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Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival (Press Release)

This year’s Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival will run from 24 -26 October.

Events include lunchtime readings at the Hunt Museum, screenings of poetry films, a varied programme for schools and the ‘Young Poet of the Year Award’.

Cuisle 2013 will also feature evening performances by Anthony Cronin, Biddy Jenkinson, Slovenian poet Iztok Osojnik, Macdara Woods and Hugh Maxton among others, and this year the festival’s network of poetic exchanges, which already includes Slovenia and the UK, has been extended to Italy.

Meanwhile, there will be discussions, an Open Mic session, and book launches which will include the yearly poetry anthology “The Stony Thursday Book”, edited this year by Paddy Bushe.   

The annual Festival is funded by Limerick City Council Arts Office and The Arts Council.

“The Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival is dedicated to poetry in all its forms and varieties, featuring the best of local, national, and international poets,” explained Sheila Deegan, City Arts Officer.

Ms. Deegan continued: “For 19 years, Cuisle has helped to establish Limerick a centre for poetry not only in this country, but throughout Europe and beyond. Cuisle is the pulse that brings life to language, and creates friendships through verse between all peoples. All of this is wrapped up in the warm tradition of Cuisle, providing a very special atmosphere that festival guests have come to love. If you’re within a pigeon’s flight of Limerick, or need some poetry in your life, pay a visit to the City for Cuisle.”

The Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival will be formally launched on Wednesday 23 October and will run from 24 – 26th October (Thursday, Friday, Saturday).  Further information is available from or The Arts Service, Limerick City Council: 00 353-61-407421 or For specific information regarding Schools’ Programme or Young Poet of the Year Award contact Bertha McCullagh 085 759 3265 or

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