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MLC books

Welcome to the Munster
Literature Centre

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, at which the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize is awarded (established 2010).

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.

 

 

 

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FOOL FOR POETRY CHAPBOOKS
& OTHER TITLES

 

 

Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbooks from Southword Editions

 

 

Tania HershmanNothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open by Tania Hershman
Southword Editions
30 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-44-3
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)/ €7 (shipped internationally)

 

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Tania Hershman lives in Bristol, UK, and is the author of two short story collections and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion. To purchase SIGNED copies of this chapbook, or for more information on the writer, visit taniahershman.com

 

 

 

Banquet in the Hall of HappinessBanquet in the Hall of Happiness by Victor Tapner
Southword Editions
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-45-0
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Victor Tapner's first poetry collection Flatlands (Salt) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the East Anglian Book Award's poetry prize. He has also won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and Scotland's Wigtown prize. His latest collection, Waiting to Tango, appeared in 2016 from Templar. A full-time writer, he was previously a Financial Times journalist. He lives near London. For more information about the author, visit www.victortapner.com

 

 

 

 

Curative HarpThe Curative Harp by Virginia Astley
Southword Editions
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-41-2
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Virginia Astley is a songwriter and musician who from a young age has appreciated the process of writing, often working things out by writing them out. Her collection Solvitur Ambulato was published in The New Writer earlier this year. She has won prizes in several competitions including: The Frogmore, Ver Poets, East Coker and Manchester Cathedral. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is currently completing her book: Keeping the River. This is a narrative non-fiction based on the River Thames and the lives of those who work and live on the river. She has received the Dorset Prize for Poetry. The Curative Harp, a début publication for Astley, was a co-winner of the 2014 Fool For Poetry Competition.

 

 

Victoria KennefickWhite Whale by Victoria Kennefick
Southword Editions
28 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-40-5
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Victoria Kennefick is a native of Shanagarry, Co. Cork.  She was a receipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007 and completed her PhD in Literature at University College Cork in 2009. Her poems have been published in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Wordlegs, The Weary Blues and Abridged.  She won the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize in 2013 and is shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014 judged by Emily Berry.  In 2013 her work was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2013 and highly commended in the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize 2014.  She was selected to read as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2013 and at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival Emerging Writers Reading in February 2014.  Now living and working in Kerry, she is a member of the Listowel Writers' Week committee and co-coordinator of its New Writers' Salon, as well coordinating the recently established Kerry Women Writers' Network.   She is the recipient of the Cill Rialaig /Listowel Writers' Week Residency Award 2014 and has just been granted a Bursary from Kerry County Council.  Victoria will be running poetry writing workshops in Tralee and Listowel Libraries sponsored by Kerry County Council as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2014. White Whate, a début publication for Kennefick, was a co-winner of the 2014 Fool For Poetry Competition. 

 

 

 

Done Dating DJsDone Dating DJs
Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Southword Editions, 2009.
Winner of the 2008 Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

 

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Done Dating DJs is the 2009 winner of the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition published by Southword Editions. Minniti-Shippey’s Done Dating DJs contains poems with precursors as varied as William Carlos Williams and Rita Ann Higgins. A wry sophisticated humour is invested in these crisp confident poems by a young poet who has found her voice. If Sex and the City were aimed at a higher brow level and written in verse, this could be it.

 

 

 

Never Trust Where a Cat Sits

 

Never Trust Where a Cat Sits
by Irene A. Mosvold
Southword Editions, 2005.
Winner of the Inaugural Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

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These poems speak with an honesty and straightforwardness, impossible to doubt. If the Wife of Bath had a descendant living in the New World, she could have written these. Of the body and the bawdy, these sixteen short pieces entertain by sly syllables, quick phrases, stunning twists. This is a prize-winning chapbook as refreshing and unabashed as a Sheela-na-gig. -Ron Houchin

 

 

 

Other Titles
from Southword Editions

 

 

New Eyes on the Great BookNew Eyes on the Great Book
Southword Editions
48 pages

Price: €12, free p&p anywhere in the world.

 

 

New Eyes on the Great Book by Divers Hands includes exciting new work by twenty-six Cork poets commissioned to respond to the Great Book of Ireland. All twenty-six poets are themselves not included in the Great Book, either due to age, publishing history or anomaly. Among the contributors are Leanne O’Sullivan,  Matthew Sweeney,  James Harpur, Doireann Ní Ghríofa,  Graham Allen, Mary Nooan and many others. The poets were selected by Graham Allen and Patrick Cotter. Graham Allen has also contributed a lively and informative introduction. The book is published by Southword Editions and is a joint initiative of the School of English University College Cork and The Munster Literature Centre. The project was wholly funded under the DUETS scheme. DUETS is funded by University College Cork’s Strategic Research Fund and the Information Services Strategic Fund.

 

 

 

Pigs' Feet, White Socks & Hoovers AnthologyPigs' Feet, White Socks & Hoovers
Southword Editions
155 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-38-2
Price: €12, free p&p anywhere in the world.

 

 

 

 

In its ten years of existence the Sean O’Faoláin Short Story Prize has become one of the most prestigious international literary accolades. In recent years over a thousand entries are made annually from countries all over the world. In this book we bring together twenty stories from the first ten years chosen by judges who are accomplished short story writers themselves. Writers from Britain, Canada, Ireland and the United States are represented here in a multitude of styles and tones which demonstrates the plurality of the prize. Here you have writers of elegant restraint and wild abandon, the deadly serious and the deadly comic. You have Pigs’ Feet, White Socks, Hoovers and much else besides.

 

 

 

**New titles added on an ongoing basis.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition

Workshops

Now open.
Deadline
31 May 2016

 

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Danielle McLaughlin

Evening fiction
workshops
coming soon.

 

 

Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner

 

 

Southword Issue 29

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Kimberly Campanello
,
Justin Quinn,
Brendan Cleary,
Eleanor Hooker
& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in
autumn.

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

2015 Laureate:
Carys Davies

Carys Davies

World's richest prize for
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
and
Cork City Council
.

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Opens
May 2016

Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.

 

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

2015 winners
announced!

 

 
 
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The Munster Literature Centre
   

Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland.

Tel. (353) 021 4312955, Email: munsterlit(AT)eircom(DOT)net

   
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