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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

 

 

Revival Press
Invite you to the launch of
Under the Black Bridge
Sean O Roideachain's debut collection of poetry
Monday 1st Dec 2014 8.30pm
The Hurlers, Castletroy

After graduating from the University of Limerick in 1976, Seán Ó Roideacháin has worked as an industrial engineering consultant and part-time sports journalist. At various times, he also spent periods as an aircraft appraiser, incinerator salesman, software developer and political aide. He lives in Limerick, Ireland.

His first novel “Shanagolden”, set in rural Ireland during the First World War, War of Independence and Civil War, was published in 2013.
Further details: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 email: limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com

 

 

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The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents

The monthly 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering

Tuesday 2nd DEC 2014 @ The Loft Venue, The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Lime...rick. Start 8.00pm sharp!
This month our guests are Graham Allen and Joe Sweeney followed by the open-mic.

 

Graham Allen is a Professor in The School of English, UCC. His collection 'The One That Got Away' (2014) and his epoem 'Holes' are published by New Binary Press. He won the 2010 Listowel Single Poem Prize and has been shortlisted for The Crashaw Prize (2013) and the Fool for Poetry Prize (2014).
 

Joseph Sweeney was born in Dublin and graduated from UCD with an honours Master's Degree in Anglo Irish Literature in 1983. He was a teacher of English and French (and Good Manners, though not in that order) for many years, until becoming a full time writer in 2007. He writes both serious and humorous fiction and has been the recipient of various literary awards including two first prizes from Listowel Writers' Week. He was awarded a first prize in the Cross National Short Story Competition adjudicated by Brendan Kennelly. He was shortlisted by  RTE and published in their short story anthology, A Page In The Life  , which was also broadcast and recorded on CD. He was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award, and by  Readers' Digest for a flash fiction  in 2012.   His work has appeared in the From The Well short story anthology, 2014, the New Irish Writing Page, Orbis, The Cork Yule Book, and the Sligo Champion.  


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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

On Thursday 4th Dec 2014 Donal Thurlow will continue the series with a talk on James Joyce.

The talk will take place in King John’s Castle (café entrance) and starts at 8.00pm. Free admission.

The aim of his talk is to persuade listeners approach all the various works of Joyce, acknowledging that he is one of the world’s greatest writers, but realising that wide research and deep learning is not required to enjoy James Joyce. Just read and enjoy as Marilyn Monroe did!

Donal Thurlow was born in Dublin, and moved to England when he was 12 years of age. He continued his education in England, and was a teacher of English Literature for thirty years. During those years he developed a great affection for the works of James Joyce. With his girlfriend at the time he was co-founder of The Peace Festival in Warwickshire which continues to thos day, and is one of the largest festivals of its kind in Europe. After taking retirement from teaching and lecturing he returned home to Ireland with his wife Suzanne, not to Dublin whence he came but to Bruff in County Limerick where his wife hailed from!

In Bruff, Donal remembered the connection between James Joyce and George Clancy of Limerick;this enthused him to start a Bloomsday celebration in the small town of Bruff. This coming year will see the 6th Bloomsday in Bruff Festival, a small and distinctive celebration of Bloomsday.

Donal also runs the ‘Joycean’ Twitter account which has a relatively small but distinguished list of followers. In this last year Donal has been worked ast supporting Dominic Taylor with his work at the Limerick Writer’s Centre, including acting as MC at various events including the monthly ‘On the Nail’ Poetry and Writng sessions, and also at the Writer’s Centre Annual Cabaret in the Lime Tree Theatre. IN the last two years Donal has been involved as co-producer in the short film “Two Gallants’ a modern updating of the short story from ‘Dubliners’. The film is currently being entered in various film festivals.

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

 

 

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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.

   


 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Peter Fallon,
Paula Cunningham
,
Conor O'Callaghan,
James Cummins
& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Workshops

New: four day courses
on short stories, novels
and poetry.

 

 

Southword Publications
Anthologies & Translations

New Eyes on the Great Book

Newest publication:
New Eyes on the Great Book

 

 

 

 

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
and
Cork City Council
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Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now closed!
Thank you to all
who entered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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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

   
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