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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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Summer Poetry Workshop

Running six Saturdays from July 8th 11am to 1pm
Venue: The Munster Literature Centre, 84 Douglas Street,
Class size: maximum of ten
Cost €100
Course Leader: Patrick Cotter

    Week one, Generating ideas, not discounting any subject matter.
Week two, Ekphrasis, how to be inspired by visual art
Week three, Using the thesaurus and rhyming dictionary as tools for revision
Week four How to revise like a master – we will examine several poems by famous poets in various stages of development to show how unpromising material can be transformed into masterpieces.
Week five, Purging clichés – how to improve your use of language so it is more original.
Week six, The etiquette of publication. Prepare your work for submission. Discover which are the best magazines and compertitions to aim for.

 Patrick Cotter’s publications includes several chapbooks, the verse novella The Misogynist’s Blue Nightmare (Raven Arts Press, 1990) and the full collections, Perplexed Skin (Arlen House 2008) and Making Music (Three Spires Press 2009). No One Knows, a bilingual selection, was published in Macedonia in 2014.

His work has been published in London Review of BooksPoetryPN Review and elsewhere, and has also has appeared in many anthologies including Separate Islands: Contemporary British and Irish poetry (Quarry, Ontario).

His translations of the Estonian poet Andres Ehin are collected in the book Moosebeetle Swallow (Southword Editions). His own poems have also been widely translated. In 2013 he received the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. www.patrickcotter.ie

 

 

 

 

Cancellation Policy (Please read carefully.)

After you have paid for the workshop, should you have to cancel for any reason, we will exercise our best efforts to find a participant to replace you. If we can do so, we will refund your tuition payment. If we cannot replace you, we will not refund your tuition payment. The later the cancellation date, the more difficult it is for staff to find a qualified participant. Though we do recognize that emergencies happen, and we will do our best to help you, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to replace you in the event of a cancellation.

Mobility Requirements: Most of the venues have wheelchair access but not all. If you have limited mobility every effort will be made to accommodate you, but best chance is through an early booking.

Your workshop place will be secured only after full payment. Every effort will be made to make sure that the programme proceeds as advertised but the Munster Literature Centre accepts no responsibility for changes made due to circumstances beyond our control. Refunds will be given only if a workshop is cancelled.

As workshops sell out notification of such will be posted on this page.

How to Book

Phone + 353 (021)4312955
Email info(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie
In person at The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O’Connor House, 84
Douglas Street, Cork

Payment will be accepted by cheque/postal order (made payable to the Munster Literature Centre) or by credit card via Paypal (link provided on registration).

 

 

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“When I first went along to the Cork International Short Story Festival
I didn’t know any other writers, wasn’t attending any writing classes....
didn’t have a single word of fiction published. I signed up for the
fiction workshop that autumn and again in the following spring,
and now a year later my 12th story will be published. So I’d like to say
a big ‘thank you’ to everyone at The Munster Literature Centre!”

– prize-winning writer, Danielle McLaughlin

 

"Ironically enough, words fail me when it comes saying
how amazingly stimulating and fantastic it was.
"
--Amy Barry Murphy on MLC evening fiction workshops

 

Phone + 353 (021)4312955
Email info(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie
In person at The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O’Connor House,
84 Douglas Street, Cork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Words Ireland

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

 

New from Southword Editions!
New chapbooks by
John Fitzgerald
and Aidan Mathews

Available here


2017 Fool for Poetry
winning chapbooks
by John Mee
and Maya Catherine Popa

Available here

 

New Irish Voices
poetry chapbooks
by Roisin Kelly
and Paul McMahon


Available here

 

Southword

southword

Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship


2017 Fellow:
Marie-Helene Bertino

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition
2017

Workshops

Now accepting
submissions!

 

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2017

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now accepting
submissions!

 

 

 

Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin
Kimberly Campanello
Justin Quinn
Brendan Cleary
Eleanor Hooker

& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 


Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in September

 

 

 

Southword Issue 30

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

 
 
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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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