Sunday, May 23, 2010

'On The Nail' Reading @ the Locke Bar June 3rd 2010

'On The Nail' Reading @ The Locke Bar, Limerick
Thurs. 3rd June 2010 8.00pm

The next monthly 'On The Nail' literary reading takes place Thursday 3rd June 2010 at 8.00pm in The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick.

Organised by The Limerick Writers' Centre this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music.

This Months Guest Readers Knute Skinner and John Walsh.

Knute Skinner was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2000 he retired from teaching and now, along with his spouse, Edna Faye Kiel, is resident year round in Killaspuglonane, County Clare.

His first book of poetry, Stranger with a Watch, appeared in 1965 and contained early poems written in Iowa. His second collection, A Close Sky over Killaspuglonane (1968), showed the influence of the people and the landscape of rural Clare. Since then, he has published eight more books and six chapbooks. His poems, which have appeared widely in serial publications in Ireland, England, Australia and North America, show a variety of styles, including both free and formal verse. Two collections, The Bears and What Trudy Knows, demonstrate a marked departure from his usual lyric mode, as the poems are all fictional narratives highlighting brief moments in the lives of the imagined narrators. In 2007 Salmon Publishing brought out a collected edition, Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007. He occasionally conducts poetry writing workshops. The Limerick launch of his memoir Help Me To A Getaway (Salmon) will be launched on the night by local poet Mark Whelan.

John Walsh was born in Derry in 1950. After sixteen years teaching English in Germany, in 1989 he returned to live in Connemara. His first collection of poetry 'Johnny tell Them' was published by Guildhall Press (Derry) in October 2006.

In 2007 he received a Publication Award from Galway County Council to publish his second collection,'Love's Enterprise Zone' (Doire Press, Connemara).

His poems have been published in Ireland, the UK and Austria and he has read and performed his poems at events in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Sweden.

He is organizer and MC of the successful performance poetry event North Beach Poetry Nights in the Crane Bar, Galway, Ireland's leading monthly performance poetry event. In March this year John won the Spring Festival Poetry Slam at the Munster Literary Festival in Cork. He has also been known to show up with his guitar and deliver one or two of his own songs.

Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot, a third collection of sixty new poems was published by Salmon Poetry in May 2010.

Visit his webpage at:

Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers . Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and there is free admission and free finger food for everyone attending. So join us on the night and make this event something special.

NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.

Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email web
To view videos of May reading go to:


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Friday, May 07, 2010

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