Visiting Writers Programme as part of Limerick National City of Culture 2014

This week sees the start of an extensive Visiting Writers Programme as part of Limerick City of Culture 2014. Between July 10 and December, over twenty celebrated writers will be giving readings, talks, workshops and masterclasses to appeal to all readers and writers in the region.


In July poet, John Liddy, will be returning from Madrid to Limerick as writer-in-residence. John starts his residency by giving a lunchtime reading in the Hunt Museum at 1pm on Thursday, 10 July.


He will be partaking in the Limerick’s Summer Festival of Literature at UL on 19 July where he will give a poetry workshop and be one of the judges for the Bring Your Limerick to Limerick competition.


On July 24, John will be joined by two other well-known poets, Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Paddy Bushe, for a reading in the Granary Library, Michael Street.


The award-winning short-story writer, Claire Keegan, will be in Limerick on July 12 and 13. Not surprisingly, her workshop on short-story writing is already booked out.


However, there are two further opportunities to hear Claire. She will be in the library in Kilmallock at 1pm on Saturday, July 12,where she will be talking about humour in fiction. She will be using an Anton Chekhov short story, A Misfortune. (Constance Garnett translation available on the internet). Anyone attending is advised to read the story in advance.


At 8pm that evening she will partake in an on-stage conversation at Dance Limerick (formerly St. John’s Church), John’s Square Limerick. Both events are free of charge.


Limerick audiences can also expect appearances in 2014 by Kevin Barry, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Mike McCormack, Donal Ryan, Paul Lynch, Helena Close, Vivienne McKechnie, Clair O’Connor, Jo Slade and Joseph O’Connor.


Among the international line-up are British novelists Louis de Bernières and Andrew MillerBarrack Obama’s Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco, Chinese writer Wei Sun, German novelists Katrin Schmidt and Katje Lange-Müller (in conjunction with UL).


More information on these and future events on the Visiting Writers Programme available from:



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