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
The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents in association with Barespot Twenty Sixteen
An ‘On the Nail’ Cabaret Production
Dickens in Limerick Written and Performed by Laurence Foster
Fri May 6th 8.00pm at the Belltable, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick.
It is Limerick in 1858 and Charles Dickens is on a reading tour of the City. To promote his novels and display his skills as an actor and raconteur. Laurence Foster’s one-man-show recreates this period in which Dickens casts an amusing eye over Limerick – and interweaves his stark descriptions of Arthur’s Quay, Pery Square, Limerick Jail, the Famine, the Workhouse and various characters he encountered, with pertinent sections from such favourites as A Christmas Carol, Hard Times, Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. The result is an acting tour-de-force which brings wonderful life to some of Dicken’s most well-known characters as well as an insight into the man himself. Laurence Foster’s career is a fascinating tour through Irish Theatrical History. Invited to Ireland in 1969 as leading man for the Anew McMaster Memorial Company, Foster stayed to appear in cvountless stage productions which led to a successful radio career with the RTE Players, from where, he regularly entertained us in our living-rooms as Harry Murphy in Harbour Hotel.
(Running time 45-50 minutes followed (after an interval) by Meet Mr. Dickens, a 40 minute question and answer session with Laurence Foster still in character as Dickens.)
Tickets €12 and €10 concession
Box Office: 061 774 774
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.
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.
Revival Press and Shannon Rowing Club
Revival River Readings
Tues 17th May 8.00pm Shannon Rowing Club, Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick
Guest Readers: Philip Gross (UK) TS Eliot Award Winner, Jane Clark (Irl) Hennessy Award Winner and Ron Carey (Irl) Forward Prize Nominated poet.
A new bi-monthly poetry reading series is starting in Limerick organised by the poetry publishing imprint of The Limerick Writers’ Centre, Revival Press in association with Shannon Rowing Club. The aim of the series is to bring to Limerick poets from mainland Europe and the UK to read with local and national poets, in keeping with the strategy of having a more European outlook when it comes to the arts in Limerick. The series intends to promote the very best of contemporary poetry and create appreciation and enjoyment for Limerick poetry audiences. Revival Press are delighted to partner with Shannon Rowing Club in this venture and to bring the best of contemporary poetry to the spectacular setting of the River Room of Shannon Rowing Club as they continue their 150 year celebrations.
Three exceptional poets Philip Gross, Jane Clark and Ron Carey will debut the new series on Tuesday May 17th at 8.00pm. Admission €7/€5 concession.
Philip Gross was born in 1952 in Cornwall, and grew up in Plymouth. With a Cornish mother and an Estonian father, Gross has emerged as one of the greatest poetic voices of displacement, conveying what Terry Eagleton views as “lost bearings and blurred frontiers” (Independent on Sunday). He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1981 and, in the following year, won the National Poetry Competition. He was recently awarded the TS Eliot Prize for his collection The Water Table (Bloodaxe, 2009). His other collections for adults include Familiars (Peterloo, 1983), The Ice Factory (Faber, 1984), Cat’s Whisker (Faber, 1987), The Son of the Duke of Nowhere (Faber, 1991), I.D. (Faber, 1994), The Wasting Game (Bloodaxe, 1998), Changes of Address: Poems 1980-1998 (Bloodaxe, 2001), Mappa Mundi (Bloodaxe, 2003) and The Egg of Zero (Bloodaxe, 2006).
Originally from a farm in Roscommon, Jane Clarke now lives in Co. Wicklow. She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin and an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales. She has a background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and combines writing with her work as a management consultant in not-for-profit organisations. Her poems are widely published in journals, newspapers and anthologies, including The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Rialto, The North, Poetry Wales, Mslexia, Agenda, Ambit, Abridged, The Interpreter’s House, Envoi, The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, The Shop, Crannog and The Stony Thursday Book; Tokens for the Foundlings Anthology, ed. Tony Curtis (Seren Books, 2012), Anthology for a River, ed. Teri Murray (River Shannon Protection Alliance, 2012), The Fish Anthology, ed. Clem Cairns and Jula Walton (Fish Publishing, 2012) Listowel Writers’ Week Winners Anthology, (Writers’ Week Listowel, 2007 & 2014), The Roscommon Anthology, ed. Michael & John O’Dea (Roscommon Literary Heritage Group, 2013), International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge Course Companion, (Oxford University Press, 2013), A Telmetale Bloomnibus, ed. Clodagh Moynan (Irish Writers’ Centre, 2013), The Hippocrates Prize Anthology, (The Hippocrates Press, 2013), Leaving Certificate Higher Level English Course Papers, (Educate.ie, 2014); She received the Listowel Writer’s Week Poetry Collection Prize in 2014 and has won a number of other prizes including Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition (2014), Poems for Patience (2013), iYeats (2010), Listowel Writers Week (2007). Runner-up in the Poetry Ireland/Trocaire Competition (2013) and the Listowel Writers Week Poetry Collection Competition (2013), she was also shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition 2013, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Literary Awards 2013 & 2014, the Hippocrates Prize (2013), Mslexia Poetry Competition (2012), Fish Poetry Prize (2009 & 2012). In 2009 she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and was awarded an arts bursary by Wicklow County Council. Her first collection will be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015.
Ron Carey was born in Limerick and now lives in Dublin. He has been a prize winner and finalist in many international poetry competitions including, The Bridport Prize, Lightship International Poetry Prize, Cinnamon Press Poetry Awards, Fish International Poetry Prize, Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Awards, Hugh O’Flaherty Poetry Award, iYeats Poetry Prize and the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in New Irish Writing, the Irish Times as well as many anthologies and magazines. He was a featured poet in Cuisle 2013. In 2015 he was awarded Special Commendation in the Patrick Kavanagh Awards and he received a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. His debut collection Distance has been nominated for the Forward Prize for debut collections.
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
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The Munster Literature Centre
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Fool for Poetry
31 May 2016
at the MLC
Fool For Poetry
& Victor Tapner
Southword Issue 29
New issue, free to read online.
Short Story Festival
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
Annually in spring.