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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.


Find more information on Irish literary events at CultureFox.ie

Culture Fox



Munster Literature Centre's
Culture Night Poetry Reading

Nano Nagle Place, 22 September
6pm - 9pm

Paul McMahonKathy D'ArcyLeanne O'Sullivan

Join the Munster Literature Centre on Culture Night this Friday for FREE poetry reading by fantastic local talent: Paul McMahon, Kathy D'Arcy, John Fitzgerald, Afric McGlinchey, Leanne O'Sullivan & Thomas McCarthy! Special thanks to Nano Nagle Place for providing the venue.




Marie-Helene Bertino Reading at UCC

5.30pm, Friday 22 September

Marie Helene Bertino

The 2017 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow, Marie Helene Bertino, will be reading at UCC on Cork Culture Night. The writing fellowship is a programme of the Munster Literature Centre, with sponsorship from Cork City Council.




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

For more information, please visit: obheal.ie

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, will feature 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. If you wish to participate in a writing exercise, please bring your own writing materials. This event will take place regularly on the final Sunday of the month, from 3-6 pm.

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



pSoken Wrod: readings & open mic
deBarra's, Clonakilty
Next session: TBA

There is no contest for all is fair in poetry and we look forward to a mighty night of literary variety plus Moze M. Jacobs who will have her work cut out with two to interview, and an open mic and whatever else turns up. All welcome, no cover charge, just a passing pot. De Barra's folk club, Clonakilty.




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(AT)gmail.com




Poetry evening KinsaleKinsale First Friday Poetry Evening

First friday of every month at Friar's Lodge
Next event: 6 October 2017



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

Carl Plover

A night dedicated to performance poetry
Doors open 9pm.
Live Words is a new monthly slam poetry night starting on Thursday 24th September at The Roundy, Castle Street, Cork. The evening is a joint initiative with Mutant Space Arts Resource. The night will be dedicated to performance poetry and is MC’d by Wasps vs. Humans. Four established poets will perform with an opportunity at the end of the night for members of public to try their hand.
Live Words will run on the last Thursday of each month and will feature poets from all over Ireland. This is a donation only event and doors open at 9pm.
Further information contact:







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.

The first in our monthly fiction events for 2016 kicks off on Jan 10th with the fantastic writer William Wall as our special guest. William will be reading from his work and there will also be a Q&A with Norma Burke.

Open mic for prose writers on the night. Maximum two pages. More on William below....

William Wall is a prize-winning author of both fiction and poetry. He was born in Cork in 1955, where he still lives and graduated from University College Cork in philosophy and English.

His fourth novel, This Is The Country, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2005 and shortlisted for The Irish Book Awards and the Young Mind Prize. His work has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Latvian and Dutch. His fiction has been published in Ireland, England and the USA.

His poetry and fiction have won numerous accolades, including The Patrick Kavanagh and Sean O’Faoláin Awards, and ‘Surrender’ was shortlisted for the Raymond Carver Prize. He has published four novels and two collections of poetry. His stories were collected as No Paradiso in 2006. He has also written for children. He reviews for The Irish Times and is an occasional contributor to other journals.

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

cork comm radio

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.


New from Southword Editions!
New chapbooks by
John Fitzgerald
and Aidan Mathews

Available here

2017 Fool for Poetry
winning chapbooks
by John Mee
and Maya Catherine Popa

Available here


New Irish Voices
poetry chapbooks
by Roisin Kelly
and Paul McMahon

Available here




Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here



Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship

2017 Fellow:
Marie-Helene Bertino




Fool for Poetry


Now accepting


Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2017

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now accepting




Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner



Poetry International

Recent additions:

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin
Kimberly Campanello
Justin Quinn
Brendan Cleary
Eleanor Hooker

& more




Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.




The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in September




Southword Issue 30

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.





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