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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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CORK SPRING LITERARY FESTIVAL

 

 

 

Festival 2011

 

Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011

 

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2009: Humour, Wit & Irony

Éigse 2009

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2008: Belief and Unbelief

Eigse 08

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2007: War and Politics

War and Politics

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2006: Love and Desire

Eigse 06

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Authors who have appeared previously at our festival include:

From America: Ilya Kaminsky, August Kleinzahler, Darcey Steinke, Brian Turner.

 

From Britain: Colette Bryce, Rev. Jim Cotter, Toby Litt, Sarah Maguire, Fiona Pith-Kethley, Dan Rhodes, Neil Rollinson, Jo Shapcott, John Hartley Williams.

 

From Asia: Amir Or, Shan Sa, Yang Lian, Yasuhiro Yoshimoto.

 

From Europe: Andres Ehin, Barbara Korun, Ileana Malancioiu, Haaken Sandell, Hansjorg Schertenleib.

 

From Ireland: Ciaran Carson, Mary Morrissey, Colm Toibin, Hugo Hamilton, J.P. Donleavy, Bernard MacLaverty, Patrick Galvin, Alan Titley, Mary Leland, Dennis O'Driscoll, Glen Patterson, Kerry Hardie, Medbh McGuckian, Marie Heaney and many, many others.

 

 
 
©2009
The Munster Literature Centre
   

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

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

   
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