Friday, October 31, 2008

White House Poetry Slide Show Wed 29th Oct 2008



Sunday, October 26, 2008

White House Poetry Revival Wed 29th Oct 2008

White House Poetry Revival
Wed 29th Oct. 2008 9.00pm

This weeks guest is Keith Armstrong (UK) in association with Poetry Ireland.

Keith Armstrong was born in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher. He now resides in the seaside town of Whitley Bay, is coordinator of the Northern Voices creative writing and community publishing project which specialises in recording the experiences of people in the North East of England.

Also reading will be Guy Hudson.

Guy Hudson was born in Mansfield and grew up in a Lincolnshire village.He is interested in poetry as a spoken word medium and seeks to promote the oral tradition of poetry. This year he graduated from Lincoln University with a BA in English and hopes to teach Literacy in Prisons. He is married with two children.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Cuisle Poetry Slam 2008 Slide Show


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ciaran O Driscoll wins Cuisle Poetry Slam at White House, Limerick

Pictured Ciaran O'Driscoll, centre, winner of the 2008 Cuisle Poetry Slam at the White House Sat 18th Oct 2008. Also in the picture Barney Sheehan, left, and Dominic Taylor, right, who run the Poetry nights at the White House in Limerick.

The Winning Poem:


In my holiday home in Iraq,
there's a bomb at the front and the back.
When my housemaid comes in to empty the bin
she is strapped to the chin with explosives.
My utility man is a tall Taliban and
he's digging my grave near the roses.

In my holiday home in Iraq,
I'm not having much of a crack.
There's a curfew in force so I sit on my arse
from dusk until dawning while bombs without warning
explode all around me and drive me insane -
they're worse than those concerts in Slane.

From my holiday home in Iraq
if I go out I'll never get back,
so I stay in this room nursing feelings of doom
and think with resentment of unwise investment
and of places so far from this wrecking
such as Tang, Tullyglass, Termonfeckin.



Saturday, October 18, 2008

White House Poetry Revival Slide Show 15th Oct 2008


Poetry Slam Tonight at 9.30pm

Limerick to Rock at Cuisle Poetry Slam

Limerick delves into the strange and wonderful world of Slam poetry on Saturday the 18th October 9.00pm at the White House as part of the Cuisle International Festival of Poetry.
So just what is Slam, or as its increasingly being called performance poetry? Former winner of the Cuirt Grand Slam in Galway Trish Casey explains, “A Slam is a performance poetry competition. Performance poetry is the rock n’ roll of poetry - performed, chanted, rapped or ranted, it is a free-style form of spoken-word expression. Marc Smith coined the term “performance poetry”. He started the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill Tavern, Chicago, in 1987. Before Performance Poets were the Beat Poets of the 60’s and long before the Beat Poets were the Bards, and before the Bards were the spoken-word traditions of all cultures. We come from an ancient line.” She said.

So what can we expect at the White House next Saturday? Well For those who haven’t experienced one before, a slam is a performance poetry competition in which poets perform for not more than three minutes, sometimes, but not always, without the aid of the page in front of them. A panel of judges usually chooses the winner. Each judge scores the poet out of ten, and then both the highest and lowest score are disregarded; and the middle three scores totted up. Three cash prizes and a plaque for the overall winner is on offer.

To participate in this years Slam all you have to do is arrive on the night to the White House and give your name to the M.C. Barney Sheehan. Alternatively you can send on your name to the Limerick City Arts Office, City Hall, Limerick by the 17th October requesting inclusion or you can email your intention to participate to Once your name is on the list you will be called on the night with everybody else to make your contribution.
Further info: Tel 087 2996409.

How To get There
The White House pub is located in the centre of Limerick City at 52 O'Connell Street. Its exact location is on the corner of Glentworth Street and O'Connell Street, opposite the Ulster Bank and the Bank of Ireland. It is approximately 5 minutes walk from the train and bus station - exit the station and go down Davis Street, pass Taits Clock continue on down Glentworth Street and the White House is on the right hand corner at end of street.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

White House Poetry Revival Wed 15th Oct 2008

White House Poetry Revival
Wed 15th Oct. 2008 9.00pm

Launch of Revival 9 and a reading by poet Jo Slade in association with Cuisle - Limerick City International Poetry Festival.

Revival, the poetry journal of the White House Poets, takes to the stage again this coming Wednesday for the ninth time. Recognised as one of Ireland's leading journals of contemporary poetry, it will have its usual mix of local, national and international poets vying for your attention. The launch is a 9.00pm sharp - be there!

Jo Slade studied Art and Design at the Limerick and National Colleges of Art and Design and exhibits her paintings widely.Her collections are In Fields I Hear Them Sing (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1989); The Vigilant One (Salmon Poetry, 1994), which was nominated for The Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize; Certain Octobers (Quimpeir, France, Editions Eireanna, 1997), which received a publication bursary from the Centre du Livre, Paris; and City of Bridges (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Publishing, 2005).She was nominated in 2003 for the Prix Evelyn Encelot Ecriture Prize, Maison des Ecrivains, Paris.She lives in Limerick.

Info: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 or Barney Sheehan 086 8657494 Bloghttp//:whitehousepoets.blogspot.comThe White House Poetsgratefullyacknowledges the support of the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Limerick City Council.


Thursday, October 09, 2008

White House Poetry Slide Show Wed 8th Oct 2008


Sunday, October 05, 2008

White House Poetry Revival Wed 8th Oct 2008

White House Poetry Revival
Wed 8th Oct. 2008 9.00pm

This weeks guest is Paul Allen (US).

Paul Allen teaches poetry writing and writing song lyrics at The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he has taught since 1974. Published in numerous journals and anthologies, his work includes American Crawl (Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, UNT Press, 1997) and the chapbook, His Longing: The Small Penis Oratorio (FootHills Publishing, Kanona, NY, 2005), a sequence of metaphysical conceits.
His most recent poetry collection, Ground Forces, is scheduled for 2008 publication with Salmon Publishing Ltd. (Ireland).
He has also produced a CD of poems and songs, The Man with the Hardest Belly, available on Napster. He is twice recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry.

Info: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 or Barney Sheehan 086 8657494 Bloghttp//:whitehousepoets.blogspot.comThe White House Poets gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Limerick City Council.


Saturday, October 04, 2008

Poetry Workshop

Poetry Workshop at Limerick Writers' Centre
Sat 25th Oct 10.00am to 12.00noon

Aspiring poets are invited to participate in a Poetry Workshop with poet Tim Cunningham at the Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick Sat 25th Oct 2008 starting at 10.00am and running to 12.00 noon.

Those interested are asked to contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 or email Fee €10.00.

Tim Cunningham was born in Limerick in 1942 and educated at Limerick C.B.S. and Birkbeck College, London. He has lived in Limerick, Tipperary, Dublin, Trowbridge, London, Newark (Delaware) and, presently, Billericay. He has published and read widely. His first collection, ‘Don Marcelino’s Daughter’ was published by Peterloo Poets in 2001 and reprinted in 2002 and 2004. His second collection ‘Unequal Thirds’ was published in 2006, again by Peterloo. His new collection, Kyrie, is shortly to be published (Oct 16th) by Revival Press - the imprint of the White House Poets. ‘Kyrie’, is firmly rooted in nineteen fifties’ Ireland – De Valera’s Ireland – a place and time, apparently so distant now, when religion permeated almost every aspect of life. And it is the lives that are celebrated here, with their pieties, loves, frustrations and hopes, the perennial human condition woven into the sacraments and liturgies of the everyday. Not quite the Limerick of Angela’s Ashes but nevertheless Tim Cunningham has continued on where Frank Mc Court left off but this time in poetry and verse.


Thursday, October 02, 2008

White House Poetry Slide Show Wed 1st Oct 2008