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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE FRANK O'CONNOR

INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY FESTIVAL

 

 

September 14 - 18, 2011

 

Colm ToibinEdna O'Brien

new dedicated festival website

www.corkshortstory.net

This year's readers to include Edna O'Brien, Colm Toibin, Suzanne Rivecca, Yiyun Li, Alexander MacLeod, Valerie Trueblood, Siobhan Fallon and many more. To learn more about the Frank O'Connor Award, visit our award website: http://www.frankoconnor-shortstory-award.net/

 

 

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The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Cork City-Frank O'Connor Short Story Award has gone to

 

Ron Rash, 2010 FOC Award Winner

 

RON RASH

 

Read the announcement on the Guardian books page.

Read the announcement at the Irish Examiner.

 

More articles & commentary on the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival and its participants:

 

Jen Hamilton-Emery's blog

Ben Greenman of the New Yorker

Belle Bogg's blog

The Irish Times on Robin Black

The Irish Times on Claire Keegan

Gerry Smyth's 'Loose Leaves' in the Irish Times

Irish Times on David Marcus Memorial Reading

Shortlist coverage in the Guardian.

Read Nelin's blog on his festival experience as the Seán Ó Faoláín prize winner.

 

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HISTORY

Introduced in the year 2000, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival takes place in Cork, Ireland.  It is the longest established annual festival dedicated to the short story form in an English-speaking country and celebrates the genius of Frank O'Connor and the literary form which made him famous. Cork is the home also of Elizabeth Bowen, Seán Ó Faoláin and William Trevor and our association with world class short story authors is something we are very proud of.

Short story writers who have contributed in the past include: Richard Ford, Julia Ó Faoláin, James Lasdun, Alasdair Gray, Dan Rhodes, Eugene McCabe, Bernard MacLaverty, Desmond Hogan, James Plunkett, Ludmila Ulitskaya, Rebecca Miller, Anne Enright, Mike McCormick, Etgar Keret, Eilis Ní Dhuibhne, Cónal Creedon, Samrat Upadhyay, Philip Ó Ceallaigh, Rachel Sherman, David Marcus, Panos Karnezis, Nisha da Cunha, William Wall, Bret Anthony Johnston, David Means, Claire Keegan, Miranda July, Rick Moody, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, Julie Orringer, ZZ Packer, Simon Van Booy, Wells Tower, Charlotte Grimshaw, Kevin Barry and many others.

The Cork City - Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, presented at the end of the festival, is an annual award of €35,000 and is currently the world's richest prize for the short story form. The award was established in memory of the late Frank O'Connor, one of the world's most renowned short story writers. The prize is awarded to the author of the book judged to be the best collection of stories published in English for the first time anywhere in the world in the twelve months between a first publication date of between July 1st of the prior year and June 30th of the current year. If a translated book wins, the purse is shared equally between the author and translator. 

 

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Click here to visit our dedicated Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival website.

 

Frank O'Connor Festival

 

 

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Provisional Programme for Frank O’Connor Short Story Festival 2010

 

Visit us again in the near future for a free PDF of the Festival Brochure!

 

Wednesday 15th September

 

Opening wine reception and launch of Foster by Claire Keegan
Claire Keegan has been often compared to both John McGahern and William Trevor. Join us for the launch of her new book Foster. Claire will read and wine & canapés will be served.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 7pm. Admission: Free.

Aidan Mathews - A Reading
Aidan Mathews works full time as a radio producer for RTÉ but has been winning prizes for his poetry books since his early 20s. During the 90s he published a novel and two quirky collections which extended the boundaries of the Irish short story.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 9pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.

 

Thursday 16th September

 

Robin Black, Belle Boggs & Tania Hershman - A Reading
Tania Hershman is a young British-Israeli author and noted agitator on behalf of the short story; Robin Black and Belle Boggs are O’Connor Award shortlistees for their debut collections.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.

T. Coraghessan Boyle & Owen Hill - A Reading
Two writers from California: TC Boyle is an O’Connor Award shortlistee and the author of over twenty books of fiction, several of which have been adapted for Hollywood productions. Owen Hill is a poet and crime novelist and a key figure in the literary community of Berkeley.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 9.30pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.

Festival Club at the Boqueria
15 minute “Prebooked” reading by Sheila Mannix at festival club.
Venue: Boqueria, Bridge Street. Time: Approx. 11pm. Admission: Free.

 

Friday 17th September

 

National Day of Action for the Arts - Flash Fiction Reading
Join us for a reading of very short narrative texts by a variety of writers and readers
Venue: Central Library steps, Grand Parade Time: 11.30am. Admission: Free.

The Short Story & New Media - A Seminar
Chaired by festival director Patrick Cotter. Is the printed book endangered? Is web publication valid? In the future will key texts be published only on Kindle? How do podcasts help in promoting the short story? Listen to a selection of festival participants discuss these crucial questions and take the opportunity to ask questions from the floor.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 2pm. Admission: Free.

An Interview with Ben Greenman & Karen Russell by Sean Kim
Two young New York-based writers, one a New Yorker editor, another named by the New Yorker as one of America’s twenty best writers under forty years of age. Hear them discuss their own work, the writing game and the centrality of New York to the publishing industry.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 4pm. Admission: Free.

Ron Rash & David Constantine - A Reading
O’Connor Award shortlistees. American Ron Rash has published three collections of short stories and four novels, with his latest novel, Serena, he has gained international attention. Englishman David Constantine is arguably better known as a poet, but he has published three much admired short story collections.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.

Ben Greenman & Karen Russell - A Reading
Two young American writers known for their humour, occasional irreverence and wild imaginations.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 9.30pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.

Festival Club at the Boqueria
15 minute “Prebooked” reading by Sean Kim at festival club.
Venue: Boqueria, Bridge Street. Time: Approx. 11pm. Admission: Free

 

Saturday 18th

 

Narrative Poetry - A Workshop with Tess Gallagher
Venue: Munster Literature Centre, Douglas Street. Time: 9.30am -11.30am. Phone 021-431 2955 to book.

Short Story Writing - A Workshop with Mary Morrissy
Venue: Munster Literature Centre, Douglas Street. Time: 9.30am -11.30am. Phone 021-431 2955 to book.

Joyce Russell, Madeleine D’Arcy & YTA Seán Ó Faoláin Winner - A Reading
Readings by award winners: Russell (Francis MacManus Winner) & D’Arcy (Hennessy Award Winner), plus the prize-winning story from this year’s Seán Ó Faoláin Competition.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 12 noon. Admission: Free.

Seminar on Radio & the Short Story
Chaired by poet Billy Ramsell, a discussion about the centrality of radio to the short story. Three producers (Seamus Hosey, Di Speirs & Aidan Stanley) working for RTÉ and the BBC talk about what they look for in a story and what adjustments they need to make for different types of production. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 2pm. Admission: Free.

Interview with Tess Gallagher by Beverly Parayno
Poet and short story writer Tess Gallagher talks about her own work, how it influenced and was influenced by the work of her late husband Raymond Carver.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 4pm. Admission: Free.

Laura van den Berg & David Vann - A Reading
Laura Van Den Berg has been shortlisted for the O’Connor Award for her debut collection. David Vann’s debut collection Legend of a Suicide has itself already become legendary.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 7pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.


Tess Gallagher & Ita Daly - A Reading

Tess Gallagher is renowned as a poet but has published several collections of stories too, relating to both Irish and American lives. Ita Daly is a member of Aosdana and is one of Ireland’s most respected novelists.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 8.30pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.

Louis de Bernières & Nyk de Vries - A Reading
Louis de Bernières achieved world fame for novels such as Birds Without Wings and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Nyk de Vries is a young Friesian novelist and musician who will be reading from his collection of short short narratives.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 10pm. Admission: Free, donation of €5 encouraged.

Festival Club at the Boqueria
15 minute “Prebooked” reading by Beverly Parayno at festival club.
Venue: Boqueria, Bridge Street. Time: Approx. 11.15pm. Admission: Free.

 

Sunday 19th September

 

Frank O’Connor Literary Walking Tour
Literary walking tour with Jim McKeown, biographer of Frank O’Connor. Starting at the Gables Bar and MLC, Douglas Street, finishing at MacCurtain Street
Venue: Tour starts at the Munster Literature Centre, 84 Douglas Street, Cork. Time: 10am - 12 noon. Admission: Free.

David Marcus Memorial Reading
Cork-born author David Marcus has been described for very good reasons as the Godfather of the contemporary Irish short story. We mark the first year of his passing with a reading of his story “Who’s Ever Heard of an Irish Jew” by actor Jack Healy. Ticket only.
Venue: Cork Synagogue, South Terrace. Time: 4pm. Admission: Ticketed.

Presentation of the 2010 Seán Ó Faoláin Prize & Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
Culmination of festival with wine reception and announcement of the winners.
Venue: The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. Time: 8pm. Admission: Free.

 

Further Information

Reservations
Reservations will be taken only for workshops. Places at other events are on a first come, first served basis. Events will start on time. To reserve a workshop space please phone the Munster Literature Centre on 021-4312955 or email info(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie .

Venues
All workshops will be held at the Munster Literature Centre, Frank O’Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork. Where not otherwise indicated, events take place in the Ballroom of the Gresham Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street. A suggested donation of €5 is requested for each of the evening events, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds and larger donations are also welcome.

 

 

   

FOC Festival 2008

©2009. All photographs courtesy of FOC Photographer in Residence John Minihan. Further details at www.johnminihan.com

Group photo by John Minihan

 

Yiyun Li, photo by John Minihan

 

William Wall, photo by John Minihan

 

Clare Wigfall. Photo by John Minihan

 

Mary O'Donnell, photo by John Minihan

 

Jhumpa Lahiri, photo by John Minihan

 

Gerry Murphy and Conal Creedon.  Photo by John Minihan.

 

Gerry Murphyl. Photo by John Minihan

 

Group photo by John Minihan

 

Conal Creedon and John Spillane

 

Yiyun Li

 

 

 
 
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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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