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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

 

Born of Irish-British descent, James Harpur studied Classics and English at university. He taught English on the island of Crete and then worked as a lexicographer. He is now a freelance writer and has had four poetry collections published by Anvil Press: A Vision of Comets (1993), The Monk¹s Dream (1996), Oracle Bones (2001) and The Dark Age (2007). His latest collection, The Dark Age, received the Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award 2009.
Anvil have also published his Fortune¹s Prisoner, a translation of the poems of Boethius. In addition, he has published a sequence of religious poems called The Gospel of Joseph of Arimathea (Wild Goose, 2008). His prose publications include Love Burning in the Soul (Shambhala, 2005), an introduction to the Christian mystics.  
Harpur has won a number of prizes for his poetry, including the 1995 British National Poetry Competition. He has received various awards and bursaries, such as from Cork Arts, the Eric Gregory Trust, the Society of Authors, the Arts Council (UK), and the Hawthornden Foundation.

He has performed his poetry widely at poetry festivals and venues, including the Triskel Arts Centre (Cork), the Voice Box (London), the ICA (London), and the Irish Writers¹ Centre (Dublin). He has held poetry residencies at the Munster Literature Centre in Cork and at Exeter Cathedral in the UK, and he is an experienced workshop leader. He facilitates the weekly writers' workshop at the Munster Literature Centre and has been a regular poetry leader at the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh, Devon, UK.

He is currently poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review, a publication founded by the poet and William Blake scholar, Kathleen Raine, and of Southword. He lives near Clonakilty, Co. Cork. 

 

Oracle Bones

 

Author Links

James Harpur homepage

Extended bio and poems at Poetry International Web

Harpur at the Poetry Society, UK

   

 

Words Ireland

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

 

 

 

The Gregory O'Donoghue
International
Poetry Competition

Gregory O Donoghue

Deadline: 30 November
2017

 

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship
DEADLINE FOR
APPLICATIONS

30 November 2017

Marie Helene Bertino
2017 Fellow:
Marie-Helene Bertino

 

 

 

Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition
2017

Workshops

Winners:
Molly Minturn &
Bernadette McCarthy !

 

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2017

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Winner:
Louise Nealon!

 

 

 

Southword Editions
Chapbooks

on sale in
our bookstore

chapbooks

including Fool For Poetry
winners, the New Irish
Voices series & more

 

 

 

Southword

southword

Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin
Kimberly Campanello
Justin Quinn
Brendan Cleary
Eleanor Hooker

& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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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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