A Weekend of Words 2017

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Each July Stanzas holds a birthday bash called ‘A Weekend of Words’. This year’s festivities occur from July 20th – 23rd. Everything is free in.

We acknowledge the support of the Limerick City and County Council for their kind grant, and for the venues which have supported us with free space, all of which helps to keep us going and doing what we do.


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Thursday – July 20th

19:00 – LATE // Ormston House

Launch Night 

Launching the festival, we have Ilyana Kuhling who will be reading from paperweights volume ii, ‘Ambiguous Loss’. As well as Mikey Casey’s feature film ‘Results Night’.

Refreshments will be available on the night.


IlIlyana Kuhling is an Irish-Canadian poet based in Limerick, and a lover of all things spoken word.

She’s a member of the Art-Bar poetry group in Toronto, Canada, and a previous winner of the Dublin-based “Slam-Sunday” poetry competition. Her poetry has been previously published in Silver Apples and Bitterzoet Magazine, and she was featured in the Poetry Day Ireland 2017 Mix-Tape, curated by Lagan Online and Poetry NI.

Ilyana‘s favourite poets include Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop, and she firmly believes that a good cup of tea can solve almost anything.




“Results Night” is a no-budget, independent feature film.

The film is a coming-of-age action bromantic comedy which took a total of 6 months to complete.

“Results Night” follows the story of Aaron (Derek Williams) and his best friend Jacob (Jack Hayes) who embark on a crazy adventure filled with assassins, drug lords, dodgy priests and the IRA after they try get a few drinks to celebrate what should be the best night of their young lives, but now could be their last…

“Results Night” is a lot of the cast and crew’s first feature-film and features some incredible actors such as Graham Gill and Stephen Tubridy. It’s directed by Mikey Casey and stars Derek Williams, Jack Hayes, Kate O’Toole, Brian O’Regan, Ciaran Ryan, Jamie Cusack, Lauren Rushe, Jared Nadin and Paul Fitzgerald.

If you see one film this summer see “The Emoji Movie“, but if you see two films this summer, make sure the second one is “Results Night“!



Friday – July 21st

12:00 // Ormston House

Culture & Croissants

Join us for a bit of breakfast as we munch on pastry and listen to a bit of pop-up culture.


15:00 // Lucky Lane

Closed Mic

Stanzas presents an afternoon of Classy Poems!

Shane Vaughan will be reading some Yeats, much to the chagrin of the man himself who, we imagine, will be turning and turning in his widening gyre.

Jared Nadin will present some anachronistic poems from some anachronistic poet.

Darragh Roche will pretend to be Ireland’s Best Loved Poem, with a bit of Heaney.

Mel White will be rhyming in iambic pentameter with Shakespearean sonnets.

and brooklyn bond will be forgoing upper-case lettering for a bit of ee cummings.


DarraghDarragh Roche won of ‘Bring Your Limericks To Limerick’ 2016 and is Chairman Chairman of Limerick Poets’ Society. Darragh is a local journalist whose work has been published by Reject Pile, the Budapest Times, An Focal (University of Limerick), Cellar Door and others.


Mel White is a spoken word performer based in Clare. In 2016, she won the Cuirt Literary Festival Poetry Slam, and placed second at the Tower Poetry Slam. Mel has performed her poetry at many events, including Electric Picnic, Lingo Festival, Limerick Fringe, Stanzas Weekend of Words, Cloughjordan Speakeatsy, Limerick Spring Festival of Ideas, Tomcat Festival, and the Michael Hartnett festival. Her poetry is both personal and universal: she provides a backdrop of vivid imagery — drawn from her own colourful life experiences — through which she comments on a range of social issues, in a manner that is dynamic, entertaining, and often moving.


BrookBrooklyn Bond is a 18 year old student from Clonlara. They love poetry and are inspired by E.E. Cummings, John Steinbeck, Wilfred Owen, Emily Bronte and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Brooklyn also has a deep love for film and theatre; they’re due to study makeup for stage and screen in college and hope to audition to work for Troy studios after graduating.


19:00 // Hook & Ladder

The Big One

It’s Stanzas as you’ve come to know it! Reading on the night will be Stanzas Co-Founder Caleb ‘B-Boy’ Brennan, as well as Paul McNamara accompanied by Aisling White on Piano.

Following this will be our super-awesome open-mic! This year the open mic is dedicated in memoriam to Teri Murray, who passed away this year and was a great poet with a strong fondness for outsiders, drifters, and vagabonds – truly the makings of great poetry and poets alike.

Sign up for our open mic on the night!


Headshot- Paul McNamaraPaul McNamara is a performance poet, playwright and PhD student from Limerick.

Paul is a two time (and current) All Ireland Spoken Word Champion runner-up. He is the current Munster Spoken Word Champion and current and inaugural Yeats’ Tower Slam Champion, the first ever slam sponsored by national poetry body Poetry Ireland. He is a former winner of Limerick’s Got Talent.

His first play Searching For Rusty was performed in Limerick in 2016 and he completed a one year play-writing course with Olivier Award winning theatre company Fishamble in 2017.  His work has been featured on RTE Radio 1 and Irish TV. He has performed at major festivals such as Independence. His poetry has been published in Sextet, Solstice Sounds and The Stony Thursday.

Aisling HeadshotAisling White is a musician, writer and primary school teacher from County Cork. She recently graduated from Mary Immaculate College, where she was an active committee member of the MIC Children’s Choir, the award winning MIC Live Music Society and the MIC Writers Society. She was active in organising events for these societies such as the Summerville Music Festival and also co-produced three 12 hour theatre events for charity.


Her composition written for the poem ‘It’s Hard to Write” was featured on the Solstice Sounds II C.D produced by Stanzas. She enjoys writing poetry, lyrics and music.

CalebFrom Thomondgate, Caleb Brennan works as a freelance journalist, as event manager with Stanzas and with the CUISLE poetry festival in Limerick.

His work has been published in several noted national and international poetry magazines.

He thinks he is charismatic.



Saturday – July 22nd

12:00 // Ormston House

Culture & Croissants

Join us for a bit of breakfast as we munch on pastry and listen to a bit of pop-up culture.

This Saturday event will feature a piece of experimental theatre-cum-poetry-cum-improv-thingy, written collaboratively by Shane, Caleb, and Micheal Rowsome. It is titled ‘On Creativity’ and is, by no small amount, all about creativity.


15:00 // Ormston House


Edward O’Dwyer and Shane ‘BJaysus’ Vaughan will treat the people to an afternoon of fiction. Ed is currently working on a series of very and very-very short fictions, while Shane likes to write merely short fictions.


Edward O’Dwyer, from Limerick, has had two collections of poetry published by Salmon Poetry: The Rain on Cruise’s Street(2014) and Bad News, Good News, Bad News (2017). His poetry and fiction has been published in many national and international journals and anthologies and been nominated for Pushcart, Forward and Best of the Web prizes. Reviews of his work have on several occasions compared him to Raymond Carver, which he is obviously delighted with. He is currently working on a collection of ‘dark comedy’ micro fictions with the theme of infidelity.


Shane Vaughan is a writer of poetry, prose and plays. His work has been published in Silhouette Press, Poetry NI, The Pickled Body, Unbroken Journal, Honest Ulsterman, Silver Apples and elsewhere. In April his play, Puck & The Lovers, performed in the Cork School of Music. He co-runs Stanzas: an Evening of Words, where he publishes a chapbook of new writing every month and is a board member of The Limerick Fringe which debuted March 2017.


19:00 // Hook & Ladder

The Slam Sunday Takeover

Dublin’s ‘Slam Sunday’ is crossing the pale and coming on down to take over for the night. They’ll be showcasing their huge range of talent and bowling us over with slam, spoken word, and poetic rants.

Following this we’ll head to Mother Macs pub for a few crafty beers and packets of taytos.


ssSlam Sunday is monthly slam poetry competition that takes place in Dublin city centre, Ireland.

12 poets compete by reciting their own poems on stage. Judges selected from the audience decide who gets cash prizes. Poets can sign up on the night and 12 names are selected at random to take part.

All the poems have to be from memory and under 3 minutes long. The show lasts under 2 hours and is a great introduction to spoken word poetry in Dublin.

On Saturday, six spoken word artists perform for a 2 hour show in Limerick as part of the Stanzas festival of poetry and art. Each poet will perform for about 15 minutes. The poets are:

Felicia Olusanya

Elizabeth McGeown

Dagogo Hart

Anthony Ferguson

Brian McMahon Gallagher (MC)

with more to be confirmed.


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Sunday – July 23rd

13:00 // Ormston House

Culture & Croissants

Join us once more in Ormston House for our final Cultural Breakfast, this time with Rosie O’Regan and Tim Cunningham on words, and Jared ‘Mr Tech’ Nadin on music.

After that we’ll retire to the alps for a well deserved rest. And by Alps we mean home. And by rest we mean planning for August.


RosieORegan2015HighRes.jpgRosie O’Regan is a freelance actor and theatre maker with BrokenCrow. Occasionally, she writes poems.







tim-cunningham-wh1Tim Cunningham was born in Limerick. He has worked, mainly in education, in Dublin, London, Delaware and Essex.

Tim has six collections published: Don Marcelino’s Daughter(Peterloo Poets, 2001), Unequal Thirds (Peterloo Poets, 2006), Kyrie (Revival Press, 2008), Siege (Revival Press, 2012), Almost Memories (Revival Press, 2014) and The Lyrics to the Nightingale’s Song (Revival Press, 2016). This coincides with the centenary of his father’s birth in 1916.

Tim was awarded a Kavanagh Fellowship in 2012.


JaredI suppose I should say I’m a writer, but that’s just one spoke to the wheel. A politically correct person would call me a multidisciplinary artist, having worked as a musician, actor, writer, dancer, street performer, circus performer, director, musical director, and educator. I’m just your standard, 23 year old, Jack-of-all-trades.