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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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JAMES HARPUR

James Harpur

Credit: John Minihan

James Harpur has published five books of poetry and one book of translations with Anvil Press. He is poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review and a member of Aosdána. He has won many awards and bursaries, including the 2015 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the 1995 British National Poetry Competition. Angels and Harvesters (2012) was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Poetry Now Award; The Dark Age (2007) won the Michael Hartnett Award; Oracle Bones (2001) was a Tablet Book of the Year; The Monk’s Dream (1996) includes the sonnet sequence that won the 1995 British National Poetry Competition; and A Vision of Comets (1993) was based on the poems that won him an Eric Gregory Award. Anvil have also published his Fortune’s Prisoner (2007), a translation of the poems of the Roman philosopher Boethius. He lives in West Cork.

‘His poetry, always strongly imbued with a sense of the sacred, makes great play of light’s spiritual resonance … his brilliant imagery and luxuriant natural descriptions offer plenty to enjoy.’ Sarah Crown, The Guardian

‘His is an amazingly consistent voice, compelling in intensity… his is a world of insight and intuitions … If you’re brave enough, read him. He will take you into a world you will find difficult to forget.’ R.J. Bailey, Envoi

‘There is a deceptive clarity, an almost translucent surface to the poems which belies their complexity and ambition. These are poems in search of – and in response to – the numinous, the sacred, but they never settle for easy pieties or shortcuts.’
Michael Symmons Roberts and Moniza Alvi, PBS Bulletin, on Angels and Harvesters.

‘Harpur’s sensibility is attuned to love, time, myth, the numinous – the makings of poetry … Harpur has an imaginative wonder.’ Andrew Waterman, London Magazine

 

 

Oracle Bones

 

Author Links

James Harpur homepage

Extended bio and poems at Poetry International Web

Harpur at the Poetry Society, UK

Interview with James Harpur in Poetry Ireland Review, 105

Bill Casey Lecture at Trinity College Dublin on art, poetry and spirituality

 

   

 

 

Words Ireland

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

 

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Leanne O'Sullivan

Poetry with
Leanne O'Sullivan
begins 21 October

 

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now open
for entries.

 

 

 

Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

10 - 13 February
2016

 

 

 

Southword Issue 28

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

 

Southword Publications

Victoria Kennefick

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Victoria Kennefik
& Virginia Astley

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Kimberly Campanello
,
Justin Quinn,
Brendan Cleary,
Eleanor Hooker
& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition

Workshops

Now closed.
Thanks to those
who entered!

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

 

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

2015 Laureate:
Carys Davies

Carys Davies

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

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Now closed!
Thank you to
everyone who
entered.

 

 
 
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The Munster Literature Centre
   

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

Tel. (353) 021 4312955 Email munsterlit@eircom.net

   
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