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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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TRANSLATIONS

 

Click on each cover for a blurb, reviews, author biographies and sample poems. Paypal links on individual pages.

 

 

A Boat to Heaven by Zhao Lihong


A Boat to Heaven

Southword Editions, 2010.
Poems by Zhao Lihong. Translated from Chinese by Xu Qin.

 

 

 

 


Pocket Apocalypse


Pocket Apocalypse

Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska. Translated from Polish by Gerry Murphy.


 

 

 

 

 

Selected Poems

 

Selected Poems
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Kyriakos Charalambides. Translated from Greek by Greg Delanty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Visit to the Clockmaker

 

A Visit to the Clockmaker
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Kristin Dimitrova. Translated from Bulgarian by Gregory O'Donoghue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moose Beetle Swallow


Moose Beetle Swallow

Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Andres Ehin. Translated from Estonian by Patrick Cotter.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Blind


Flying Blind

Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Guntars Godiņš. Translated from Latvian by Eugene O'Connell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richesses

 

Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Southword Editions, 2008. Hardback.
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay in a Sanitorium

A Stay in a Sanatorium
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Zbyněk Hejda. Translated from Czech by Bernard O'Donoghue.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Songs of Earth and Light

 

Songs of Earth and Light
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Barbara Korun. Translated from Slovene by Theo Dorgan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Belling

 

The Belling
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by László Lator. Translated from Hungarian by Divers Hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Raising of Lazarus

 

After the Raising of Lazarus
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Ileana Mălăncioiu. Translated from Romanian by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confidential Reports

 

Confidential Reports
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Immanuel Mifsud. Translated from Maltese by Maurice Riordan.


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Towers Turn Red

 

The Towers Turn Red
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Sigitas Parulskis. Translated from Lithuanian by Liz O'Donoghue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forty Four

 

Fourty Four
Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Dana Podracká. Translated from Slovak by Robert Welch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Words Ireland

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

 

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Leanne O'Sullivan

Poetry with
Leanne O'Sullivan
begins 21 October

 

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now open
for entries.

 

 

 

Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

10 - 13 February
2016

 

 

 

Southword Issue 28

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

 

Southword Publications

Victoria Kennefick

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Victoria Kennefik
& Virginia Astley

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

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

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition

Workshops

Now closed.
Thanks to those
who entered!

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

 

 

 

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

Now closed!
Thank you to
everyone who
entered.

 
 
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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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