The poets taking part:
Mel White is a county Clare based poet. In 2017 she won the Eigse Michael Hartnett Poetry Slam and was shortlisted for Listowel Writers Week poetry competition. She has previously won the Cuirt Festival of Literature Poetry Slam and placed second in the Tower Poetry Slam. She has performed her poetry at many events including Electric Picnic, Lingo festival, Eigse Michael Hartnett, Cloughjordan Speakeatsy, Limerick Spring Festival of Ideas, Limerick Tom Cat festival and Stanzas. As well as poetry she has written several plays and is working on a novel.
Paul McNamara is from Doon, Co. Limerick. Predominately a spoken word poet and dramatist, he enjoys dabbling in all kinds of writing. In 2015 he won both the best variety prize and the best overall prize at Limerick’s Got Talent. In October 2015 he competed in the Munster Spoken Word Championships 2015 and qualified for the All-Ireland Finals in Belfast that November, at which he took second place. He is a current student in Limerick doing an M.A. Degree in English Language and Literature, his thesis focusing on Spoken Word Poetry. He is former Chairperson of the National Award-winning Mary Immaculate college Creative Writing society, where he has had four of his own short plays produced. His first full length play Searching for Rusty was performed in Limerick in March 2016. His short play Old Men Rambling was published in a book of original works produced by the MIC Writer’s society.
Patrick Stack was born in Limerick City, Ireland and Raised in Duagh, Co. Kerry.
Educated at St. Michael’s College, Listowel, he read French and English at Trinity College, Dublin.
He emigrated to Seville, Spain in 1988 where he taught English, and worked as a translator and interpreter. He moved back to Ireland in 1995, and settled in County Clare, where he works as a web developer, programmer, and adult education tutor. He is an active member of the Poetry Collective group which he joined in 2007. Patrick has had poems published in Voicefree, Revival Poetry Journal, Crannóg, Brigid’s Fire, and The Clare Champion.His second collection of poetry entitled Rage was published in June 2017 by Revival Press..
Susan McNamara is from Limerick. Her home has been between New York and Limerick for the past 20 years. In New York she was a personal assistant to many New York professionals. She has written a series of children’s books plus three collections of poetry and a recently completed novel. She is currently working on her second novel and a new collection of poetry and prose.
Breda Spaight is a novelist and poet from Co Limerick. Her poetry is published widely, both at home and abroad. She is the 2016 winner of the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Prize, and runner-up in the iYeats International Poetry Prize. In May 2017, she read at the International Literature Festival of Dublin as a participant in the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. She is the forthcoming featured poet in the autumn/winter 2017 issue of The Stinging Fly. She holds an M.Phil in creative writing, Trinity College. In 2002, she was a guest reader at the Paris Book Fair.
Michael Durack grew up on a farm near Birdhill in County Tipperary. He was educated at Nenagh CBS and University College Dublin and worked as a teacher at Nenagh CBS for thirty-six years. He was a founder member of Killaloe Writers Group. He is the author of a chapbook, Nothing To Write Home About (Derg House), a comic narrative in verse, A Hairy Tale Of Clare (East Clare Telecottage) and a memoir in prose and poetry, Saved To Memory: Lost To View (Limerick Writers’ Centre.) With his brother, Austin, he collaborates on a programme of poetry and music, and together they have produced two albums, The Secret Chord (2013) and Going Gone (2015.) Michael now lives in Ballina, Co. Tipperary.
Eoin Devereux is a Professor by day. He writes short-stories, flash fiction and poetry. His writing has been broadcast on RTE and has been published in The Bohemyth; The Galway Review, Wordlegs and in Revival. His story ‘Mrs Flood’ was published by The O’Brien Press in 2014. In July 2016, Eoin was a guest lecturer on the UL/Frank McCourt Summer School in Creative Writing at New York University.
Ruth Marshall is a Scottish poet, storyteller and author, living in Co Clare.
She finds inspiration from nature, spirituality, the elements, and sees poetry as medicine to nurture the soul. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in Ireland and UK, including The Stony Thursday Book, Kindred Spirit, The Three Legged Stool, Electric Acorn, and her books include: Celebrating Irish Festivals (Hawthorn Press, 2003), Clare Folk Tales (The History Press, 2013) and Limerick Folk Tales (The History Press, 2016).
As a storyteller, Ruth visits schools through the Heritage in Schools and Artists in Schools schemes. She taught creative writing to teenagers in Alfa-Raheenwood Steiner secondary for 5 years, and has offered courses for adults over many years. She also offers creativity and transformation workshops.
This summer Ruth is working as a guide on Scattery Island. www.ruthmarshallarts.weebly.com
Contact Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 or Email [email protected] for further information. www.limerickwriterscentre.com