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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 Limerick Writers' Centre Presents

The monthly 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering

Next event: 20 September

Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!
Monthly Event

Featuring The 'On The Nail' Literary Cabaret with a special private screening of the short film Two Gallants (based on the James Joyce short story)

 Tickets €10.00 (Students with ID €5.00)

The Limerick Writers’ Centre brings to the Lime Tree Theatre for the first time an exciting literary live review featuring guests, expected and otherwise, for a night of music, readings, poetry and sometimes the weird and wonderful - an evening of mellow musings at the cutting edge of performance.

Joining the ‘On the Nail’ crew will be producer and director Carl Finnegan and friends, for a private screening of a new film based on the James Joyce short story from Dubliners - Two Gallants. This will be followed by a talk about adapting Joyce for film and a reading from the original short story by actor Zeb Moore.

The line up for the night is as follows, but expect the unexpected as you never know who will drop in!

Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers . Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special.

NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.

The Limerick Writers' Centre acknowledges the support of Foras na Gaeilge & The Arts Council of Ireland.








A reading by John Liddy from his new collection
The Secret Heart of Things
plus a showing of a new documentary on his life and work

Wed 10th Sept 2014 at The White House Bar. Start 9.00pm

John Liddy’s ninth collection of poems roams around familiar Liddy territory: childhood, Limerick and its environs, people and places, homages and dirges, Ireland and Spain, family and his adopted city of many years, Madrid. But what makes this collection different is the poet’s concern with the heart of things, the interior, as exemplified in ‘Interior Design’. Poem after poem peals back the layers in his search for clarity, el duende. There is much to celebrate in this collection and it is not just the local. The reader who knows the work of this poet or who is coming to it for the first time should be well sated.

The Secret Heart of Things by John Liddy, is published by Revival Press and is available to buy online at www.limerickwriterscentre.com and from all usual outlets priced €12.00 paperback.

 For further details: Dominic Taylor; Tel: 087 2996409; E: limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com





Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents

Munster Heat All Ireland Poetry Slam

An ‘On the Nail’ Special Tues 16th Sept. 2014 8.30pm


Performance poets and spoken word artists from Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Clare and Tipperary will battle it out at the Munster heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam to be held at 8.30pm

Tues Sept 16th - The Loft Venue at The Locke Bar, Limerick. For those of you who haven’t experienced one, a slam is a performance poetry competition in which poets perform for not more than three minutes. The winner will be chosen by an appointed three person panel. The prize on offer to the winner is the honour of representing Munster in the 8th All Ireland Poetry Slam to be held during Nov in Kilkenny. A retiring collection will be taken on the night to help with travelling expenses for the two heat winners.

Participants should prepare two poems for the competition, preferably read from memory withour a script.

If you want to participate, all you have to do is arrive on the night to The Locke Bar and give your name to the M.C. Alternatively you can email your name to the limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com requesting inclusion.

We will be delighted to hear from you and your letter will be acknowledged. Once your name is on the list you will be called on the night along with everybody else to make your contribution.

Limerick Writers' Centre - Supporting Arts and Culture in Limerick since 2008







Monthly Poetry Night
Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipp

The Poetry Night is held in the tea-room at the back of the theatre, a relaxed, informal space. Everyone who attends has the opportunity to read two poems, but it’s also fine to come along to listen. If you’d like to read please bring along two poems of your own or poems by other writers that you would like to share. Each month has a theme and you’re invited to interpret the theme in as broad a way as you wish. There is a featured poet each month who has an extended opportunity to either read from their own work or to tell us about a writer who has been of significent influence.

Admission is free (and you get tea/biscuits) but a donation towards heating/lighting/refreshments is appreciated. For updates see http://margaretaobrien.com/poetry-night/





Revival Night at the White House

White House Poetry Night
The White House pub, O’Connell Street, Limerick
Weekly on Wednesdays, from 9pm

Admission free. Complimentary finger food provided.

For information on readings at the White House go to www.whitehousebarlimerick.com 

White House Poetry acknowledges the aid of
The Arts Council of Ireland
Foras na Gaeilge
Limerick City Council
The White House




The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents: The Acoustic Club

White House Bar, Limerick
Every Thursday from 9PM (starting 11 September)


The Acoustic Club  at the White House Bar, Limerick is a live music venue presenting local, independent and nationally touring performers.  It is a non-profit organisation and 100% volunteer operated. Based at the White House Bar, O’Connell St, Limerick, The Acoustic Club  takes place every Thursday at 9.00pm. All aspiring songwriters, musicians and singers are invited to attend and play in front of a live audience. All types of music and singers are welcome. The evening will feature performers doing short sets of two or three songs.  Also "Special Guest" slots where an established performer will perform a set. Host for the evening is songwriter  Sean MacLeod.  The Acoustic Club  intends to become a regular feature of the live music scene in Limerick.

If you wish to play contact Dominic at limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com  to book a spot or turn up on the night. Further details can be got at www.facebook.com/acousticclubatwhitehouse

All are welcome those who wish to perform or just listen. Free admission



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




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on short stories, novels
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Southword Publications
Anthologies & Translations

New Eyes on the Great Book

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New Eyes on the Great Book



Poetry International
Current poets:
Áine Uí Fhoglú, Catherine Phil MacCarthy
& Joseph Horgan

Aine Ui FhogluCatherine Phil MacCarthyJoseph Horgan

Irish section of this
prestigious poetry site
produced by MLC .




Southword Issue 26

Southword Journal

New issue,free to read online.



The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

16 - 20 September, 2014




Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

Frank O'Connor Award

World's richest prize for
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
Cork City Council




Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now closed!
Thank you to all
who entered.










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