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
The April 2015 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Tuesday 7th April. 2015 @ The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp! This month's guests are Cork poet Patricia Walsh and poet Mícheál O’Siochrú.
Mícheál O’Siochrú is a native of Baile an Sceilg Gaeltacht, South Kerry. He has written extensively in the Irish language and has had two collections of poetry and a novel published by Coiscéim. His poetry has won various Oireachtas prizes as well as first prize at Listowel Writers’ Week. A renowned Irish teacher, he has taught in Rosary Hill and Vocational School, Castleconnell, Co Limerick, in Villiers, St. Clement’s and Limerick Tutorial Colleges as well as in Mary Immaculate College. His third poetry collection in English is an intriguing journey from the pandemonium of the opening poem “The Attic” to the silence of “Healing Room” and was published last month.
Patricia Walsh was born and raised in the parish of Mourne abbey, Co Cork. Her previous publications include a collection of poetry, called Continuity Errors, published by Lapwing publications in 2010, and a novel, The Quest for Lost Eire, published in 2014, in addition to being published in a range of journals. She is currently working on her second collection of poetry and a second novel.
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 webhttp://onthenailreadings.blogspot.com To view videos of previous reading go to:http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘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
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
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.
Fool for Poetry
31 May 2015
Fool For Poetry
& Virginia Astley
Southword Issue 27
New issue, free to read online.
Short Story Festival
15 - 19 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
at the MLC