The Desmond O’Grady Memorial Reading 2024

The Desmond O’Grady Memorial Reading 2024


On Wed 17th April at 7.30pm and presented in association with Poetry Ireland The 2024 Desmond O’Grady Memorial Reading takes place in The People’s Museum of Limerick, Pery Square. Plus the results of The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2024 will be announced by competition judge Arthur Broomfield.

The three poets reading on the night are Niamh Twomey, last year’s winner of the Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition, and Arthur Broomfield and Matthew Geden.

Matthew Geden was born and brought up in the English Midlands, moving to Kinsale in 1990. His poetry collections include Swimming to Albania, The Place Inside and Fruit. In November 2019 he was Writer in Residence at Nanjing Literature Centre in China. Since March 2020 he has been Writer in Residence for Cork County Library and Arts Office. He currently teaches on the Creative Writing MA course at UCC and is the Director of Kinsale Writing School.

Niamh Twomey is a poet from Co. Clare. She won the 2023 Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition and the 2022 Trim Poetry Competition.  Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as London Magazine, Rattle, Local Wonders: Poems of Our Immediate and Banshee, among others. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Poetry at Queens University Belfast.

Arthur Broomfield is a poet and Beckett scholar from Ballyfin, Co Laois. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Arthur’s poems have been published in Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers and many other literary journals in Ireland, the UK, USA and India. His current poetry collection is At Home in Ireland (Revival Press).

Again this year all events are free and open to the public.

So come and join the fun, we are looking forward to welcoming you!

NOTE: Enquiries about April is Poetry Month in Limerick contact: Dominic Taylor at or 087 2996409.