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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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Fearann Méara Chiarraí, an Clr. John Brassil fíorchaoin fáilte roimh Go dtí lainseáil
  Visions: An Anthology of Emerging Kerry Writers

Eagarthóireacht le Noel O’Regan, Scríbhneoir Cónaithe, Ciarraí
 Le seoladh ag an údar Billy Keane
 I Siamsa Tíre, Sráid Deiní, Trá Lí
 Ar an 22ú Deireadh Fómhair 2014


The Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. John Brassil

cordially invites you
To the launch of  Visions: An Anthology of Emerging Kerry Writers
Edited by Noel O’Regan, Writer in Residence, Kerry
Launched by author Billy Keane

@ 8 pm sharp

In Siamsa Tíre, Denny Street, Tralee
On 22nd October 2014      

RSVP by Friday 17th October 2014
To Caroline Lynch or Sharon O’Keeffe,

Arts Office
Tel: 066 7183782
Email: arts@kerrycoco.ie
Refreshments will be served






Poetry Reading. Clairr O'Connor, Vivienne McKetchnie
and Jo Slade.
Visiting Writers Limerick Culture 2014.

Thursday 23rd. 19.00 hrs.
The County Library, Dooradoyle Limerick. 





The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents

The monthly 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering

The NOV 2014 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering - celebrate our 5 year anniversary with us!

Tuesday 4th NOV 2014 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!

This month our guests are Patrick Stack (C. Clare) and Arthur Broomfield (Co. Dublin) followed by the open-mic.
Dr Arthur Broomfield is a poet, literary critic and teacher. He has published a number of essays on the works of Samuel Beckett. He has also published essays on Maria Edgeworth, and on John McGahern’s works, and on the Gospel according to Saint John. He is a graduate of NUI Maynooth and was awarded his Ph. D. by Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.
Patrick Stack was born in Limerick City, Ireland in July 1958, and Raised in Duagh, Co. Kerry. The rich variety of hiberno-English spoken in North Kerry, and in particular in Duagh, and captured so brilliantly in the works of local playwright George Fitzmaurice, gave Patrick his love of language. Educated at St. Michael's College, Listowel, he read French and English at Trinity College, Dublin. He is an active member of the 3-Leggèd Stool Poets group which he joined in 2007. Patrick has had poems published in Voicefree, Revival Poetry Journal, Crannóg, Brigid's Fire, and The Clare Champion.
His first collection of poetry entitled The Parting was published in April 2013.

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






The Limerick Writers' Centre
six-week short film scriptwriting course
returns on Saturday the 1st of November 2014 to Saturday the 6th of December, 2014.

Since the centre started running this course 4 years ago, many of the participants have gone on to film success. Most noted are Andrew O’Gorman, Brian Comerford and Maeve McGrath. Andrew was shortlisted by Dublin’s Filmbase for their RTE bi-annual short script awards with the script he developed during the course. This film is currently in post-production. Brian Comerford was shortlisted for the Waterford Film Festival 2013 short script award. And Maeve McGrath has just had her first film selected by the Chicago Irish Film Festival 2013, the Galway Film Fleadh 2013, Underground Cinema Film Festival 2013, The Fingal Film Festival 2013 and the Dingle Film Festival 2014, to name a few.

Eleanor McSherry, who facilitates the course, has been shortlisted by Filmbase and the Galway Filmcentre many times. She was also shortlisted for the Waterford Film Festival’s short film script award 2012. She is a film producer and scriptwriter with Sidhe Film, head of the City of Culture Film Pillar, is Creative Director of the Richard Harris Film Festival and film correspondent with Fusion Magazine. She also previously was a committee member with Behind the Scenes Film Network, wrote for Film Ireland Magazine and was involved with both the LIT and Fresh Film Festivals. Eleanor has worked with Nathalie Lichetnthaeler (Wide Eye Films), Jenny Conroy Roche (John Huston School of Film), Ivan McMahon (Two Hungry Fish), Sidhe Film and Apate Film, to name but a few. The course will entail an introduction to the craft of screenwriting -developing character, writing the individual scene, dialogue, structure, format, rewriting techniques, writing treatments and how to sell your script. The course will run on Saturday’sfrom 3pm to 5pm.

Fee for the six week course is €140.00 (€130.00 concession). Places must be paid for in advance and booking is essential as places are limited. For further details contact Dominic Taylor or Eleanor McSherry at limerickwriterscentre@gmail.comor Tel 087 2996409. Course takes place at The Limerick Writers' Centre, 12 Barrington St., Limerick

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


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

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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