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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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MUNSTER EVENTS

 

 

 

 

Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival 2015

Thursday 16th April – Saturday 18th April
Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

Limerick  City & County Council warmly invites you to:
7.00PM EXHIBITION LAUNCH, 8.00PM OFFICIAL OPENING
Thursday 16th April 2015
Newcastle West Library

Exhibition Launch
Irish Writers by Niall Hartnett. Opening by poet Paddy Bushe.

Official Opening
Official opening of Éigse Michael Hartnett by Councillor Kevin Sheahan,
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick.

Presentation of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Awards 2015
Bronnagh Ghradam Bhliantúil Mhichíl Uí Airtnéide 2015

Keynote Speaker Joseph O'Connor on 'Memories of an evening with Michael Hartnett'

Admission free
All are welcome

 

 

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The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents

The May 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering


Tuesday 5th May 2015 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp! This month's guests are Ann Marie Kennedy and Evan Cosigan.


Anne Marie Kennedy, has an MA in Writing from NUI Galway and is the winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014. She is an award winning performance poet. Her prose and poetry has been published in ROPES, Blackheart Magazine, the Colony, the Galway Review, Irish Central, the SHOp, and Boyne  Berries among others. A regular contributor and twice winner of the People’s Choice Award at Baffle Poetry Festival, Loughrea, she qualified at the Cúirt Poetry Grand Slam, to perform at Electric Picnic. She has had work broadcast on Sunday Miscellany, freelances for Irish Music Magazine and is a regular contributor at the Moth and Butterfly storyteller’s nights in Galway city. ‘Is that a Galway accent?’ is the working title of her forthcoming short story collection.

Evan Costigan has had poems published in New Irish Writing, Burning Bush 2, Cyphers, The Moth, Cúirt Annual, Census 3 Anthology and elsewhere. Shortlisted for this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards, he won the 2012 Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award and has been shortlisted in numerous competitions, including: the Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Competition, Bridport Prize, Over the Edge Competition and Red Line Poetry Competition. The recipient of a poetry bursary from Kildare County Council Arts Office, he has been a featured reader at poetry festivals and events in Japan, Canada and New Zealand. His fiction has appeared in journals and magazines, broadcast on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany programme and has been placed in national competitions. His travel articles have been published in The Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Get Lost! and Outsider. He has lived abroad for long periods – in South America, Australia, Japan and Canada – and just recently returned to Ireland. He resides in Dublin.


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. Further information contact: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com To view videos of previous reading go to:http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings

 

 

 

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POETRY NIGHT AT BREWERY LANE THEATRE

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/

 

 

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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

 

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The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents: The Acoustic Club

White House Bar, Limerick
Every Thursday from 9PM

 

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.

   




Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now open!

 

 

Southword Issue 27A

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition

Workshops

Deadline
31 May 2015

 

 

 

Southword Publications

Victoria Kennefick

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Victoria Kennefik
& Virginia Astley

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Kimberly Campanello
,
Justin Quinn,
Brendan Cleary,
Eleanor Hooker
& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

23 - 26 September
2015

 

 

 

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
and
Cork City Council
.

 

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Winners now
published in
Southword
issue 27A.

 

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Workshops

Spring night
workshops
coming soon.

 

 

 

Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually
in spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
©2009
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