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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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Mid Summer Lunch time Poetry @ The Hunt Museum

The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
Lunch Time Poetry @ The Hunt Museum
July 10th / 17th / 24th /31st 2014
1.00pm to 2.00pm

In association with the Hunt Museum 8 poets (2 per week) will give a reading in the Captain's Room four Thursdays in July from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, readings will be preceded by a piece of music performed by local musicians.
Thursday 10th July.......John Liddy and Brian Blaney (Slattery)
Thursday 17th July.......Michael Reeves and Patricia Ann Moore
Thursday 24th July.......Tim Cunningham and Richard Halperin
Thursday 31st July........Bridget Wallace and Tommy Collins

Admission is free. Patrons are advised to be in their seats five minutes before readings begin. Each reading will be preceded by a piece of classical music by students from the Limerick School of Music.








Robert Graves Plaque Unveiling
24 July, 6PM, Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick

Robert Graves

The Limerick Writers’ Centre will honour the poet and writer Robert Graves on Thursday 24th July with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at  the  Locke Bar and Restaurant on George's Quay in the city. Robert Graves (1895–1985), was author of some 140 books of poetry, fiction, biography, criticism, anthropology, social history, mythology, biblical studies, translation, and children's books. Robert Graves's family origins lie in LIMERICK city. Graves, who was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1975, has been described as "one of the most brilliant lyric architects of his century." It has been said that his poems “will live as long as the language lives." The paternal grandfather of Robert Graves was bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe from 1866 to 1899. He is buried in the grounds of St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick. He was a leading scholar on the Ogham script. Robert Graves is the son of Alfred Perceval Graves, author of Father O’Flynn, who himself was a poet and Gaelic scholar who played an important part in the revival of Irish Literature. 

The commemorative plaque will be unveiled by the Limerick poet John Liddy who currently lives in Madrid. John Liddy is Limerick City of Culture writer-in-residence for the month of July. The event takes place at 6.00pm at the Locke Bar and Restaurant on Thursday July 24th which is the birthday of Robert Graves. Following the unveiling there will be readings of a number of the poems of Robert Graves. Natalie Merchant, the American singer-songwriter, and Jay Ansill, the composer and folk musician, are among a number of artists who have set the poetry of Robert Graves to music. It is expected that two or three of these composition will be sung by local musicians at the Locke Bar as part of the commemorative event planned for July24th. 

Further Details: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com






Hungry Hill Writing


3 August 2014

10.30am - 4pm
Cherry Smyth will lead a 
poetry workhop
of discussion, writing, and critique
Advance booking essential

Mill Cove Gallery
Poets Meet Painters 2014
Readings, awards, open mic

Details at





The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents

The monthly 'On the Nail' Literary Gathering

The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!
5 August 2014

Guest readers this month are Limerick' own Mae Leonard and Co. Clare writer Eddie Stack.

Mae Leonard is originally from Limerick, now living in Co. Kildare. She is a member of Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools programme. For many years she has been broadcast regularly on RTE Radio One’s, Sunday Miscellany programme. Awards include the Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry award, Cecil Day-Lewis Award (for poetry and prose), Scottish International Poetry Awards, The Golden Pen, Francis McManus Short Story Competition and the Belmont Prize for Children’s Poetry. A collection of poetry I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This was published by Doghouse in 2011. My Home Is There 2 was published by The Limerick Writers’ Centre in 2012.

Eddie Stack is from west Clare and teach at UC Berkeley in CA. He has published a fourth collection of short stories this years titled Borderline and has received several accolades for his fiction, including an American Small Press of the Year Award, and a Top 100 Irish American Award. Recognised as an outstanding short story writer, he is the author of three collections of short stories—The West, Out of the Blue and Quare Hawks; HEADS, a novel, and The Irish, three novellas. His work has appeared in literary reviews and anthologies worldwide, including Fiction, Confrontation, Whispers & Shouts, Southwords and Criterion; State of the Art: Stories from New Irish Writers; Irish Christmas Stories, The Clare Anthology and Fiction in the Classroom.

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.




FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: Des Geraghty on Brendan Behan
Thurs. 14th Aug 2014

The Limerick Writers’ Centre in association with The Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College presents the fourth in a series of public talks on Great Irish Writers as part of their celebratin of Limerick City of Culture 2014.

Free admission. Doors open 7.30pm.

On Thursday 14th August 2014 at 8.00pm in King John's Castle (cafe entrance) Des Geraghty will deliver a presentation on Brendan Behan and his legacy in Irish literature in both the Irish and English languages. He will combine personal recollections of Brendan and the whole Behan family with the Dublin environment of their time.( in the style of any Behan occasion their might be a few songs, poems and yarns.) He will also consider the substance and impact of his books, plays and public performances'. Fifty years after his untimely death in Dublin. This talented and colourful writer's work is worthy of a 'sober' review by all those interested in the evolution of Irish literature and society in the last century.

About Des Geraghty:

Des Geraghty is a former Irish politician and trade union leader. He was president of SIPTU from 1999 to 2004. He stood unsuccessfully at the 1984 European Parliament election for the Dublin constituency as a Workers' Party candidate. He briefly served as General Secretary of the Workers' Party from 1991-1992, succeeding Seán Garland and played a prominent role in events leading up to the split in that party.[1] In 1992 Geraghty joined the newly founded Democratic Left party. He was appointed to the European Parliament in 1992 for the Dublin constituency following the resignation of Proinsias De Rossa.[2] He was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy in the European Parliament. He did not contest the 1994 European Parliament election. He stood unsuccessfully as a Labour Party candidate in the 2002 Seanad election for the Labour Panel.

He has published several books including one about folk singer Luke Kelly. He is also a member of the board of Poetry Ireland.




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 limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com to book a spot or turn up on the night.

All are welcome those who wish to perform or just listen. Free admission.







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







*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.



Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now open to entries
until July 30, 2014



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Poetry International
Current poets:
Áine Uí Fhoglú, Catherine Phil MacCarthy
& Joseph Horgan

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Irish section of this
prestigious poetry site
produced by MLC .




Southword Issue 26

Southword Journal

New issue,free to read online.



The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

16 - 20 September, 2014




Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

Frank O'Connor Award

World's richest prize for
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
Cork City Council









The Munster Literature Centre

Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland.

Tel. (353) 021 4312955, Email: munsterlit(AT)eircom(DOT)net

Irish Registered Charity No.12374