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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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.
Michael Lacey guest poet on Wed 10th August and OpenMic as usual 9pm at Tom & Jerry's Pub
Michael Lacey was born in the Liberties in Dublin and now lives in Lisdoonvarna.
He has written short stories and songs for many years as well as being a musician playing with various bands throughout the country. His short story was published in Alice Leahty’s ‘Wasting Time with People’.
He wrote and recorded the Millennium Poem... a history of diseases and deaths from the black plague to drugs and AIDS as reflected in children’s songs and rhymes.
He is currently in the process of completing a book and has a children’s illustrated story up for publication.
The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents an ‘On the Nail’ Literary Cabaret Production: The Wild MUXZ...with The Poetry Collective
Thurs 15th Sept 8.00pm at Belltable, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick
Do plants communicate? Are animals self-aware? As it rapidly becomes more evident that Human’s arrogance about and ignorance of Nature’s Voice is destroying Earth’s viability, The Poetry Collective explores the reality of a sentient cosmos by placing 21st Century Technological Human in flux among the Elements in our Age of Uncertainty. In ‘The Wild MUXZ’ we attempt to recognise, appreciate and embody this ‘reality’ and its effect on humanity by improvisation and extemporization in a mixed media performance event with the emphasis on spoken word/sound. As poet, Robert Graves stated in 'The White Goddess' in relation to Nature:
“Once a warning to Man that he must keep in harmony with the family of living creatures among which he was born…it is now a reminder that he has disregarded the warning, turned the house upside down by capricious experiments in science, philosophy and industry and brought ruin upon himself and his family.”
Information on MUXZ available here: www.poetrycollective.com/project/the-muxz-sessionz
Enquiries: email@example.com , Tickets €10.00 Concession €8.00
Booking 061 953 400 , www.limetreetheatre.ie
The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Next event TBC
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
*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 Munster Literature Centre
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of Words Ireland.
Short Story Festival
7 - 10 September
Southword Issue 30
New issue, free to read online.
Short Story Fellowship
being accepted for
at the MLC
Fool For Poetry
& Victor Tapner
Annually in spring.
Fool for Poetry
Annually in spring.
Seán Ó Faoláin