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 and Open Mic
First Tuesday of the month, 8pm
The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick.
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
More Info: www.limerickwriterscentre.com
Book Launch of The Clogher Quartet Book One
by Louis Mulcahy
at The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Sunday 23rd March 3pm
Potter and ceramic sculptor Louis Mulcahy's poetry has been included in many Irish literary magazines. His work has been read on RTE1, Lyric Radio and Raidió na Gaeltachta. In 2012, he was invited to read at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival; at Féile na Gréine in Waterville and at the Fermoy Poetry Festival. In 2013, he shared a two-man reading with Paul Muldoon at Féile na Bealtaine, Dingle. His first collection in Irish, Dhá Chlog ag Bualadh, was published by An Sagart Foilseacháin in 2012.
His first collection in English from An Sagart Foilseacháin is one of a quartet. It will be launched by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill in collaboration with The Limerick Writers' Centre and Limerick City of Culture at the Hunt Museum, Limerick City on the 23rd March.
Family love, together with its darknesses, sexual love, illness, time and mortality: Louis Mulcahy’s first collection in English dives straight into the big subjects. What emerges are deeply felt and vividly realised poems which in the range and intensity of their emotions strike chord after life-affirming chord.
Paddy Bushe, poet
The Limerick Writers’ Centre in association with The Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College present a series of public talks on Great Irish Writers.
Thursday 10th April 2014, 8pm at
T118 in Mary Immaculate College, Free admission
Dr Broomfields recently published book The Empty Too - Language and Philosophy in the Works of Samuel Beckett will form the basis of the talk. In this engaging and often controversial study of Beckett’s work Dr Broomfield argues that, for Beckett, pure language is reality. Taking its title from a sentence in Worstward Ho, this rigorous reading of Beckett’s key texts claims that what we perceive in the existential world can never be proved to exist, while language survives scrutiny , and will ‘go on’ to become the real, once it has been divested of its connection to the corporeal.
The series will continue during 2014 and will focus on Irish writers such as Joyce, Behan, Wilde and Brian O Nolan.
For further information contact Dominic Taylor at email@example.com or Tel 087 2996409 Web www.limerickwriterscentre.com
Brewery Lane Writers' Weekend
April 11-13, 2014
Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary
Friday April 11, 8.15pm
Book Launch with Richard Hayes
Celebration of the Brewery Lane Poetry Competition. Poetry readings will be followed by a cheese and wine reception.
Saturday April 12, 10am - 12pm
"The Epic is in the Detail" - Seminar with Shem Caulfield
Artist and photographer with a passionate interest in rural vernacular heritage.
Saturday April 12, 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Sunday April 13, 10.30am - 12.30pm
"Writing Flash Fiction or Short Stories" with Dave Lordan
Place are strictly limited and must be pre-booked.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 087-6390224
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
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.
The Frank O'Connor
International Short Story Award
is open for submissions
until March 18, 2014.
Entry details here
Read Southword Journal
Now Accepting Submissions of
Poetry and Short Stories in English and Gaeilge
until March 18, 2014
Issue 25 now online!
Poetry International: Ireland
MLC produces the Irish section
of this prestigious poetry site.
Alan Jude Moore & Macdara Wood
Short Story Festival
(18 - 23 September)
Seán Ó Faoláin
Open to entries
May - July
at the MLC
Anthologies & Translations
Visit our bookstore here.
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