Poetry hitting the nail

Sufi masters; inspiration for some of tonight's readings, Thursday 5.

THE People’s Museum of Limerick on Pery Square, formerly Culture House, is home to the On The Nail monthly meet of literary matters. Look to join the next event organised by Limerick Writers’ Centre this Thursday March 5 at 8pm when poets Paddy Moran and Marian O’Rourke lead readings and other craic.

From organiser Dominic Taylor, we hear that Marian is from Limerick and has spent most of her life in North America.  Her poems have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Ireland, England, and Canada; she has international broadcast experience and has performed at transatlantic poetry events.

Forty years ago, she met Adnan Sarhan, a Sufi Master from Baghdad and became his student, travelling with him throughout Europe, the US and Canada.  Many of her poems reflect this period of her life and Sufi mysticism.

Patrick Moran was born in Templetuohy, Tipperary where he lives, working as a teacher. He has won the Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry Prize; he is a past winner at Listowel Writers’ Week and the 2008 Éist Poetry Competition. In 1990, Patrick was shortlisted for the Hennessy/ Sunday Tribune Poetry Award.

Patrick’s works have appeared widely in the Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Times, Cyphers, The Honest Ulsterman, Cork Literary Review, THE SHOp (sic), Irish Pages and The Stinging Fly.

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