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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

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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)


            This week: Ita O'Donovan


Ita O’Donovan was born in Cork and now lives in Clifden. She came late to poetry and entered Jane Hirshfield’s Nine Gates (Entering the Mind of Poetry) through a variety of ways. She embarked in ongoing reading of poetry criticisms and essays by Helen Vendler, Jane Hirshfield and Seamus Heaney. She took courses with the late Dorothy Molloy and attended workshops with Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Robyn Rowland and Pascale Petit. She reads the work of Irish, American, English, Australian and Russian poets. Her work has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, The Shop, Southword, Skylight 47, and in various anthologies. In 2017 her poetry was shortlisted for two editions of The Irish Times Hennessy New Irish Writing. A poem has been accepted for the forthcoming issue 124 of Poetry Ireland Review. Ita reads regularly with Connemara Community Radio and at Clifden Arts Festival. In 2017 her first collection, In Deep Time – Connemara was published by The Knocknarone Press.

More information at ó bhéal's website

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





Fiction at the Friary

Monthly Author Reading, Writing Exercises & Open Mic
Last Sunday of every month, 3 - 6pm in The Friary Pub, North Mall, Cork

           The Friary       Mic photo

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/





Psoken Wrod

Monthly readings & Open Mic
First Tuesday of every month at 8.30pm in deBarra's, Clonakilty




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 from 8pm in the White Room, Castletownbere

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





Kinsale 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.




The Writers Corner on Cork Community Radio 100.5FM

Every Sunday at 6:30pm, Hosted by Ronnie McGin

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.





Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here

Words Ireland

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



Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2018
judge Paul McVeigh


2017 Winner:
Louise Nealon

Read the winning story



View images from the Cork
International Poetry Festival


Preperations are underway
for the 2019
Cork International Poetry Festival
March 27-30




The 2018 Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition
is now accepting entries.
Deadline 30 June
Find out more.


Southword Editions

on sale in
our bookstore


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



The Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Gregory O Donoghue

This year's winner is Rob Lipton
whose poem will be published
in the next issue of Southword

The competition will reopen
for submissions in
September 2018



Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship

2018 Fellow:
Carys Davies



Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey




The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Wednesday Septmeber 12-
Saturday September 15 2018









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