campus.In addition to featuring the well-known five-line Limerick verse, the festival will also include readings, book releases, performances plus workshops across the three days. Dominic Taylor, a director of The Limerick Writers' Centre, states 'we hope to make this event a popular event with something for all, both serious and light hearted with the international Limericks competition being the focal point of the weekend'.Already agreed to take part are Limerick person of the year and Booker nominated novelist Donal Ryan, who is going to give a reading on Friday 18th at 7.30pm. Limerick born globally acclaimed author Paul Lynch will host a master class on writing the novel on Sat 20th and two Limerick writers Cristoir O'Flynn and John Liddy, who has been selected Limerick City of Culture writer in residence for July, will have new books unveiled plus, there will be lots more.The centrepiece of the weekend is, of course, will be the Bring Your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition. Last year over 600 people entered the competition from all over Ireland and the world, with 50 final contestants turning up on the night to do battle for the €1000 reward. Last year's event was won by North of England performance poet Christine Robinson following a demanding competition. Last year also, to coincide with the competition, The Limerick' Writers' Centre commissioned local historian Dr Matthew Potter to write a history of the Limerick verse and its association with the area. Describing the reason for the book he explained that "The aim was to generate a comprehension of the connection between the place and the verse so that Limerick can establish itself globally as one of the few places which gave its name to a literary form. Consider Shakespeare and Stratford, Joyce and Dublin, Burns and Scotland, Limerick and the Limerick". This year again the work is going to be highlighted and a new print run is going to be released over the weekend.Entries are now being taken for the competition and local, national and international wordsmiths are encouraged to take part. You can enter on-line at www.facebook.com/limerickcompetition or pick-up an entry form from your local library as well as other establishments throughout the area.Overseas visitors can take advantage of the very competitive accommodation available on the UL campus with self-catering accommodation commencing from €39.00 per night. More details: Dominic Taylor limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com Deborah Tudge Deborah.tudge@ul.ie or Aileen Galvin at aileen.galvin@ul.ie