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7 June 2013 New York Launch of Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2013
Join Darina Allen and ourselves at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn to celebrate this year's prize, which is even bigger and better! Readings by Nick Laird, Catherine Barnett and this year's judge, New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe. From 7pm.
Venue: Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St Brooklyn, NY 11211
2 June 2013 Launch of the first issue of The Caterpillar
A party at The Moth in Cavan to celebrate the launch of this new magazine for children (aged 7‒12). There'll be a wonderful sea-world exhibition by Kasia Zimnoch, funny readings by Tommy Sharkey and Will Govan, music, games, and sweets and treats. 3‒5pm. See www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com for more details.
Venue: The Moth, 81 Church Street, Cavan, Ireland
25‒26 May 2013 Portraiture Workshop with Caroline Fay at The Moth Studios
An intensive two-day workshop in portraiture in oils for beginners and those who have dabbled. See www.themothstudios.com for more details
30 March 2013 Ballymaloe Poetry Prize Award Ceremony
A special prizegiving event at Ballymaloe Cookery School, with readings by the three winning poets and a selection of beautiful food from Darina Allen's kitchen. From 5‒7pm. Tickets available at www.cookingisfun.ie.
Venue: Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, Co. Cork
23‒24 February 2013 Oil Painting Workshop with Caroline Fay at The Moth Studios
An intensive two-day workshop for those who have never used oil paints or have only dabbled. See www.themothstudios.com for more details.
26‒27 January 2013 Abbie Lathe Singing Workshop at The Moth Studios
Award-winning singer-songwriter and teacher, Abbie Lathe, will be giving a unique weekend workshop in singing. Bound to be an uplifting experience.
The Caterpillar ‒ our new arts and literature offspring for children ‒ will be here in June 2013!
We are really excited to announce the imminent arrival of The Caterpillar. If you are interested in submitting work, please email short stories (of no more than 1,000 words) or poems to firstname.lastname@example.org. The age range is 7‒12.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2012: 1st Prize of €5,000
Click here for further details. the winning poems feature in the spring 2013 issue of The Moth, available here.
The Moth Short Story Prize 2012
We're delighted to announce the launch of the Moth Short Story Prize, judged by Martina Evans ‒ with a 1st prize of €1,000 and a 2nd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse ‒ and this year there's no word limit. The closing date is 31 March 2013. You can read all about it here.
Previously at The Moth ...
22 November 2012 Launch of Rebecca O'Connors poetry collection We'll Sing Blackbird
Join us at the Moth to celebrate the launch of Rebecca's first full collection of poems with a short reading and drinks from 7.30‒
Venue: The Moth Studios
, 81 Church Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan
27 October 2012 Master Class in Novel Writing with Christine Dwyer Hickey
An intensive one-day workshop with the author of the Irish Kerry Group Book of the Year 2012. For more details contact Rebecca O'Connor at email@example.com
or call (0)49 4362677.
Venue: The Moth Studios, 81 Church Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan
16‒20 August 2012 The Moth at the Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan Town
The Moth will be hosting an arts and literature extravaganza at the Moth Studios
in Cavan Town during the world's largest traditional Irish music festival, with live music, poetry, a 'Michael D. Higgins Prize' and art exhibitions.
7 June 2012 Launch Night: The Stinging Fly and The Moth at Dublin Writers' Festival
With live readings by featured guest writers Christine Dwyer Hickey, Rebecca O’Connor, Kit Fryatt and Billy Ramsell, this after-dark soirée offers a relaxed and informal encounter with tomorrow’s established and rising literary stars. 9.30pm.
Venue: Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2
13 May 2012 Open Day and Launch of Pauline Halton Exhibition at the Moth Studios
Learn about the various courses and workshops on offer at the studios and enjoy a new exhibition of oil paintings by celebrated local artist Pauline Halton.
Venue: 81 Church Street, Cavan Town
25 March 2012 Ballymaloe Poetry Prize Award Ceremony
Celebrations at the beautiful Grain Store at Ballymaloe House
in Co. Cork, with readings from the judge Matthew Sweeney and the winning poets. 6‒8.30pm.
Venue: The Grain Store, Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork
Victor's Dung Social Initiative Tour Feb‒April 2012
Seamus O'Rourke's Victor's Dung, in association with the Social Initiative and sponsored by Calor, is currently touring GAA clubs throughout Ireland. For further details click here.
2 December 2011 Moth Christmas Party and Second Floor Studios Exhibition
Join us upstairs at the Abbey Bar to celebrate a year in the life of The Moth
and the Second Floor Studios ‒ and the launch of the winter issue ‒ from 8pm till late.
Venue: The Abbey Bar, Coleman Road, Cavan
31 October 2011 Shakespeare & Co. Event
Christine Dwyer Hickey will read from her new novel The Cold Eye of Heaven, the elusive Robert McLiam Wilson will read something surprising, and poet and editor of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor, will read a selection of her work and some of her favourite poems from the last six issues of the magazine. Afterwards stay for the swinging tunes of a stupendous Parisian swing band. From 7 p.m. onwards.
Venue: Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 75005
7 October 2011 Launch of new 'moth editions' series
Readings by Dermot Healy, Ted McCarthy, Kate Dempsey and Ciarán O’Rourke. From 7.30pm onwards. Please do come along and celebrate this new venture with us.
Venue: Moth office, Second Floor Studios, The Former See House, Kilmore, Cavan
23 September 2011 Open House at Second Floor Studios and Moth HQ
The editor of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor, and Will Govan, the director of The Second Floor Studios, invite you to celebrate Culture Night at an open evening at The Former See House. Have your portrait drawn, sing along with musician-in-residence Cormac McCann, listen to poems by Rebecca O'Connor and enjoy a guided tour of the studios and Moth office. From 7‒9pm.
Venue: Second Floor Studios, The Former See House, Kilmore, Cavan
7 July 2011 Launch of the inaugural Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize in Dublin
The official launch, not to be missed. With readings by Eileen Casey, Anne Haverty and Gerard Smyth, all featuring in the summer 2011 issue of The Moth. From 7 p.m. onwards. All welcome.
Venue: The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin
2 July 2011 Poetry and Short Stories Publishing Seminar
Talks will be given by Ciaran Carty, editor of New Irish Writing; Declan Meade, editor of The Stinging Fly; Rebecca O' Connor, poet and editor of The Moth; Jessie Lendennie, managing director of Salmon Poetry; Kevin Barry, short story writer and novelist; and Kevin Higgins, poet and co-organiser of Over The Edge Reading Series. Full details are available on their website.
Venue: The Irish Writers' Centre
4 June 2011 The Pitch at Listowel Writers Week
Catch this unique production at St. John's Theatre. For details of this and other performances throughout the country click here.
24 February 2011 Premiere of The Pitch by Shane Connaughton
If you're in Cavan then be sure not to miss this production of the award-winning writer's new play in which he takes the lead role. It runs for six nights in total, and tickets are still available at Multisound in Cavan Town on 049 4361312.
27 January 2011 An evening of poetry and wine
Moth contributors Kate Dempsey, Tommy Murray and Seamus O'Rourke join us for an evening of poetry and wine-tasting - with fine wines from the Castillo Perelada winery in Spain and delicious canapes courtesy of Delish, Cavan's finest cafe. From 7.30pm onwards.
Venue: Delish, Abbey Street, Cavan Admission: €10
16 December 2010 London launch of winter 2010 issue (3)
The Moth takes flight in the UK with a launch party in London ‒ with readings by Annie Freud, Adam O'Riordan, Julia Bird, Derek Adams, Meryl Pugh, Todd Swift, Tim Wells and Moris Farhi. Admission free. All welcome.
Venue: Jimmy's, 23 Frith Street, London W1
The Pitch Social Initiative Tour Nov 2011‒Jan 2012
The Pitch, in association with the Social Initiative and sponsored by Calor, is currently touring GAA clubs throughout Ireland. The feedback so far has been tremendous. For more information click here.
The Moth-Altun Short Story Prize
We're delighted to announce the launch of the Moth-Altun Short Story Prize. There's just one overall prize of €1,000 for a story of no more than 2,500 words, and the closing date is 31 March 2012. You can read all about it here.
A New Series of Minature Poetry Books from The Moth
The Moth is launching a new series of miniature poetry books called 'moth editions', which will be published on 7 October (National Poetry Day in Ireland) 2011. The first four titles in the series feature work by Dermot Healy, Kate Dempsey, Ted McCarthy and Ciaran O'Rourke. They're available to purchase on our website and in select outlets.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
It's hard to believe, but the summer 2011 issue of The Moth will be on bookshelves in a few days from now (31 May). Our birthday issue! And to celebrate, we're launching the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. See 'Forthcoming Events' below for more details.
Moth Contributor Wins Hennessy Literary Award
Eileen Casey has just won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Fiction. Her story, 'Put your Shoes on, Susie, We're Going out Tonight' featured in issue 2 of The Moth, and her poetry will feature in issue 5 (June 2012).
The Pitch On Tour Spring/Summer 2011
The second leg of the Gonzo performance of Shane Connaughton's play The Pitch (with Connaughton himself playing the lead) takes place this Thursday 3 March. It will be touring Ireland in May and June, ending at the New Theatre in Temple Bar, Dublin. Click here for more details.
London Launch Winter 2010
We're delighted to say that The Moth is now stocked in several bookshops throughout London, including the London Review Bookshop. The London launch at Jimmy's Greek restaurant in Soho was a hoot, even if the PA system was banjaxed and the poets had to shout above the din.
Totally Dublin had this to say about the magazine: 'The Moth is a rare gem ... Something quite special has been created by O'Connor and Govan, not only in the exceptional content of the magazine, but also in the elegantly set print and pages.'
Dublin Launch Autumn 2010
The Dublin Moth party, which was held at the wonderful Winding Stair on 16 September 2010, featured readings by Niamh Bagnell, Kate Dempsey, John McKeown and Shane Connaughton. It got a little mention in the Irish Times ...