Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival

Thursday, October 1 2009

Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival 14th – 17th October 2009

Cuisle 2009 marks the twelfth Cuisle Festival in Limerick City, celebrating local, national and international excellence in poetry.  The festival will take place from Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th October with poets two former US Poet Laureates and two Pulitzer Prize winners visiting Limerick over 4 days.  Limerick's long association with poetry makes Cuisle the perfect opportunity and place for audiences to extend their experience of poetry during four festival days of convivial discussion readings, book launches and workshops with the leading contemporary poets of our time.

The festival format over the four days includes lunchtime readings, readings for secondary school students, book launches and evening readings.

This year’s line up of poets include international visiting poets Robert Hass (USA), Donald Hall (USA),  Fleur Adcock (NZ/UK), Penelope Shuttle (UK), Aonghus MacNeachail (Scotland), Lidija Dimkovska (Slovenia), Taja Kramberger (Slovenia), Catherine Smith (UK), John O’Donoghue (UK) and Irish poets Patrick Moran, Ulick O’Connor, Clairr O’Connor and Paul Muldoon, Vivienne McKechnie, Maurice Riordan and Paul Sweeney.

Highlights of the Festival

  • There will be readings for school groups at Limerick City Library and Daghdha
  • There will be a poetry masterclass for schools at the Dominican Biblical Centre
  • The presentation of the Cuisle Young Poet of the Year Awards will take place on Saturday 17th in Daghdha
  • There will be lunchtime readings at Limerick City Gallery of Art each day
  • This year’s Stony Thursday Book is edited by Limerick’s own well know poet, Ciaran O’Driscoll
  • There will be open mic nightly at the White House Pub with a poetry slam on Saturday night
  • Nightly evening readings with poets of national and international importance

Cuisle, Limerick City International Poetry Festival is grant aided by The Arts Council and Limerick City Council

Further information from – The Arts Office, Limerick City Council, City Hall, Merchant’s Quay,

Telephone : 061 407421 / 407363

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   The official Limerick International Poetry Festival Cuisle poster (PDF - 1,827 Kb)

   Cuisle Brochure (PDF - 1,195 Kb)

Last update:01/10/2009