Limerick Writers Festival

Monday 1st - Tuesday 30th April
  • Writing

April is Poetry Month - For the month of April Limerick will showcase the best from the world of poetry, including local, national and international readers! 

The Limerick Writers' Centre presents April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 and your opportunity to take part in writing a poem for Limerick. All you have to do is finish the sentence 'Limerick is...' with a phrase, a word or whatever you like and send in an email to before the end of February 2019.

Our appointed Poet Laureate will edit a selection of the submissions into one poem and it will be printed and framed and presented to Limerick City and County Council during April is Poetry Month in Limerick to be displayed in City Hall. Leaflets also available in local libraries for you to enter.

Throughout the month of April a cornucopia of events will appeal to those with a passion for poetry and also those with only a passing interest.

The festival, which was inaugurated by the Limerick Writers’ Centre and Quay Books in 2013, has now grown into a nationally recognised, all-poetry festival for lovers of poetry, and a world-class, life-enriching series of events for participants and audiences alike.

April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 is supported by Limerick City and County Council.

Festival Events

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2019

In association with April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019, The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition was inaugurated in 2012 by the late Barney Sheehan, poetry impresario of the White House Poetry Revival, in honour of Limerick poet Desmond O’Grady and was last held in 2014.

The Limerick Writers’ Centre are reviving the competition as part of their April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 festival. The prizewinner of this year’s competition will be announced during April and will be invited to give a reading of his/her work during the 2020 festival. Poems can be in either Irish or English.

For more information or to enter go to

Limerick City
The Limerick Writers' Centre

12 barrington Street, Limerick

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