A Weekend of Words (2018)

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Each July Stanzas holds a birthday bash called ‘A Weekend of Words’. This year’s festivities occur from July 19th – 22nd. Everything is free in.

We acknowledge the support of the Limerick City and County Council for their kind grant, as well as the Arts Council for supporting festivals and events; for the venues which have supported us with space, and of course to our audience, all of which keeps us going and doing what we do.

Please note, this page is under construction: some details may be changed in the coming days.






Ormston House • 19:00 – Late

Brooklyn Bond – Paperweight

Brooklyn Bond releases her debut micro-collection Stepping Stones, a work of imagery and poetry.

This is the sixth micro-collection Stanzas has released under the Paperweights title, and we are delighted to provide Brooklyn with this opportunity to showcase their work.

Chris Ward – Music

Accompanying the night, Chris Ward, local singer-songwriter and popular street busker, will perform a number of pieces.



Chris Ward is a young singer songwriter from Limerick city born and bred having love for many kinds of music. his current style is based in R&B and soul as well as pop folk and a hint of rock. Having only been on the scene less then 2 years Chris has already supported the likes of Declan O’rourke Katie Gallagher Dora Gola and James OR as well as being a well known limerick busker. With an ep in the works enthusiasm and ambition to match Chris will be one to watch in the coming years!

This is a free event, as all of our events are, and some light refreshments will be served as part of the occasion.





Ormston House • 11:00 – 13:00

Poetry Film Workshop with Paul Casey

Paul Casey will present a workshop on Poetry Films.

Limited Spacing, booking required [stanzas.limerick@gmail.com]




Paul Casey has published poems in journals and anthologies in Ireland and worldwide, in five languages. His most recent collection is Virtual Tides (Salmon Poetry, 2016). This follows home more or less (Salmon, 2012) and a chapbook, It’s Not all Bad (Heaventree Press, 2009). He curates the annual IndieCork/Ó Bhéal International Poetry Film competition in Cork. He made a poetry-film of Ian Duhig’s poem The Lammas Hireling, (https://vimeo.com/45341598 ) which featured at poetry film festivals around the world. He also edits the annual Unfinished Book of Poetry for secondary school students, gives workshops and promotes poets in his role as director of Ó Bhéal – http://www.obheal.ie


Ormston House • 13:00 – 14:00

Culture & Croissants


Join us for a light brunch and a light performance of some classical female poetry presented by a team of Stanzas Regulars.

IMG_20170930_215031_277.jpgLinda Louise Galvin is a 23 year old poet from Limerick, also known as “The Poet with the hat”. She was one of six poets chosen for the second edition of the Sextet revival and recently had her paperweight “The Penny Collection” published by Stanzas. She has been writing professionally for 3 years but started writing poetry when she was a child. She is now a prominent name in the Limerick poetry scene.

IMG_3099.jpgJasmine: not a writer; not a poet; just a quiet observer who seeks to venture beyond banalities and the horizon. a creative output fuelled by an overactive imagination, childish infatuation with nature, and existential crises in the shower. a pseudo-intellectual in the park with leaves of grass and a cigarette.


headshotAisling is studying Journalism & New Media in UL, and has ambitions of a career in magazine journalism. In her spare time she likes to read, write, and play music. She loves tattoos, coffee, and dogs.



Aimee Godfrey is a Creative Writing student at NUI Galway, and a regular contributor to Stanzas.

Ormston House • 14:00 – 15:00

 Lecture Series


Join us for a lecture series featuring the works of Iva Yates and Alan O’Driscoll.


Alan will present ‘Everything is Literature’ which explores the stories we find in our books, films, songs and videogames, and how all of them are significant. Drawing points from postmodernism and anthropology, it aims to provide an accessible, jargon-free look at how we can seek value in stories of all shapes and sizes.

Alan O’Driscoll is a Limerick native and the former Chairperson of the Mary Immaculate College Writers’ Society. He is writing his PhD thesis on high fantasy literature and its mythic role in the modern world. He teaches English, rambles on community radio, and dabbles in all forms of writing from mythic fantasy to sketch comedy.

Professional Selfie 2Iva Yates (San Juan, Puerto Rico — 1978) is the author of an artist’s book, Algunas aberraciones y un orgasmo (Some perversions and an orgasm)She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Limerick. Her PhD project is titled The Golden Comb: A Novel and Critical Analysis. The novel uses Áíne’s mythology and folklore, specifically that relating to the area of Lough Gur in Co. Limerick, to construct the plot of a contemporary, literary novel. She holds a MA in English Literary Studies from the University of York and a  BA in English from Boston College.

Ormston House • 15:00 – 17:00

Hyphen-Poetry: Poetry-Film

Paul Casey presents a selection of Poetry-Films from the O Bhéal archive.


Ormston House • 17:00 – 19:00

Have a Break

We take a moment to go for a bite to eat in The UnderDog Cafe and relax before the evening events!


Ormston House • 19:00 – 22:00

The Big Open Mic

Stanzas as Usual and our open mic!

A Man Called Horse and John W. Sexton shall be our guests for the evening.

A Man Called Horse – this spoken word performer is a five-time Munster Poetry Slam Champion, has performed at the electric picnic and other festivals for the last seven years. He is a singer-songwriter, storyteller, master of monologues and wizard of words.

Davin O’Dwyer of the Irish Times wrote about his first Dublin Performance  “Hilarious comic monologues”.

Stephen James Smith said, “if the Irish psyche had a voice it would be the voice of the horse.”

Eugene O’Brien , author of the award winning Eden and TV’s Pure Mule said of the Horse, “this man’s unique way with words is pure jaw drop astonishing.”

Kale Ryan said “the horse orbits planets you and I can only dream of.”

JohnJohn W. Sexton is the author of six poetry collections, the three most recent of which are Petit Mal (Revival Press 2009), The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry 2013) and Futures Pass (Salmon Poetry 2018). Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His poem “In and Out of Their Heads”, from The Offspring of the Moon, was selected for The Forward Book of Poetry 2014.

His page at Salmon Poetry is here.

He is also Ireland’s most widely published science fiction poet and his poetry in this genre has appeared in most of the leading publications including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Dreams & Nightmares, Faerie Magazine, Grievous Angel, Liminality, Mirror Dance, Mithila Review, Silver Blade, Star*Line and Strange Horizons.

Record Room • 22:00 – Late

Birthday Bash

We go for a few drinks and some entertainment provided by Proper Micro NV

36427205_1849307391842279_5814276414630789120_nProper Micro NV is the alias of 23 year old Limerick singer, songwriter and electronic music producer Rory Hall. Having played venues and festivals such as Whelan’s, The Workmans, Body&Soul, Roisin Dubh, Dolan’s, The Grand Social and an upcoming gig at Castlepalooza Festival, Proper has picked up a reputation for his outlandish live show equal of electronic sounds & theatrics, as well as being selected as a State.ie Face of 2018.


JOE.ie – “A gifted force”

REMY – “Colours is easily one of the best Irish EP’s to be released this year, in any genre.”

Roisin Murphy – “His voice is gorgeous”

Hotpress – “A gorgeous blast of electropop”

Dave Hanratty – “Theatrical Noisewave”

State.ie – “Rory Hall’s Proper Micro NV creates electronica that’s blisteringly sharp, beautifully layered, but also poignant and soulful. A rare combination from a relatively young contender”

Pause Musicale France – “Proper Micro NV , is at age 23, a raw talent to follow closely and love intensely”





Ormston House • 11:00 – 13:00

Slam Poetry Workshop with Nicholas FitzGerald

All-Ireland Slam Poetry joint-winner Nicolas FitzGerald gives a workshop on Slam Poetry.

Limited Spacing, booking required [stanzas.limerick@gmail.com]


Nic HeadshotNicholas Fitzgerald started performing poetry in 2009 while studying for his B.A. In Creative Writing.

Highlights include performing at the Volvo Ocean Race Final, Limerick Fringe Festival and at Thoor Ballylee – Yeats’ tower.

In December 2016 he won the All-Ireland Poetry Slam in Limerick and went on to represent Ireland in the European Slam Poetry competition. Aside from poetry, he wrote a short film that won OFFLine film competition in 2014, and went on to be screened in The Galway Film Fleadh, and festivals in both Italy and Toronto. Last year, he was longlisted for the Fish Publishing Non-fiction prize for a memoir about his time in Japan, and at the moment he is putting the finishing touches on his debut novel.


Ormston House • 13:00 – 14:00

Culture & Croissants

Doire Poetry

Doire poetry kindly showcases two poets from their publishing house.


Screen Shot 2018-07-03 at 18.28.37NIì CHURREAìIN is a poet from Northwest Donegal. Her debut collection ‘Bloodroot’ is published by Doire Press (Autumn 2017) and has been shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. It has been reviewed widely in Ireland and abroad. Online reviews include The Irish TimesThe London EconomicThe Yale Review The Florida Review.


NIì CHURREAìIN has previously been awarded literary fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), Jack Kerouac House (Florida) and Hawthornden Castle (Scotland). In 2016 she was the recipient of a Next Generation Artist Award by President Michael D. Higgins on behalf of the Arts Council. She is the current 2018 Kerry Writer In Residence and the recent recipient of the inaugural John Broderick Residency Award from the Westmeath Arts Office in partnership 

with the Arts Council. More info at www.studiotwentyfive.com

“These are the poems the world, and particularly its women, have been waiting for.” Hubert O’ Hearn, The London Economic (2017)


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ROBYN ROWLAND is an Irish-Australian dual-citizen,
living half-time in Connemara. She has written twelve books of poetry, including her most recent Line of Drift (Doire Press) and This Intimate War Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915 (Five Islands Press & Bilge Kultur Sanat). Robyn’s poetry appears in national and international literary journals, as well as in over forty anthologies, including eight editions of Best Australian Poems since 2004, and Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Her work
has been awarded a number of prizes and has been featured on Australian and Irish national radio programs. Robyn has two CDs, Off the Tongue and Silver Leaving — Poems & Harp with Lynn Saoirse. She was featured on the RTE Poetry Program and
filmed for the National Irish Poetry Reading Archive, UCD.

Mosaics from the Map is forthcoming with Doire Press in
spring, 2018.

Robyn has read in many festivals and events throughout Ireland, including: Cúirt, Éigse Michael Hartnett, Strokestown Poetry Festival, Listowel Writers Week, Yeats Society, Scriobh, Clifden Community Arts Week, October Arts Festival, The Sunflower Sessions, Over the Edge and O’Bheal. She has also read internationally in Turkey, Bosnia, Serbia, India, Greece, Italy, Portugal, the UK, Australia and a number of other European countries

Ormston House • 14:00 – 15:00

Rehearsed Reading with Tiger’s Eye Theatre Company

This Limerick-based theatrical group will give a rehearsed reading of “The Sisters of CastleKnock House” by Niall Carmody.


Fran, Jo and Ger live in isolation. They spend their days vigorously preparing for an attack that may never occur. Their best form of defence? Fake beards. “The Sisters of CastleKnock House” is a black comedy that explores the bond between three sisters as their world crumbles around them after the sudden death of their father. They are faced with their worst fears as they scramble to find their place in this new reality. An innovative new piece of writing by Niall Carmody.

“Listen to Fran, stick to the plan. If you’re going to bury your problems, you better dig deep…”

Tiger’s Eye Theatre (TET) is a Limerick based theatre collective founded in 2016. Their first production, “Play on Words” by Niall Carmody, was an original piece that premiered at Smock Alley Theatre in 2017. It then transferred to the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 (where it received a four star review from The Scotsman) and was then performed at the Limerick Fringe 2018 where it won The Emerging Artist Award. TET has also produced Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” in June 2017 and three rehearsed readings in Chez le Fab in June 2018. Tiger’s Eye will be performing their new play, “The Sisters of CastleKnock House” in C Venues Royale at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.


Ormston House • 15:00 – 17:00

Hyphen-Poetry: Poetry-Dance

Lucy Dawson guides an improvised poetry and dance ensemble. Four poets and four dancers weave their way through an intricate series of improv games themed around the Mythological Water Beasts.

“The Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2016-) began with an open research process, meeting with catchment custodians to learn about the wild spaces and species of the city. Grounded in community wisdom, the project returns indoors over the next six months with a series of artistic commissions, starting with Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Tom Watt and Tanad Williams in April, followed by Ann Blake, Chris Boland, Ceara Conway, Mary Conroy, and Emma Fisher. The evolving exhibition-environment will also feature an open call via our new Membership Scheme, and objects and artefacts from the municipal collection, extracted through archaeological digs of the river.” Ormston House


The Underdog • 17:00 – 19:00

Big Break

We take a moment to go for a bite to eat in The UnderDog Cafe and relax before the evening events!


Record Room • 19:00 – 22:00


Six Slam Poets battle it out to see who will be crowned the first SLAMZAS Grand Champion.

MC and additional poetry by All Ireland Joint-Winner Nicolas Fitzgerald

36612415_10215692561205312_728228021617557504_nCara Kursh is a singer/songwriter based in Cork City. She’s been doing spoken word since last year, taking a break from songwriting. She has performed at ‘Under The Hammers’ in Connolys of Leap and runs the spoken word night ‘Sling Slang’ in Cork City. Her themes vary from mental health, to self-expression. Her new EP ‘Crown Shyness’ will be coming out in August/September and will feature some of her spoken word along with her music.

36671401_10155432970113414_5543973378001469440_nMegan Cronin has been writing poetry for years but began taking it seriously this past year when she discovered spoken word and the thrill of performing. Megan joined roller derby in April 2016, a sport that embodies body positivity; a concept which makes an appearance quite regularly in Megan’s writing. She also writes about female empowerment, a broken heart or two and completely unrelated topics from time to time.
Megan was invited to perform at the closed mic of the 2017 Winter Warmer Festival and has competed in the Munster Slam Poetry competition and Slamzas. Her poetry can be found in Ó Bhéal’s “Five Words Volume XI” and “Autonomy”. She also has a blog which she regularly updates with her favourite pieces that she’s written at https://itsmegyeah.wordpress.com/.

Kevin Hussey is a member of your species of mammal. He lives and studies in and around Limerick City, dabbling in various cultural events. He is a regular attendee of the Stanzas Evening of Words in the city – a “Stanzonian”, if you will – and has had his poetry published in their monthly chapbook and in the Limerick Magazine.

Kevin is a self-taught Gaelgóir with language skills mistaken for native by native speakers themselves. He enjoys dance, theatre and playing hop-scotch, and his passions are language learning, poetry and wishing you the very best. He hopes you have a lovely day.

I.K. HeadshotIlyana Kuhling is an Irish-Canadian poet and psychology graduate based in Limerick. In January 2018, Ilyana had two poems published in the Hennessy New Irish Writing segment of the Irish Times. She also has poetry published in Silver Apples, The Ogham Stone and Dodging the Rain. In May, her poem “Multitudes” was broadcast on the RTÉ Radio 1 Sunday Miscellany. Following a winning spoken word performance at the 2018 Cúirt literary festival, Ilyana will be performing at Electric Picnic later this year.

Paul McNamara is a performance poet and playwright from Limerick. Paul is a two time All-Ireland Spoken Word Poetry runner-up and has won the Munster Spoken Word Slam (2016), Limerick’s Got Talent (2015), and the inaugural Yeats’ Tower Slam (2016) sponsored by Poetry Ireland. His first play ‘Searching For Rusty’ was performed in Limerick in 2016. His has been featured on RTE Radio 1, Irish TV, TV3 and at festivals such as Indiependence. ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ (2018) a one man comedic show combining theatre and poetry was performed at Limerick Fringe and is scheduled for Galway Fringe.


Record Room • 22:00 – Late


The Stanzas Team present a dramatic reading of gay anthems – in drag.




Ormston House • 14:00 – 16:00

Culture & Croissants

Join us for the last event, brunch and a light performance with guest speakers Mike McGrath, John Carew and music by Avia Gurman and Itamar Meir.

From sacred words, to sacred sounds and sacred beats.

A Female voice entwined with didgeridoo, percussions and electronic beats.

A spiritual and tribal musical experience.

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