Welcome to the Munster
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
'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Next event: 1 September. Starts 8PM sharp!
This month guest readers Clara Rose Thornton and Knute Skinner
Clara Rose Thornton is a Chicago-born spoken word artist who's lived in Dublin for the last two years, following a yearlong spoken word tour of Europe (Croatia, France, Denmark, Germany, Ireland). She is current Dublin Slam Poetry Champion, owning a fresh perspective: the first female to represent Dublin, the first black writer to do so, and only the second non-Irish. Performances pertain to social justice, identity politics, and place: Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, Electric Picnic, International Literature Festival Dublin, Lingo Festival, Trinity College, Ó Bhéal in Cork, etc. RTÉ has been quite supportive, and she writes about Irish culture and arts for the Irish Independent.
Knute Skinner was born in the United States but has lived in County Clare, Ireland, since 1964. His poetry has appeared widely in Ireland, Britain, Australia, and North America. For some years he taught literature and creative writing part of each year at Western Washington University. Skinner has also served as editor of Bellingham Review and director of Signpost Press, as well as on the editorial board of the Irish journal New Series: Departures. He is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including Stretches (2002), The Cold Irish Earth—New & Selected Poems of Ireland (1997), and What Trudy Knows and Other Poems (1994), all from Salmon Publishing. Skinner’s poems have also appeared in numerous anthologies.
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 email@example.com www.limerickwriterscentre.com
To view videos of previous reading go to:http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings
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 firstname.lastname@example.org web http://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com To view videos of previous reading go to:http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings
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.
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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/
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 email@example.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.
The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.
Short Story Festival
23 - 26 September
Short Story Award
World's richest prize
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
Cork City Council.
Seán Ó Faoláin
Thank you to
Southword Issue 28
New issue, free to read online.
Fool For Poetry
& Virginia Astley
Fool for Poetry
Thanks to those
at the MLC