Poetry Plus in Brewery Lane Theatre

Brewery Lane Theatre

Poetry Plus dates coming up

Where: Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir

Time: 8.15pm

When: see below

2016

Friday, 30th September 2016 The first of the new season – hosted by Heather Comerford and Mary McGrath. Share new writing, old writing, any writing that challenges and/or gives pleasure.

Friday, 17th June 2016 Our final night before taking a summer break. Bring words, bring friends…

Friday, 13th May 2016 A night of words – it can be poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Come as you are, prepared to share.

Friday, 1st April 2016 This will form part of the Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend and is open to everyone.

Friday, 26th February 2016 This will be hosted by Heather Comerford and Mary McGrath and the theme is, ‘COMPOST’. Go dig!!

Friday, 29th January 2016 The first one of 2016 and the theme is ‘CAKE’. Bring your words, your enthusiasm and some friends. All welcome.

2015

Friday, 11th December 2015 The last one of 2015 and the theme is ‘Music’. Bring poems, songs, prose, a guitar if you can play it!

Friday, 6th November 2015 By popular demand there is a theme, ‘Relationships’. Go…

Friday, 2nd October 2015 Starting back after the summer break, expect some new voices, new words and the same warm welcome

Friday, 26th June 2015 This will be the final gathering before the summer break. Hosted by the very gracious Eileen Acheson, as always your words are what we like to hear.

Friday, 8th May 2015 Hosted by Eileen Acheson and you’re invited to bring anything you’d like to read/recite and a prize for those who recite from the heart and also those who bring along someone new. Of course, if you prefer not to read that’s fine.

Friday, 10th April 2015 This event forms part of the 2015 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend but is open to everyone as usual. It should be a lively one and there is no theme. Just bring along some writing, some friends and let’s see what happens.

Friday, 20th March 2015 Theme is ANIMALS – all other details as below.

Friday, 27th February 2015 Theme PERFECTION. The night will be hosted by Kate Gordon and Eileen Acheson. Details as usual, see below.

Friday, 30th January 2015 Theme MEN. The night will be hosted by TBC (mystery), but expect the usual mix of poems, prose, tea and chat. Everyone welcome to read poetry and/or prose (shortish) – you can share your own work or some words you love.

2014

Friday, 19th December 2014 Theme MASKS. The night will be hosted by Kate Gordon & Eileen Acheson – I’m looking forward to a very special night of words!

Friday, 21st November 2014 The theme for the night is ‘Music’ – two poems / shortish pieces of prose or maybe a song or two. Over to you!

Friday, 31st October 2014. We missed September because of Culture Night but at last Poetry Plus returns, and on Halloween night, so you can set free your inner spook! Everyone welcome to read poetry, prose (shortish) – share your own work or some words you love.

Friday, 20th June 2014 sees the last Poetry Plus night of this season. The theme for the night is ‘Dance’ and we start at 8.15pm in the tearoom as usual. We take a break over the summer and come back refreshed and renewed in September!

Friday, 23rd May 2014 is the date of the next Poetry Plus night (see below). The theme for the night is ‘Childhood’ and the start time is 8.15pm in the tea room as usual.

Friday, 21st March 2014 The theme for the night is ‘Bath’. And this night will also mark the start of Poetry Plus. What’s Poetry Plus? It means that in addition to poetry if you wish to read prose, tell a story or anything else related to words feel free to do that. Just keep it reasonably short! For anyone who recites a poem from memory there will be a ‘lucky dip’ prize 😉 So you might like to start memorizing your lines!

Friday, 21st February 2014 The theme for the night is ‘Clothes’. The monthly poetry night is inclusive, no questions asked about publishing credentials. It’s enough that you come, wanting to read or listen to poetry. Everyone who attends may read two poems (and have tea, biscuits and chat). The poems you read can be your own work or not, it’s up to you!

Friday, 31st January 2014 The theme for the night is ‘New’. The monthly poetry night is inclusive, no questions asked about publishing credentials. It’s enough that you come, wanting to read or listen to poetry. Everyone who attends may read two poems (and have tea, biscuits and chat). The poems you read can be your own work or not, it’s up to you!

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Friday, 1st November 2013 – venue changed (for this night only) to meeting room in The Old Mill, New Street, Carrick-on-Suir. The theme for the night is ‘Winter’ and you are free to interpret this in any way you wish. Bring two poems with you if you would like to read, and I encourage you to fully take part, it’s a friendly group. The poems you read can be your own work or written by another.

Friday, 29th November 2013 Mark Roper (2013 Judge of the Brewery Lane Poetry Comp) will give a tutorial in Brewery Lane Theatre on preparing your work for submission to competitions. Mark’s recent collection, ‘A Gather of Shadow’, was shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Poetry Prize and he has just published ‘The Back Strand’, in collaboration with photographer Paddy Dwan, about Tramore’s tidal lagoon. See this Irish Times article. This tutorial will, I hope, encourage more of you to send your work out – we hear many fine poems read at the poetry nights and the next step is to send them out into the world.

Saturday, 30th November 2013 Poet Grace Wells will hold a one-day poetry workshop for secondary school students in Brewery Lane Theatre. This workshop is supported by the South Tipp Arts Office as part of Connex 13. Grace Wells won the Eilis Dillon Best Newcomer Bisto Award for her first book, the children’s novel, ‘Gyrfalcon’, which was also an International White Ravens’ Choice. Children’s books, ‘One World, Our World’ and ‘Ice-Dreams’ appeared in 2009. When God has been Called Away to Greater Things, her first collection of poetry, was published by Dedalus Press in May 2010 and won the Rupert & Eithne Strong Best Debut Award. This promises to be a very special opportunity for young writers in the area.

Friday, 20th December 2013 – usual poetry night in Brewery Lane Theatre. Theme TBA

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The results of the Brewery Lane Poetry Competition 2013 are here

From September through to June poems by local, and not so local, writers are read in the relaxed atmosphere of the tea-room at the back of Brewery Lane Theatre

At the poetry night everyone has the opportunity to read two poems. You can read your own work or choose to share some favourites by another poet. Each month has a theme and you are invited to interpret the theme in as broad a way as you wish.

Come prepared to read either your own poems or poems by others (or both).  Or come simply to listen and enjoy good poetry and chat with other writers. The remaining dates for 2012 – 2013 are: Friday, Nov. 30th 2012 – the theme is: ‘Beginnings’ and the featured poet is Eileen Acheson Friday, Dec. 21st 2012 – the theme is ‘Light and Dark’ and the featured poet is James Foley Friday, Jan. 18th 2013 – the theme is ‘Opposites’ and the featured poet is Karen Moore Friday, Feb. 15th 2013 – the theme is ‘Obsession’ and the featured poet is Liz Murphy Friday, March 15th 2013 – the theme is ‘Women’ and the featured poet is Mary O’Gorman Friday, April 19th 2013 – Poetry Night with Mark Roper celebrating the Brewery Lane Poetry Competition and the launch of the Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend Friday, May 24th 2013 – the theme is ‘Pomp and Popery’. As usual, be inspired by the theme and take it in any direction you like. The featured poet is Ann Dempsey, winner of the 2013 Brewery Lane Poetry Prize. Ann will treat everyone to her thoughts on Shakespeare and his influence on her writing and reading life. Friday, June 28th 2013 – theme ‘Nature’ and the featured poet will be Bríd Kervick. And then we take a break until September. Be sure to mark those dates in your diary. The starting time each month is 8.15pm. This is a free event, with thanks to Brewery Lane Theatre, but with a request that you make  a small donation, perhaps €2, to cover heating, lighting, refreshments.  If you attend and enjoy it do spread the word to others.

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