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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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Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh


Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry in 1984. She graduated from NUI Galway in 2005 with a BA in Irish and French. After her degree, she worked in Bordeaux as a language teacher at the university there. She returned to NUI Galway to do a Masters in Irish where she also taught classes in Irish language and literature. In August 2007, she went to New York to teach Irish with the Fulbright programme. The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon awarded her an artist’s bursary in 2008 allowing her time to focus on writing.

Her poems have appeared in An Guth, Feasta, Crannóg and Poetry Ireland Review. As well as poetry, Ailbhe writes articles for ‘Beocheist’ in The Irish Times. Gabriel Rosenstock has translated some of her poems to English. She has read at the Imram literary festival in Dublin and participated in Cuairt na bhFilí to Scotland. She is currently based in Galway and her first collection, Péacadh, was published by Coiscéim in 2008.

Rugadh agus tógadh Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh i dTrá Lí, Co. Chiarraí. D’fhreastail sí ar Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, áit ar dhein sí staidéar ar an nGaeilge agus ar an bhFraincis. Tá tréimhsí caite aici sa Fhrainc, in Épernay, Rennes agus Bordeaux. Chaith sí bliain i Nua Eabhrac ar scoláireacht Fulbright ag teagasc na Gaeilge. Bhronn an Chomhairle Ealaíon sparántacht uirthi agus tá sí fillte ar Ghaillimh arís.

Tá dánta léi in An Guth, Feasta, Crannóg agus Poetry Ireland Review. Scríobhann sí ailt ó am go chéile in ‘Beocheist’ san Irish Times. Tá roinnt dá saothar filíochta aistrithe ag Gabriel Rosenstock. D’fhoilsigh Coiscéim a céad chnuasach filíochta in 2008. Léigh sí ag féile litríochta Imram agus ghlac sí páirt i gCuairt na bhFilí go hAlbain. Foilsíodh a céad chnuasach filíochta i 2008 dar teideal Péacadh.



Péacadh le Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh



Author Links


Péacadh le Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh ag Coiscéim

Filíocht le Ní Ghearbhuig ag Catullus Gaelach, Eag: Pádraig B. Ó Laighin

Poetry International Web--Ireland: Ailbhe Ní Ghearbuigh






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


2017 Winner:
Louise Nealon

Read the winning story



View images from the Cork
International Poetry Festival


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




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


Southword Editions

on sale in
our bookstore


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



The Gregory O'Donoghue
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



The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Wednesday Septmeber 12-
Saturday September 15 2018






The Munster Literature Centre

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

Tel. (353) 021 4312955 Email

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