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.
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.
On The Nail Readings
The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick.
(Literary events including readings on first Tuesday of every month,
starting at 8PM, and more. )
Next event: December 3
Guests are Joe Sweeney and Gene Barry, followed by the Open-Mic.
Joseph Sweeney was born in Dublin and graduated from UCD with an honours Master's Degree in Anglo Irish Literature in 1983. He was a teacher of English and French, until becoming a fulltime writer in 2007. Novelist, short story writer, poet and humorist he has been the recipient of various literary prizes including a first prize in Listowel Writers' Week , a first prize in the Cross National Short Story Competition , adjudicated by Professor Brendan Kennelly. He was also shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. He has had work published in various outlets including the New Irish Writing Page, A Day In The Life [a short story anthology published by RTE], Orbis, The Cork Yule Book. His work has been broadcast on RTE radio, and recorded on CD. He was recently shortlisted by Readers Digest and published on their website. He is bringing out a collection of humorous stories and essays in the Spring of 2014.
Gene Barry is an Art Therapist, Poet and a practicing Psychotherapist. He is the founder of Elbow Lane Poetry a bimonthly poetry event held in Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland. He is also the Chairman and founder of the Fermoy International Poetry Festival.
Gene has been published widely both at home and internationally. His poems have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals including: The Stony Thursday Book, Revival, Under The Radar, Euphony, Cyphers, University of Chicago, Irish Examiner, Origami Condom, Douglas Post, The Ranfurly Review, Mad Swirl, Poetry Super Highway, Emara, and Dark Stream. Rebel Poetry published Gene's Chapbook No Family Tree in 2008. In 2011 Gene was editor of the anthology Silent Voices, a collection of poems written by asylum seekers living in Millstreet. He additionally edited two anthologies Remembering the Present which was launched in May 2012 and Inclusion in August 2012.
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
To view videos of previous reading go to: http://www.youtube.com/onthenailreadings
The Limerick Writers' Centre in association with Foras na Gaeilge would like to invite all Irish speakers to attend our 'On The Nail' Reading series Upstairs@Foley's Bar, Sarsfield Street, Limerick on the first Tuesday of every month and partake in our open-mic readers spot. Just bring along something you've written yourself or your favourite verse or short prose. You will be assured of an appreciatave audience and from April we will have a prominent Irish author as a special guest. The evening begins at 8.00pm and all are welcome, whether you want to read or just listen. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Info: www.limerickwriterscentre.com
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/
Friday, 20th December 2013 - usual poetry night in Brewery Lane Theatre. Theme TBA
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
Readings by Billy O'Callaghan and Ethel Rohan
at Lismore Castle, Waterford on Friday, December 13 at 6pm
Ethel Rohan weekend writing workshop:
"Brilliance of Brevity"
Lismore Castle, Waterford, December 14 & 15
Please visit her website for further details: www.ethelrohan.com
writing competition for poems on any political theme
Judge: Bernard O’Donoghue
Entry fee: €8 for up to three poems (25% discount for writers' groups)
Closing date: 1 February 2014
For details visit www.hungryhillwriting.com
The Limerick Writers’ Centre Presents: The Acoustic Café
Sallymills Bakery, Café & Tea Rooms, The Milk Market, Limerick
8.30pm sharp! Fortnightly on Thursdays
Every fortnight we unveil The Acoustic Café at Sallymills Bakery, Café & Tea Rooms in The Milk Market, Limerick. We want to make this the best place in Limerick to hear local unplugged music and spoken word performance.
Small cafe tables, dim lighting and an intimate vibe make the Cafe reminiscent of a NYC Greenwich Village night spot. We present a wide variety of musical styles, from folk to alternative. So if you want to take part come along early and sign up for the open-mic.
Remember keep music real…keep it acoustic.
if you wish to play contact Dominic Taylor at email@example.com to book a spot or turn up on the night.
All are welcome those who wish to perform or just listen. Free admission.
SongWriter Sessions @ Bentley's Bar, O'Connell St.
Monthly on Thursdays, 9PM
As usual all aspiring songwriters are invited to attend and play their songs in front of a live audience. All types of music and singers are welcome, a limited amount of instruments will be available for use on the night. There will also be an opportunity for getting a YouTube video of your performance made free of charge and uploaded to our site. Performances will also be recorded and broadcast as a podcast at a later date. Host for the sessions are songwriters Brian Connolly, Chris Wood and Sean Macleod. As the venue develops into a hot spot for new talent in Limerick, plans are afoot to invite recording artists, producers, managers and publishers, anyone who may be looking for fresh new songs. SongWriter Sessions@The Locke Bar is a regular feature of the live music scene in Limerick and takes place every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month.
All are welcome those who wish to perform or just listen. Free admission and free finger food.
*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.
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Deadline 15 December
Pigs' Feet, White Socks
2003-2012 Seán Ó Faoláin
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Read Southword Journal
Issue 24 now online!
The Cork Spring
Poetry International: Ireland
MLC produces the Irish section
of this prestigious poetry site.
Trevor Joyce, Bríd Ní Mhóráin
& Paul Perry
Short Story Festival
(18 - 23 September)
Seán Ó Faoláin
Open to entries
May - July
at the MLC
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