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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In association with
THE LIMERICK WRITERS’ CENTRE
is pleased to announce the launch of
Not My Life Story – But the Next Best Thing’ by Evelyn Casey
3pm Sun 31st Aug The captains Room of The Hunt Museum
Evelyn Casey’s first collection of poetry and prose, called Not My Life Story – But the Next Best Thing’, is an an exploration of the family, ranging from the birth of the author’s great grandparents, Michael (1845) and Mary (1852) Hogan to the birth of the author’s grandchild, Gwenevere. It is a very personal homage to her people, reflected in story and poem. Above all it is a celebration of their lives and hardships, their tenacious ability to overcome adversity through characteristic grace and love for each other. Evelyn Casey is very conscious of the debt she owes to those who dug the well for her to drink from, and this work is her way of giving something back. The book is dedicated to her grandmother Louisa. The book is published by Revival Press, the imprint of The Limerick Writers’ Centre, and will be launched by local author Helena Close 3.00pm Sunday 31st Aug in The Captain’s Room of the Hunt Museum. All are welcome to attend.
The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The monthly 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering
Next event: 2 September
The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!
This month our guests are Keith Armstrong (UK), and Noel Duffy (Irl), followed by the open-mic.
NOEL DUFFY was born in 1971 and studied Experimental Physics at Trinity College, Dublin. After a brief period in research he turned his hand to writing and went on to co-edit (with Theo Dorgan) the anthology Watching the River Flow: A Century in Irish Poetry (Poetry Ireland, 1999). He was the winner in 2003 of the START Chapbook Prize for Poetry for his collection, The Silence After , and was also won The Firewords Poetry Award (Galway City Council) in 2005. A play, The Rainstorm, was produced for the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2006. His work has appeared widely in Ireland (including Poetry Ireland Review, The Financial Times and The Irish Times) as well as in the UK, the US, Belgium, Argentina and South Africa. His poetry has also been broadcast on RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany and Today with Pat Kenny. He has been a recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary for Literature in 2003 and 2012. His debut collection In the Library of Lost Objects was shortlisted for the 2012 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish Poet Noel holds an MA in Writing from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has taught creative writing there as well as at the Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, and scriptwriting at the Dublin Business School, Film & Media Department.
KEITH ARMSTRONG was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher, 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 was founder of Ostrich poetry magazine, Poetry North East, Tyneside Poets and the Strong Words and Durham Voices community publishing 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.
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/
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 (starting 11 September)
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.
at the MLC
New: four day courses
on short stories, novels
Anthologies & Translations
New Eyes on the Great Book
Áine Uí Fhoglú, Catherine Phil MacCarthy
& Joseph Horgan
prestigious poetry site
produced by MLC
Southword Issue 26
New issue,free to read online.
Short Story Festival
16 - 20 September, 2014
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 all