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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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The Munster Literature Centre lists the events below as a courtesy, we cannot
be held responsible for the professionalism of the groups involved
or the veracity of the information they provide us--we provide it here as an act of good faith.


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Weekly Poetry Reading & Open Mic Night
Every Monday from 9.30pm in the Hayloft (Upstairs in the Long Valley Pub, Cork)


Pat Boran

nPat Boran was born in Portlaoise and has long lived in Dublin where he is the editor at Dedalus Press. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose including the memoir The Invisible Prison (2009), about growing up in the midlands, Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016), poems and photos from Dublin’s UNESCO-designated nature reserve, and A Man Is Only As Good(2017), a pocket-sized selection of his poems. A former presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, he has held Writer-in-Residence posts in a number of libraries and universities and was Programme Director of the Dublin Writers Festival for many years. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review, he has edited more than 100 poetry books over the past decade, from individual collections to major anthologies. He is a member of Aosdána.


More information at ó bhéal's website

Check out Ó Bheal's unique weekly poetry competition the Five Word Challenge.






Fiction at the Friary


The last Sunday of every month, 3 - 6pm
The Friary Pub, North Mall, Cork

This event, run by Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine D'Arcy, features readings by guest authors, along with open mic, optional writing exercises, occasional book reviews and plenty of conversation. Everyone with an interest in fiction is welcome to attend this FREE event. Please bring your own writing if you wish to take part in the open mic session – maximum reading time 10 minutes. Bring along a pen and paper for the writing exercise with fun promps.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/FictionattheFriary/






eThe Haven Café
November 16th at 8pm

(the third Thursday of every month)

Spotlight is a haven for all creatives in word or song. November 16th (the third Thursday of every month) at 8pm. This month features Calm D'Gooly's and John Horan. Followed by an Open Mic.

Find out more about Spotlight on their
Facebook page







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Psoken Wrod: readings & open mic
deBarra's, Clonakilty
November 7th, 8.30pm

(The first Tuesday of every month)

A mighty night of literary variety. A guest reading, an open mic and whatever else turns up. All welcome, no cover charge, just a passing pot. De Barra's folk club, Clonakilty.

Find out more on the pSoken Wrod twitter page




Hungry Hill Open Mic
Last Thursday of each month
whiteRoom, Castletownbere
from 8PM


Join Hungry Hill writers for informal readings (your own poems or poems by other people), discussion, or just listening.  Come and try it! For more information, email hungryhillwriting@gmail.com




Poetry evening KinsaleKinsale First Friday Poetry Evening

First friday of every month at Friar's Lodge


We hold a monthly open-mic poetry evening on the first Friday of every month at 8pm. Come and read a poem or two or just listen. Join us in the pub afterwards for plenty of literary chat. All are welcome. Regular readers include Matthew Geden, Afric McGlinchey & Adam Wyeth.





Live Words


A night dedicated to performance poetry

Last Thursday of the month at the Roundy, Castle Street, Cork city

Doors open 9pm.
Live Words is a new monthly slam poetry night in a joint initiative with Mutant Space Arts Resource MC’d by Wasps vs. Humans. Established poets from all over Ireland every week with an open mic to round up the night.
Find out about the latest Live Words events on their facebook page







Lightening BUg

The Lightning Bug is a new monthly storytelling night. Free entry. Programmed short stories and flash fiction with an open mic section for prose writers also open to singer/songwriters - just turn up on the night and put your name down. To be programmed for future events or to join the mailing list please email lightningbugpress@gmail.com.

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The Writers Corner on Cork Community Radio 100.5FM
Hosted by Ronnie McGinn
Sundays at 6:30pm

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Hear talented local writers read and discuss their work on 100.5 FM or listen online at www.corkradio.com. Writers interested in a guest reading are asked to email ronniemcginn@eircom.net



*Please note that this may not be a comprehensive list and is updated on an ongoing basis. Should you wish to be included on this page, or list another event on our website, please email the administrator.





Words Ireland

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




The Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Gregory O Donoghue

Deadline: 30 November




Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship

30 November 2017

Marie Helene Bertino
2017 Fellow:
Marie-Helene Bertino




Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.




Fool for Poetry


Molly Minturn &
Bernadette McCarthy !


Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2017

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Louise Nealon!




Southword Editions

on sale in
our bookstore


including Fool For Poetry
winners, the New Irish
Voices series & more






Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here


Poetry International

Recent additions:

Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Michelle O'Sullivan





The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in September









The Munster Literature Centre

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

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

Irish Registered Charity No.12374