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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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The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents

The March 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering

Tuesday 3rd Mar. 2015 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!

This month guest readers are Keith Armstrong and Robert Lonsdale from Newcastle (UK) and the Nenagh Writers Group featuring (Mike Roycroft, Henry Bevans, Betty Gleeson, Maeve Keenan, Austin Kenny, Terry Lynch, Ena Manning, Sarah O’Brien). 

Keith Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher, Doctor Keith Armstrong now resides in the seaside town of Whitley Bay. He has organised several community arts festivals in the region and many literary events. He is coordinator of the Northern Voices Community Projects creative writing and community publishing enterprise and was founder of Ostrich poetry magazine, Poetry North East, Tyneside Poets and the Strong Words and Durham Voices community publishing series. He has read several times in Limerick and in Cork, Dublin, Kinvara, Fermoy and Galway. His irish adventures have inspired him to write a sequence of poems based on the places he has visited and the people he has met. With Dominic Taylor, he co-edited the anthology ‘Two Rivers Meet, poetry from the Shannon and the Tyne’ which was published by Revival Press as part of the exchange between Limerick and Keith’s home city.

Robert Lonsdale has been involved in poetry and writing for as long as he can remember. He has had much of his poetry published and also broadcast on local B.B.C.Radio where he was involved with one of their weekly evening programmes for many years, featuring local poets.He set up and organised "The Write Room" on Teesside which provided an opportunity for poets/writers to read, share and perform their work to an audience. This will be a return visit to "On the Nail" for Robert and a poem of his is featured in the recent River Shannon anthology the launch of which he attended in Limerick with Keith Armstrong.

Nenagh Writers’ Group is one of the oldest established writing groups in Tipperary (if not the oldest). Formed in Nenagh in 1989, it has been meeting regularly on a fortnightly basis ever since. Over the years membership has naturally waxed and waned, but at present there are approximately 10 regular attenders, writing in both prose and poetry. The group has published two collections of work, while individual members have had plays performed on RTE  and won prizes in both poetry and short story competitions. 
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 webhttp://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com To view videos of previous reading go to:http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings







Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2015


For the 18th year the Arts Office of Waterford County Council is pleased to announce details of this award. The late writer who lived until her death in 1996 in Ardmore, Co. Waterford started writing at a young age to ‘supplement her dress allowance’. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell.She married into the Keane family of West Waterford but sadly her husband died at the age of 36. Molly ceased writing until 1981 when ‘Good Behaviour’ was published under her real name.  It became a publishing sensation and was well received as a masterpiece of black comedy for which she was short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.

To celebrate this rich literary life, the County Waterford Arts Office by kind permission of the Keane family is inviting entries for a previously unpublished short story. Closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on Friday 6th March 2015

Guidelines and entry forms are available from www.waterfordcoco.ie or by phoning 058-41416.

Entries are to be sent to:
Creative Writing Award, Margaret Organ/Arts Officer,
Waterford County Council,
Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.





Limerick Writers' Centre presents: Getting Published

Intensive one-day course facilitated by Sunday Times Bestselling author John Stack: A practical guide on taking the first steps towards getting published

Date: Sat 7th March at The Limerick Writers' Centre, 12 Barrington St., Limerick

Course Times: 10.00-17:00 (break for lunch 13.00 to 14.00)

Fee: €60 (concession €55.00)

Ever dreamed of being a published writer? Ever wished of seeing your book on the shelves? Well, now is the time to act. In his course, Getting Published, John will provide participants with a practical guide on taking those all important first steps. From tips on writing and editing to preparing your work for professional appraisal, this stimulating and engaging course will offer participants the opportunity to follow the path of a Sunday Times Bestselling author.

Suitable for those who have an idea for a novel, or for writers who have already written part or all of their manuscript, the course programme will include the following;

  • · Getting down to business – a writer’s space
  • · Editing – a critical eye
  • · Submissions – presenting the very best of your talent
  • · Agents – engaging with the professionals
  • · Self-publishing – the do’s and do not’s
  • · Self-promotion – the changing face of writing
  • · The publishing process
  • · Motivation & perseverance

John Stack is a Sunday Times Bestselling author of four novels published by Harper Collins, London. He is currently working on a new series set in World War I.

Places must be paid for in advance. Course fee €60.00 concession €55.00 Booking essential contact Dominic 087 2996409 or email limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com for further details.








New 5 Day Residential Writing Centre in Co. Waterford

The Story House Ireland is a not-for-profit residential writing centre inspired by The Arvon Foundation. Set in tranquil woodlands near Colligan, Dungarvan, The Story House will run its first 5 day writing course (on Short Fiction), from Mon. 23rd to Sat. 28th March 2015. The course will be led by experienced and award-winning writers and tutors Julian Gough and Susie Maguire. Their mid-week guest writer will be Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December), winner of The Guardian First Book Award.
The Story House aims to provide real support for developing writers of all ages and backgrounds, complementing the work of existing writing centres. As it grows it will provide a focus for the development in Ireland of a community of writers, teaching opportunities for professional writers, and also work to “ensure anyone can benefit from the transformative power of writing”.
Thanks to the support of Waterford City & Co. Council this inaugural course is being offered for the special fee of €595 which includes: 5 nights accommodation; full board; all workshops; one-to-one sessions with each writer to discuss your work; time and space to write; reading & discussion with guest writer. Please note that bookings are on a first come, first served basis with the full fee required by no later than Mon. 9th February 2015. You might like to check with your local Arts Office as to what supports they may offer to help you attend a course at The Story House.
Co-founders of The Story House, Margaret O'Brien and Nollaig Brennan, intend that The Story House will be a home for writers and writing and will also welcome many new faces to the arts scene in the south-east and to the beauty of the Waterford coast and countryside.
www.thestoryhouseireland.org  email: thestoryhouseireland@gmail.com
Twitter: @TSHIreland






Grace Wells‘What a Difference a Year Makes’: Manuscript Transformation



Four residential weekend workshop retreats paced through 2015, designed to support writers as they develop and enhancea prose manuscript or poetry collection. Retreats are limited to 4 participants.


What a Difference a Year Makes Prose Dates:

March 13-15th, May 15-17th, September 11-13th, November 13-15th

What a Difference a Year Makes Poetry Dates:

March 27-29th, May 29-31st, September 25-27th, November 27-29th


Each weekend will include One-to-One individual mentoring with Grace Wells; Group workshops focused toward manuscript development and editorial craft; Set Daily Times for Writing in quiet; Space for Reflection & Dreaming into your manuscript.

Writers will be asked to submit a suggested minimum of 9000 words of prose, or 10 poems to their mentor, Grace Wells, prior to each weekend workshop. Maximum word counts submitted can be negotiated, depending on the advancement of each individual project.


Total, All-inclusive cost of 4 Workshop Retreats €1200

To secure your place, a non-refundable deposit of €300 is required by January 31st.

Full payment is acceptable at any time, or remaining installments of €300 can be paid at the first 3 weekends.

Cost includes: workshops & mentoring, two nights accommodation at The Well-Spring, on the side of Sliabh na mBan, Co Tipperary. All meals, tea, coffee & snacks. Please note, these are alcohol-free retreats.

For Further Details Please Apply:       gracewells@eircom .net            086-390-6330










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.



Fool for Poetry


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





Southword Issue 27

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.




The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

15 - 19 September




Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

through March

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

2015 comp
opens this





O'Donoghue Poetry

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Winners will
appear in
April 2015.




Writing Workshops
at the MLC


Spring night
coming soon.




Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

in spring.






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