Limerick Writers Centre

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Publishing has played an important part in the life of the Limerick Writers' Centre with a number of major projects completed such as 'Kemmy’s Limerick Miscellany' and 'Luaithreach Angela' – a translation of Frank McCourt’s 'Angela’s Ashes' into Irish. The centre also published an anthology on Limerick poet Michael Hartnett, titled 'I Live in Michael Hartnett', and a recent book 'The Curious Story of the Limerick' by Dr Matthew Potter tells of the connection between Limerick and the five line Limerick verse. We also played an active in Limerick City of Culture and held a series of workshops for older people, the end product was an anthology of love stories called 'The Heart of Limerick' edited by Fiona Clark Echlin, Caroline Graham and Sheila Quealey.

Our long running Revival Literary Journal alas is no more due to financial considerations it ceased publishing in December 2013 after 28 issues.

The Centre, through it’s imprint Revival Press, is also very active in publishing contemporary poetry, with over 50 titles published so far. The Centre is also always available to give advice to anyone who wants to self-publish.

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Where to buy in print

Troubles
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 15,000. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Troubles, this third collection of poetry by Michael Farry, is a powerful exploration of a significant period in Ireland’s history. With considerable allure, it demonstrates Farry’s skill as an important poet in the modern Irish landscape as well as a first-rate historian of the country’s particular narrative. - Caryolyne Van Der Meer
Further on up the Road
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A short collection of poems by the very talented Hugh McFadden. Poems which touch on nature, poets, politics, music and life. A relaxing read if you find yourself sitting under the cherry tree on a sunny day.
And Say
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 5,880. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Female authors
With degrees in English and creative writing, Jessica Brown is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Limerick. Her publications include an essay in the book Jane Austen and the Arts, articles in Journal for Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, as well as the children’s novel The River Boy and several short stories and creative nonfiction essays. Born and raised in southeast Texas.
Canary In The Mine
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 56,880. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
In this novel, Pat Mcloughlin has created vivid images of life in rural Ireland and the blight of emigration in the succeeding decades of the 20th Century from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. This was an Ireland of sharp contrasts that Pat has explored in quite some depth: there were close family ties; music; dance and romance; generosity and hospitality – all the hallmarks of a caring society.
Drowning in the Desert
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 10,110. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
These poems are balanced by a strong sense of people and place, lit up by connections between them, emotional and political. A sureness of rhythm permeates. Ideas and speculations come naturally and the storytelling gifts used by the author in his short stories and novels are utilised. Ghosts of everyday universal emotions abound; important questions that plague us all are asked here.
Visions At Templeglantine
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 11,710. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Reprising the Aisling tradition through personal vision, dream, memory and historical re-imagining, John W. Sexton’s Visions at Templeglantine presents the concept of the Celtic Triple Muse Goddess as a means to express a contemporary poetic.
Pulling Back the Clouds - Mike Kelly
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,010. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
This is the story of Michael Kelly, collector and curator of the die-cast model aircraft display in Shannon Airport’s Departure Lounge. From his native Limerick Michael networked and befriended some of the world’s most renowned model aircraft distributors and the collection has some of the rarest and most prized aircraft models in the world. The dream, which began when he was a boy, has come to be
Passports
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,380. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
‘Tim Cunningham looks through a glass brightly singing the marriage of heaven and earth. His poems are a river through a desert of despair.’ Gabriel Fitzmaurice
Insula Sacra
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 143,160. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
Insula Sacra (Sacred Island) is a factional novel about an 18th century Limerick surgeon who pioneered methods of treating cataracts, amputation and head injuries. He also inspired the foundation of a College of Surgeons in Dublin.
A Table For Two
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 40,560. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
Within the book of short stories lie comedy, mystery and tales of the vagaries of life and death. The collection begins on introduction with the title story ‘A Table For Two’ where the eccentricities of young and old are played out over a cup of tea in Momma’s Cafe. Meeting the peculiarities of being selfish with Mr Crusty in ‘Grumpy’s Coffey Morning’ and Derry in ‘Better Late Than Never’ tells w
Susie's Son
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 61,730. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Biography
Susie's Son is the first book from Tom McCarthy. It is a memoir in prose and poetry of his early days growing up in Limerick, Ireland. It tells not only of his childhood years, but the childhood years of many children that were born into the forties. It is a time travelling journey to a Limerick and a world unrecognisable from today’s viewpoint.
Getting the Nod From Himself
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 79,190. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Getting the Nod from Himself resurrects the mock heroic style in Chaucer, Cervantes and Orwell while Etcetera's account of Heaven and Hell, as witnessed by Saint Ellen, gives a cursory nod to Dante. More a wink than a nod has been given to the earthiness in some of The Canterbury Tales.
Organic Words
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 180,380. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Essay » Literature
The essays, articles and reviews collected here represent a generous selection of Hugh McFadden's work as a writer and book reviewer for literary magazines, journals and newspapers spanning more than 50 years.
Shadows On My Shoulder
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 28,390. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
In this memoir Con Hurley gives hope to all those who suffer from addiction. Through the pain of his own addiction he slowly came to the realisation that there is no cure but that the path of recovery is a path of constant renewal and celebration of life. Shadows on my Shoulder details his courageous journey from the poverty of a Cork childhood to addiction and finally to a life in recovery.
Roots And Wings
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 9,100. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Female authors
An assured debut collection of poems by Irish author, Frances Browner, which evokes an intense array of emotions, with beautiful tributes to her parents, the love so evident in each poem. The whole collection paints a vivid picture of a person and a time.
Fool's Gold
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 8,230. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Biography
Kieran Beville's homecoming poetry book with memories of a Limerick childhood, paeans to his mother and father, his developing years before branching out into the world where we meet his family, the pain of separation, his religious and mystical self and scars of life’s hard lessons prospecting for gold. The poems endure as physical and spiritual signposts on the poet’s journey back to his roots.
All About Town
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 23,330. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
All About Town is a collection of ten short stories from one of Ireland’s most exciting emerging fiction writers. Exploring a range of genres, each story enters the world of a unique character: from the bedroom of a disaffected youth to the desk of a troubled teacher. This collection of stories is the human reflection of the Georgian and Gothic architecture of Limerick City. Originally published
People In My Brain
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 47,720. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2020 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
These funny, thoughtful, evocative stories grapple with what it means to be human. This is a deeply rewarding read.
Checkerworks
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2019 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Checkerworks is author and lecturer Stephen Bond's first collection of poetry. "Evoking emotions of love, loss & beauty, Steven’s poems are decadent & set in our favourite Limerick beauty spots." Nicola Hogg
From Head to Tale
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 45,830. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2019 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
From Head to Tale is Pat McLoughlin's second collection of short stories. His first collection, To Weave with Words, was published in June 2018 and sold out within weeks. The proceeds from his first collection were donated to The Friends of St. Ita’s Hospital in Newcastle West, and the proceeds from this collection will also go to the hospital.
Write Now - A Practical Guide to Becoming a Writer
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 62,510. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2019 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
A practical guide to writing, this book covers a lot of ground. It offers encouragement, analyses the nuts and bolts of writing and explores many genres. This work will be of benefit to those who want to develop both the craft and art of writing. If you want to know how to create realistic characters, write good dialogue, set a scene and develop atmosphere it's all here at your fingertips.
Let Us Rise
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 29,810. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: April 10, 2019 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
An anthology commemorating the centenary of the Limerick Soviet 1919
To Weave With Words
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 35,760. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
In this eclectic compilation of short stories, Pat draws on his own life experiences, on anecdotal narratives and on events both past and contemporary. Some of the stories are based on actual historical events – ranging from the national to the international. Other stories are the fruits of childhood memories that made a significant impact on Pat’s philosophical worldview. -Dr. Paddy Fullam, 2018
From Doll House Windows
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Lorraine Carey's poetry displays both the durability and the brittleness of Donegal’s granite and flint clad landscape. As you explore this extraordinary collection, you will not come away unscathed. Great boulders of verbs and craggy nouns will stop you in your tracks: poems will sidetrack you through fissures and areas of pitting and darkness that will often prove uncomfortable but mesmerizing.
The Chaos Within
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 4,270. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
IT’S ALL about chaos – the chaos within each of us and the chaos that lurks out there. But these poems, drenched in sensuality, honesty and hope, put a measure of order on that chaos, and separate the light from the darkness of the void. A suckling babe, the smell of church candles, a sleeping child, the unheard scream inside the head, the joys and the angst of parenthood – David Rice, author.
Redshank
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 61,180. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Redshank is a contemporary story of a poet’s struggle with the isolation of his craft, while, at the same time, having to deal with some complicated familial issues. It is a humorous novel, interspersed with poetry and enriched with zany minor characters. But it is the main character, Cathal Ó hÚrdaill, young poet and teacher, who exudes the craziest humour of all. It is his method of coping.
Gabriel's Lark
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 82,700. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A dramatic and humorous novel about travel, independence, and the struggle to find employment. Its narrative weaves its way from Ireland and across continental Europe where adventures and hijinks lay waiting for Gabriel Costello, a young father and husband with an itch for adventure and a responsibility to his family. His decent into chaos amid a snapshot of Europe will have you gripped.
Cold Coffee At Emo Court
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Arthur Broomfield’s sense of history excavates the fustier corners of things wemight almost forget, but which he refuses to ignore. These observant poems sparkle with a unique response to experience as he writes of love and marriage, the ‘poetry’ of a sporting fixture to the ears of a young boy, or the menace of the IRA at odds with the joy of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
My Home Is There 3
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 37,680. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
For anyone interested in getting a sense of Limerick’s past history, Mae Leonard’s writing provides that vital link between history, memoir and musing. Volume 3 of My Home is There is a welcome addition to our knowledge about Limerick’s heritage. - Professor Bernadette Whelan, Department of History, University of Limerick, Limerick.
Traces: The Way and Path of My Life
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 80,620. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Traces gives a vivid account of Seosamh's life in this autobiography. He documents the hardships both he and his family endured during his formative years from the time he was growing up on a small farm in the parish of Lisdowney in County Kilkenny. Ireland was recovering from both the Economic War and World War II when there was strict rationing enforced.
The Curious Story of the Limerick
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 23,760. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This book creates an awareness of the connection between the place and the poem so that Limerick can establish itself internationally as one of the few places that gave its name to a literary form. It packs in a wealth of detail on the origins and history of the limerick, the Maigue Poets, and the various theories as to how it got its name, while also including numerous samples by various authors.
Madrid and Other Poems
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 15,060. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Madrid and Other Poems has a threefold annunciation - Praise, Tort, and Vista. The sections reflect these words: Praise is filled with gratitude and thanks to people who are gone while it mourns those who have been loved and lost. Tort speaks out against issues of the modern day, and the outrage and chaos that is within and outside of the poet. In Vista he reflects on life’s experiences.
Homesick At Home
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 11,220. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Kate O’Shea is probably the best-known unknown poet in Dublin. She has published a chapbook, Crackpoet (Wurm Press, 2013). She was short-listed for the Patrick Kavanagh Award twice in two consecutive years, and also made the short-list for the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition, and Erbacce-Press in 2017. Her latest publications were in The Saranac Review, Orbis, and The Stinginng Fly.
Invocation
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 11,840. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The poems of Denise Blake are poems to sit with, to live with, and return to over time, for they reveal themselves more deeply with each visit. In the gentle cadence of Donegal Island voices or in the realtor-speak" description of a childhood Cleveland home, layers of memory are exposed. They spring from a wide, deep and very rich field, and are laid out with a subtle touch.
Behind The Wall of Illusion: The Religious, Occult and Esoteric World of the Beatles
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 90,090. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rock music
Here are a few things you will discover from this text: How the Beatles expressed a modern take on the ancient Greek god Dionysus, How the title Yellow Submarine brings together male and female symbolism, That John Lennon’s first experience with LSD influenced the song ‘Help!’, Why the Beatles’ hair cultivated spiritual connotations, How the film Magical Mystery Tour foreshadowed John's murder.
The Fish Woman And Other Stories
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,450. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2018 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
In The Fish Woman, Liz Price chronicles the loves of ordinary people, to present a picture of the extraordinary spirit and resilience needed to survive everyday challenges. One woman is disillusioned by her experience of community education, one struggles to accept her role as carer while another tries to share in her pregnant daughter-in-law's life.
Keeping My Ghosts Alive
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 63,520. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2017 by Limerick Writers Centre. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Keeping My Ghosts Alive is a heartwarming and multi-faceted chronicle of a woman who, up to her untimely death, lived life with exceptional energy and intensity. Having been misdiagnosed with cancer in 2007, she was given one year to live. This is her story written in her words, which were discovered after her death by her husband, who completed her memoir. An enduring monument to Laura Bond.

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