Welcome to the Munster
Founded in 1993, the Munster Literature Centre (Ionad Litríochta an Deiscirt) is a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to the promotion and celebration of literature, especially that of Munster. To this end, we organise festivals, workshops, readings and competitions. Our publishing section, Southword Editions, publishes a biannual journal, poetry collections and short stories. We actively seek to support new and emerging writers and are assisted in our efforts through funding from Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.
Originally located in Sullivan's Quay, the centre moved to its current premises in the Frank O'Connor House (the author's birthplace) at 84 Douglas Street, in 2003.
In 2000, the Munster Literature Centre organised the first Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival, an event dedicated to the celebration of the short story and named for one of Cork's most beloved authors. The festival showcases readings, literary forums and workshops. Following continued growth and additional funding, the Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award was introduced in 2005, coinciding with Cork's designation as that year's European Capital of Culture. The award is now recognised as the single biggest prize for a short story collection in the world and is presented at the end of the festival.
In 2002, the Munster Literature Centre introduced the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize, an annual short story competition dedicated to one of Ireland's most accomplished story writers and theorists. This too is presented during the FOC festival. The centre also hosts the Cork Spring Literary Festival each year.
Workshops are held by featured authors in both autumn and spring, allowing the general public to receive creative guidance in an intimate setting for a minimal fee. In addition, the centre sponsors a Writer in Residence each year.
We invite you to browse our website for further information regarding our events, Munster literature, and other literary information. Should you have any queries, we would be happy to hear from you.
BEST OF IRISH POETRY ANTHOLOGIES
Published annually, the Best of Irish Poetry anthology series present the best Irish poems, in both English and Irish, published in the previous year. Selected from a pool of several hundred published candidates, these represent the top fifty poems of the year. Best of Irish Poetry / Scoth na hÉigse is indispensable for every poetry enthusiast.
Best of Irish Poetry 2007
Southword Editions, 2006.
Editors: Colm Breathnach and Maurice Riordan
Includes works by Eavan Boland, Colette Bryce, Moya Cannon, Harry Clifton, Michael Davitt, Gerald Dawe, John F. Deane, Greg Delanty, Paul Durcan, Leontia Flynn, Eamon Grennan, Vona Groarke, Kerry Hardie, Seamus Heaney, Rita Ann Higgins, Biddy Jenkinson, Thomas Kinsella, Nick Laird, Michael Longley, John McAuliffe, Tom McCarthy, Derek Mahon, Dorothy Molloy, Patrick Moran, Paul Muldoon, Gerry Murphy, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Nuala Ní Dhomnaill, Gréagóir Ó Dúill, Catríona O'Reilly, Gabriel Rosenstock, Matthew Sweeney, Richard Tillinghast, David Wheatley and many others.
Best of Irish Poetry 2008
Southword Editions, 2007.
Editors: Thomas McCarthy and Bríd Ní Mhóráin
Includes works by Ciaran Carson, Pádraig J Daly, Gerald Dawe, Louis de Paor, Greg Delanty, Theo Dorgan, Vona Groarke, Kerry Hardie, Seamus Heaney, Thomas Kinsella, Seán Lysaght, Medbh McGuckian, Derek Mahon, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Gerry Murphy, Ceaití Ní Bheildiún, Áine Ní Ghlinn,Mary O'Donnell, Bernard O'Donoghue, Dennis O'Driscoll, Liam Ó Muirthile, Leanne O'Sullivan, Billy Ramsell, Cherry Smyth, Gerard Smyth, William Wall, David Wheatley, Enda Wyley and many others.
Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Southword Editions, 2008.
Editors: Paul Perry and Nuala Ní Chonchúir
Includes works by Ciaran Carson, Harry Clifton, Vona Groarke, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Thomas McCarthy, Medbh McGuckian, Derek Mahon, Paula Meehan, Sinead Morrissey, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Bernard O'Donoghue, Dennis O'Driscoll, Liam Ó Muirthile, Leanne O'Sullivan and others.
Best of Irish Poetry 2010
Includes works by Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Michael McKimm, Leanne O'Sullivan, Leontia Flynn, Eva Bourke, Kerry Hardie and many others.
Southword Editions, 2009.
Editor: Matthew Sweeney
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Short Story Festival
(annually in September)
Seán Ó Faoláin
Open to entries
May - July
The Cork Spring
Open to entries
Anthologies & Translations
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