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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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Aidan Murphy


Aidan Murphy is a Cork-born poet now residing in Dublin. He was twice recipient of The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. His poetry is collected in The Restless Factor (1985, Raven Arts Press), The Way the Money Goes (1987, Raven Arts Press)– a Poetry Book Society recommendation, Small Sky, Big Change (1989, Raven Arts Press), Stark Naked Blues (1997, New Island Books), and Looking in at Eden (2001, New Island Books). Neon Baby: New and Selected Poems was published in 2007, and Two Halves appeared from Lapwing in 2009. A new collection, Wrong Side of Town, is forthcoming from Dedalus Press in 2015.


Author Links


Extended bio and poems at Poetry International Web

Dedalus Press

New Island Press

Aidan Murphy Biography (Irish Writers Online)

YouTube: Aidan Murphy reading at the White House in Limerick

YouTube: Reading by Aidan Murphy



Fool for Poetry


31 May 2015




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




Southword Issue 27

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.




The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

15 - 19 September




Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

through March

Frank O'Connor Award

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




Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

2015 comp
opens this





O'Donoghue Poetry

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Winners will
appear in
April 2015.




Writing Workshops
at the MLC


Spring night
coming soon.




Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

in spring.





The Munster Literature Centre

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

Tel. (353) 021 4312955 Email

Irish Registered Charity No.12374