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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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GERRY MURPHY

 

Gerry Murphy

 

 

Born in Cork in 1952 where he still lives. Spent one year in a Kibbutz in Israel in 1975/76 and one year at UCC studying English and History. Started work as a lifeguard Mayfield swimming pool in 1980. His poetry collections include A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards (1985, 1992) and five previous collections from Dedalus, Rio de la Plata and All That (1993), The Empty Quarter (1995), Extracts from the Lost Log-Book of Christopher Columbus (1999), Torso of an Ex-Girlfriend (2002), End of Part One: New and Selected Poems (2006), and My Flirtation with International Socialism (2010). In 1987 American playwright Roger Gregg produced a stage adaptation of Murphy's poetry in the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork. Murphy participated in the Southword Editions' translation series for Cork European Capital of Culture in 2005, working with poems by Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska in her book, Pocket Apocalypse. Murphy's latest collection of original work is Muse (Dedalus, 2015).

 

 

Small Fat Boy Walking BackwardsThe Empty QuarterMy Flirtations with International Socialism by Gerry SweeneyMurphy Muse

 

 

Author Links

 

Poems and audio of Murphy at Dedalus

Review of My Flirtation by Thomas McCarthy in the Irish Examiner

Poems and audio of Murphy at Poetry International Web

Profile of 'The People's Republic of Gerry Murphy' (YouTube)

Gerry Murphy at Wikipedia

Work by Gerry Murphy in Southword Journal

   

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Read all the latest issues
of Southword journal
online here


Words Ireland

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

 

 

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition 2018
judge Paul McVeigh

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2017 Winner:
Louise Nealon

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Read the winning story

 

 

View images from the Cork
International Poetry Festival
2018

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Preperations are underway
for the 2019
Cork International Poetry Festival
March 27-30

 

 

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The 2018 Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition
is now accepting entries.
Deadline 30 June
Find out more.

 

Southword Editions
Chapbooks

on sale in
our bookstore

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

 

 

The Gregory O'Donoghue
International
Poetry Competition

Gregory O Donoghue

This year's winner is Rob Lipton
whose poem will be published
in the next issue of Southword

The competition will reopen
for submissions in
September 2018

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship


2018 Fellow:
Carys Davies

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Wednesday Septmeber 12-
Saturday September 15 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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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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