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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.

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.













On The Nail Readings and Open Mic
Tuesday May 6, 8pm
The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick.

This month our guests are Paddy Bushe and David Murphy


Paddy Bushe was born in Dublin in 1948. His poetry collections include Poems With Amergin (Dublin, Beaver Row Press, 1989); Teanga (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1990); Counsellor (Kerry, Sceilg Press, 1991); Digging Towards The Light (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 1994); In Ainneoin na gCloch (Coiscéim, 2001); Hopkins on Skellig Michael (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2001); The Nitpicking of Cranes (Dedalus, 2004); To Ring in Silence, new and selected poems (Dedalus, 2008); and My Lord Buddha of Carraig Eanna (Dedalus Press, 2012). The recipient of the Oireachtas prize for poetry in 2006, Paddy Bushe was also the recipient of the 2006 Michael Hartnett Poetry Award. A member of Aosdána, he lives in Kerry.

David Murphy is the author of a well-received novel Longevity City – USA 2005, novellas Arkon Chronicles (2003) and Bird of Prey (2011), and several volumes of award-winning short stories (most recently Lost Notes – Ireland 2004, re-issued 2013). He was born in Cork but has lived north of Dublin for the past thirty-five years. The title story of the collection Lost Notes won the inaugural Maurice Walsh Award for short stories. He has given readings and talks (on the history of ‘imaginative’ fiction in the Irish tradition) at bookshops, writers’ centres, arts festivals and other events including the Frank O’Connor Festival in Cork, Greystones Arts Festival, Imagine Festival, Waterford Writers’ Weekend, Eurocon in Copenhagen, Worldcon in Montreal, Eastercon in Bradford and the Chapter’s Lunchtime Series.

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. 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
More Info: www.limerickwriterscentre.com




The Limerick Writers’ Centre in association with The Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College present a series of public talks on Great Irish Writers. 

Thursday 10th April 2014, 8pm at
T118 in Mary Immaculate College, Free admission

Dr Broomfields recently published book The Empty Too - Language and Philosophy in the Works of Samuel Beckett will form the basis of the talk. In this engaging and often controversial study of Beckett’s work Dr Broomfield argues that, for Beckett, pure language is reality. Taking its title from a sentence in Worstward Ho, this rigorous reading of Beckett’s key texts claims that what we perceive in the existential world can never be proved to exist, while language survives scrutiny , and will ‘go on’ to become the real, once it has been divested of its connection to the corporeal.

The series will continue during 2014 and will focus on Irish writers such as Joyce, Behan, Wilde and Brian O Nolan.

For further information contact Dominic Taylor at limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com or Tel 087 2996409 Web www.limerickwriterscentre.com





Eigse Michael Hartnett Festival
Newcastle West, Co. Limerick
April 10-12, 2014


Leading Irish and International poets, writers and thinkers jostle with musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers, what Michael Hartnett termed ‘the harp side of the Irish coin’. Events that are bound to enthuse, stimulate, inspire, and occasionally bemuse, celebrate the literary and oral legacy of Michael Hartnett, the poet and man. Hosted throughout the town of Newcastle West, in the library, schools, the courthouse, church, hospital and pubs, the breadth of the programme creates an ambience of warmth and conviviality that lends itself to lively gatherings and easy conversation.

Imagination and craft are at the heart of this year’s wide-ranging programme which will feature readings from Martina Evans, Theo Dorgan, Claire Kilroy and Sheila O’Flanagan; song from Susan McKeown and Brian Hartnett; school readings with poets John W. Sexton and Eileen Sheehan, and mountaineer Mark Quinn; John Minihan will deliver the Keynote Address; theatre from Sonya Broderick; Diarmaid Ferriter will deliver the Michael Hartnett Memorial Lecture; and integrated dance from Spoken Dance.

Visit www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie for more information.




Brewery Lane Writers' Weekend
April 11-13, 2014
Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary

Friday April 11, 8.15pm

Book Launch with Richard Hayes
Celebration of the Brewery Lane Poetry Competition. Poetry readings will be followed by a cheese and wine reception.
Admission: €7

Saturday April 12, 10am - 12pm

"The Epic is in the Detail" - Seminar with Shem Caulfield
Artist and photographer with a passionate interest in rural vernacular heritage.
Admission: €7

Saturday April 12, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Sunday April 13, 10.30am - 12.30pm

"Writing Flash Fiction or Short Stories" with Dave Lordan
Place are strictly limited and must be pre-booked.
Admission: €100

For more information please contact brewerylanepoetry@gmail.com or 087-6390224





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







writing competition for poems on any political theme


Judge: Bernard O’Donoghue

Prize: €500

Entry fee: €8 for up to three poems (25% discount for writers' groups)

Closing date: 1 February 2014

For details visit www.hungryhillwriting.com






The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents: The Acoustic Café

Sallymills Bakery, Café & Tea Rooms, The Milk Market, Limerick
8.30pm sharp!
Fortnightly on Thursdays


Every fortnight we unveil The Acoustic Café at Sallymills Bakery, Café & Tea Rooms in The Milk Market, Limerick. We want to make this the best place in Limerick to hear local unplugged music and spoken word performance. Small cafe tables, dim lighting and an intimate vibe make the Cafe reminiscent of a NYC Greenwich Village night spot. We present a wide variety of musical styles, from folk to alternative. So if you want to take part come along early and sign up for the open-mic.

Remember keep music real…keep it acoustic.

if you wish to play contact Dominic Taylor at limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com to book a spot or turn up on the night.

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






SongWriter Sessions @ Bentley's Bar, O'Connell St.


Monthly on Thursdays, 9PM


As usual all aspiring songwriters are invited to attend and play their songs in front of a live audience.  All types of music and singers are welcome, a limited amount of instruments will be available for use on the night. There will also be an opportunity for getting a YouTube video of your performance made free of charge and uploaded to our site. Performances will also be recorded and broadcast as a podcast at a later date. Host for the sessions are songwriters Brian Connolly, Chris Wood and Sean Macleod. As the venue develops into a hot spot for new talent in Limerick, plans are afoot to invite recording artists, producers, managers and publishers, anyone who may be looking for fresh new songs.  SongWriter Sessions@The Locke Bar is a regular feature of the live music scene in Limerick and takes place every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month.

If you wish to play contact Brian Connolly at limericksongwriters@gmail.com   to book a spot or turn up on the night.  Further details can be got at www.myspace.com/songwritersessions or from http://songwriters.blogspot.com http://www.youtube.com/limericksongwriters http://lockebar.com
All are welcome those who wish to perform or just listen. Free admission and free finger food.




*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.


Read Issue 25A
featuring the winners
and shortlisted poets of
the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry

Southword Journal

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Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story

Open to entries
May - July




Cork International Short Story Festival

The Cork
Short Story Festival

16 - 20 September, 2014




frank oconnor

The Frank O'Connor
International Short Story Award

the world's richest prize for
a short story collection




Poetry International: Ireland

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MLC produces the Irish section
of this prestigious poetry site.
Current poets:
Alan Jude Moore & Macdara Wood





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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