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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

'On The Nail' Literary Gathering


The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The August 2016 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Tuesday 2nd Aug 2016 @ The Buttery, 10 Bedford Row, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!

This month guests are poets Tim Cunningham and Richard W Halperin

Richard W. Halperin is an Irish-U.S. dual national. His full collections are published by Salmon: Anniversary (2010); Shy White Tiger (2013); Quiet in a Quiet House (2016). His chapbooks are published by Lapwing: A Wet Day & Mr Severidge Sketches; Pink, Ochre, Yellow; The Centreless Astonishment of Things, all 2015; and Blue Flower, June 2015. The House with the Stone Lions is due out later this year also from Lapwing.

Tim Cunningham was born in Limerick and educated at C.B.S., Limerick, and Birkbeck College, London.  He has worked, mainly in education, in Dublin, London, Delaware and Essex.  He currently resides in Essex, UK. His first collection, Don Marcelino's Daughter, was published by Peterloo Poets in 2001 and reprinted in 2002 and 2004. His second collection Unequal Thirds was published in 2006, again by Peterloo. Kyrie, his third collection, was published in 2008 by Revival Press, the poetry imprint of the Limerick Writers’ Centre. Three other collections followed from Revival Press: Siege (2012); Almost Memories (2014) and The Lyrics to the Nightingales Song (2015).

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.


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 www.limerickwriterscentre.com







The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents Lunch Time Poetry
@ The Hunt Museum

July 7th / 14th / 21st / 28th  2016
1.00pm to 2.00pm

In association with the Hunt Museum 8 poets (2 per week) will give a reading in the Captain's Room four Thursdays in July from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, readings will be preceded by a piece of music performed by local musicians.


Thursday 7th July.........Kathryn Guille and Edward O’Dwyer

Thursday 14th July.......Sheila Fitzpatrick O’Donnell and Donal O’Flynn

Thursday 21st July.......Marie O’Halloran and Ron Carey

Thursday 28th July.......Noelene Nash and Tom O’Connor

Admission is free. Patrons are advised to be in their seats five minutes before readings begin.

The poets taking part:

Kathryn Guille is an American writer and choreographer living in Limerick City, Ireland.  Kathryn is the 2016 winner of the The Cuirt International New Writing Award in Poetry.  She has read her poems at many festivals, including Cuirt, Earshot, and Turnstyle.  Her screenplay, Enemy of the Freak State, won the David Dortort Prize for Screenwriting, and her play, Venla and Henry won the Alice Stark Award for Playwriting, and was published, in excerpt, in Promethean. Kathryn holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and and MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York.

Edward O'Dwyer is a native of Limerick City, where he lives and writes.  He has been published in many journals throughout the world, including The Forward Book of Poetry 2015. He was selected in 2010 for Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series and has been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award, the Desmond O'Grady Prize, and the North West Words Prize, among others. He has also been nominated for Pushcart, Forward, and Best of the Web prizes. Edward O' Dwyer's debut collection, The Rain on Cruise's Street, appeared in 2014 from Salmon Poetry.

Sheila Fitzpatrick O’Donnell is a native of Limerick City, now living in Shanagolden, Co. Limerick. She comes from a long line of poets/storytellers; her mother, known as Polly The Poet, encouraged her to pick up the pen. Her works has been published in many anthologies in Ireland and abroad. Sheila won the All Ireland Limericks Competition in 2009 and 2011 and the Cuisle Competition in 2013. She was shortlisted for the Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition in 2013. She was part of Sextet, an anthology of six emerging poets in 2010. Her first collection, A Bouquet Of Trilogies, was also published in 2010 and her second collection will be published in 2016. In 2014 Bridget Wallace and Sheila took their Armchair project to the streets for Limerick City of Culture. Sheila is current travelling Ireland with her Reading At Random project and hosts a rambling house in her cottage in Shanagolden. She is also a member of the Moyross Drama group.

Donal O’Flynn is from Charleville, Co. Cork and has been working in the Philippines for the past five years.  He has three books of poetry published Lost Grace, The Tailor and Ansty Poems and Random Inspirational Words  all from Revival Press. His poems vary widely in style; ranging from strict structure to free verse. He is a regular attendee at the ‘On the Nail’ Literary Gathering and Whitehouse Pub Poetry Sessions when resident in Ireland.  

Marie O’Halloran lives in Co. Cork, Ireland. Two of her poems were commended in 2013 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition. She was the featured poet at an event in Fermoy with former Fulbright Professor of Poetry & American Culture Bradley R. Strahan. Her poetry has been published in The Blue Max Review 2013 and 2014 and Rebel Poetry’s fathers and what must be said. She was part of the programme of readers at the 2013 Fermoy International Poetry Festival and globally in 2014 in conjunction with Mad Swirl poets in Dallas, Texas. Her stories have been commended and appear in various publications. She was the Poetry Slam judge at Kanturk Arts Festival, 2016. Two of her plays have been commercially staged at Friar’s Gate Theatre in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. She is currently editing her first crime novel and working on a sequel. She has had the Anam Cara experience and is a professional member of the Irish Writers’ Centre.

Ron Carey was born in Limerick and lives in Dublin. He is a prize winning poet and a finalist in many national and international poetry competitions. In 2015 his first book of poetry, DISTANCE, was published by Revival Press and nominated (shortlisted) for the Forward Prize Best First Collection, UK and Ireland. He was Highly Commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Awards and received a MA in Creative Writing from the University of South Wales.

Noelene Nash lives outside Limerick City. She has studied journalism but prefers creative writing. Her work has been published in, Anthology For A River, Corners Of Our Minds,  the Irish Independent and Stanzas Chap Books. She co-wrote and performed, 'Blackguarded: Our Vagina Dialogues', which debuted to packed houses at the Belltable, Limerick city and Friars Gate Theatre Kilmallock. “Poetry should be full of energy,” she says, “If I make you sad I will also make you smile.” She is currently working on a project called 'The Walking Poet' which gives her permission to 'loiter with intent' on the city's streets as she notes passing voices.

Tom O'Connor is a native of Mallow, Co. Cork. He is a former Civil Servant. For thirty five years he has been involved in drama and theatre as an actor and director completing his training at the London Centre For Contemporary Theatre Studies. In his forties he got bitten by the writing bug and has just signed a publishing contract for a collection of his poems. He is also actively involved as a public speaker with Toastmasters. Recently he completed screenwriting course with Eleanor McSherry at The Limerick Writers’ Centre.





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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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 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



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The Munster Literature Centre
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of Words Ireland.




Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now open!




The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

6 - 10 September




Southword Issue 29

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.




Writing Workshops
at the MLC


Short story
festival workshops
coming soon.



Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner



Poetry International

Recent additions:

Kimberly Campanello
Justin Quinn,
Brendan Cleary,
Eleanor Hooker
& more





Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship

2016 Fellow:
Zsuzsi Gartner

Zsuzsi Gartner
Applications now
being accepted for
2017 residency.



Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.




O'Donoghue Poetry

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

2015 winners




Fool for Poetry


Annually 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