Welcome to the Munster
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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William Wall is a prize-winning author of fiction and poetry. He has written four novels, two collections of short fiction and three volumes of poetry. He translates from Italian. He graduated from University College Cork in Philosophy and English, and is one of two fiction writers to emerge from the group of mostly poets that developed around the English Department there in the late seventies. His fourth novel, This Is The Country, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2005 and shortlisted for The Irish Book Awards and the Young Mind Prize. His work has been translated into many languages. His poetry and fiction have won and been shortlisted for numerous accolades, including The Patrick Kavanagh and Sean O’Faoláin Awards, and the Raymond Carver Prize. He has also written for children.
His first novel, Alice Falling, may be downloaded free (PDF) at academia.edu
‘Wall, who is also a poet, writes prose so charged—at once lyrical and syncopated—that it’s as if Cavafy had decided to write about a violent Irish household.’ The New Yorker
‘Wall's touch with characterisation is light and deft: many illustrate themselves plainly with just a few lines of dialogue.’ The Guardian
‘He is such a writer - lyrical and cruel and bold and with metaphors to die for.’ Kate Atkinson
Guardian Review: This Is The Country
Sunday Business Post Review: The Map Of Tenderness
Sunday Business Post Interview with William Wall
William Wall Homepage
William Wall (Irish Writers Online)
The Munster Literature Centre
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of Words Ireland.
at the MLC
begins 21 October
10 - 13 February
Southword Issue 28
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Fool For Poetry
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Fool for Poetry
Thanks to those
Short Story Festival
Short Story Award
World's richest prize
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
Cork City Council.
Seán Ó Faoláin
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