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Welcome to the Munster
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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MUNSTER EVENTS

 

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The Limerick Writers' Centre

April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2018

 

Over the past 4 years, the Limerick Writers’ Centre has organised a programme of activities in Limerick city to mark April is Poetry Month where it has become the largest poetry celebration in the region with poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Here is a little bit of the philosophy behind the April is Poetry Month in Limerick:

“I expect from a poem that it slits my throat and resuscitates me,” the French writer, Christian Bobin, tells us. For April is Poetry Month we celebrate the unchanging task of the lyric poet to change us.

“A good poem shocks us awake, one way or another – through its beauty, its insight, its music, it shakes or seduces the reader out of the common gaze and into a genuine looking

.” And “make no mistake,” the poet Jane Hirshfield reminds us, “I consider such a moment of transformation to be a radical event.”

For the month, we wish to do something which is different to other poetry festivals – too many of these festivals look and sound the same.

For a full list of what’s on offer for the month of April, click here:

https://www.limerick.ie/discover/whats-on/festivals/limerick-writers-festival

Check us out on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/April-Is-Poetry-Month-In-Limerick-1666596723600620/

 

 

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The Limerick Writers' Centre

On The Nail Literary Gathering

The May 2018 ‘On the Nail’ Literary Gathering Tues 1st May 2018 at Chez le Fab, Arthur’s Quay Park, Limerick. Start 8pm This month, our guests are author Elizabeth and poet Ger Reidy.

Elizabeth Reapy is from Mayo and has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University, Belfast. Her debut novel Red Dirt won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and it was also awarded the 2017 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. She is currently a UNESCO Dublin City Writer-in-Residence. Ger Reidy was born near Westport, Co. Mayo. He has won several national poetry competitions and has been the recipient of a number of bursaries and residencies sponsored by the Arts Council and Mayo County Council. Dedalus Press published his debut collection, Pictures from a Reservation, in 1998 and his second collection, Drifting Under the Moon, in 2010. His third collection, Before Rain, was published by Arlen House in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize at Listowel Writers' Week. His poetry has been published in many literary journals, both at home and abroad and he has read at numerous literary festivals. 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. ‘On the nail’ literary gathering is currently funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

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.

 For further details:

limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com      facebook group

www.limerickwriterscentre.com         www.youtube.com/limerickwriterscentre

 

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Revival Night at the White House

White House Poetry Night
Tom & Jerry's pub, O’Connell Street, Limerick
Weekly on Wednesdays, from 9pm

Admission free. Complimentary finger food provided.


White House Limerick Poetry

Visit and Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouseLimerickPoetry

Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/WHLkPoetry

 

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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/

 

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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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*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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Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here


Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.

 

 

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2018
judge Paul McVeigh

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2017 Winner:
Louise Nealon

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Read the winning story

 

 

View images from the Cork
International Poetry Festival
2018

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Preperations are underway
for the 2019
Cork International Poetry Festival
March 27-30

 

 

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The 2018 Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition
is now accepting entries.
Deadline 30 June
Find out more.

 

Southword Editions
Chapbooks

on sale in
our bookstore

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including Fool For Poetry
winners, the New Irish
Voices series & more

 

 

The Gregory O'Donoghue
International
Poetry Competition

Gregory O Donoghue

This year's winner is Rob Lipton
whose poem will be published
in the next issue of Southword

The competition will reopen
for submissions in
September 2018

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship


2018 Fellow:
Carys Davies

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Wednesday Septmeber 12-
Saturday September 15 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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