Finalists do battle to be 'king of Limerick writers'

Finalists do battle to be 'king of Limerick writers'

Tom Muldowney, Ruth Vaughan, Dominic Taylor and John King launch the competition Picture: Chris Barr

THE Bring your limericks to Limerick poetry competition returns this week, with 25 finalists ready to do battle for the international poetry crown.

The competition, a joint venture between the Limerick Writers’ Centre and Global Limerick and backed by the Savoy Hotel, will take place this Saturday night in the city hotel.

Dominic Taylor of the Writers’ Centre said entries had been “streaming in” since details were launched, with the finalists now selected and ready to “battle out to be king of the Limerick writers”.

“We have noticed an appreciable increase in the quality of Limericks received over other years with greater emphasis on humour and topical subject matter,” he said.

“The aim is to create an awareness of the connection between the place and the poem so that Limerick can establish itself internationally as one of the few places that gave its name to a literary form.”

The Savoy has put up the prize for the event and Ruth Vaughan, corporate sales director, said it was “very pleased to be involved and supporting this year’s competition”.