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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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IAN WILD

 

 

Ian Wild

 

Ian Wild is a writer, composer and theatre worker from Enniskean, Co. Cork, Ireland.

In 2009 he won the Fish International Short Story Prize and received a literature bursary from the Irish Arts Council. His publications and broadcast work include Way Out West—a comedy series about the English community in West Cork for RTE Radio One; The Great Moodini and other stories—20 children’s stories also broadcast on RTE’s Radio One. He has a collection of short stories published by Fish: The Woman Who Swallowed The Book Of Kells and also a volume of poetry entitled Intercourse With Cacti (Bradshaw Books). His literary awards include the North West Playwrights Award, the Aeon Prize for short fiction 2012and in 2005 he won a runner-up award in the Bridport Short Story Prize. Four of his highly successful musical comedies appeared in Cork Midsummer Festivals between 1998 and 2003:  The Pirates in Short Pants, Marco Polo’s Toilet Brush, Reds Under the Beds and Spaghetti Western. His most recent publication is a comic novel, The Naked Umbrella Thieves, from Knightstone in 2011. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Foundation Arts Short Story Award.

His compositional work for the theatre includes songs and incidental music for productions Shakespeare at Cork Opera House: Hamlet (2005), King Lear (2006),and Othello (2007).He also composed songs and incidental music for The Elephant Man at the Everyman Palace and The Tempest at the Granary Theatre.

From 2001 he has been teaching creative writing and theatre improvisation and Kinsale  College. Other teaching positions have included Writer in Residence at Tigh Fili (Poets House) from 1999 – 2002, and workshop leader at the Munster Literature Centre from 2003 – 2006.

Ian Wild worked as a prop maker, musician and actor for a number of Theatre Companies before 1990 including: Welfare State International, Interplay Community Theatre, Preston Community Arts, Mobile Arts, Community Arts Workshop (CAW), Climax Theatre Company.

 

 

Author Links

 

Wooden O Theatre Course

Wild Productions

"The Woman Who Swallowed The Book of Kells"

Purchase Intercourse with Cacti

Contributions to Southword Journal

   

 

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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