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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Call for Applications:
Poets to avail of mentorship
under the guidance of James Harpur
Deadline 7 September.
The poet James Harpur has been chosen to be the Munster Literature Centre / Words Ireland Poetry Mentor
James Harpur has had five books of poetry published by Anvil Press, including his latest, Angels and Harvesters (2012), which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Dark Age (2007) won the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award. Other prizes and bursaries include the 1995 British National Poetry Competition, two Arts Council of Ireland Bursaries, a Society of Authors Bursary, an Eric Gregory Award, and a Hawthornden Fellowship. His poems have been published in national newspapers such as The Irish Times, the Guardian and the Independent and broadcast on national radio, including RTE 1 and BBC Radio 4. He has been included in many anthologies, such as The Forward Book of Poetry (Faber 2001), Staying Alive (Bloodaxe 2008), and The Best of Irish Poetry (Southword Editions 2009).
He has conducted workshops at the Arvon Foundation, Lancaster University, Galway University, and at many other venues and locations in Ireland and the UK. He has also mentored and tutored published and beginner poets. He lives in West Cork, Ireland, and is a member of Aosdána.
More information about him and links to his work can be found at http://www.jamesharpur.com/
We are now calling for applications for the position of Mentored Poet.
Applications are invited from Munster-resident poets (with at least one collection published and no more than two) who would like to be mentored by James Harpur while working towards their next collection. The successful candidate will meet the mentor for six sessions. The first five two-hour sessions will be devoted to assessing batches of poems building towards your next book. The sixth session will be devoted to the overall shape of your manuscript. Mentoring sessions can take place at the Munster Literature Centre or at a location mutually agreeable to the Mentor & Mentee. The first mentoring meeting will be arranged for October 2015. Five further meetings will occur at approximately two-monthly intervals with the last session taking place in September 2016.
Submit a PDF or word document consisting of 10 poems from your manuscript in progress, a literary CV and a note outlining how you believe you could benefit from this opportunity to Patrick Cotter, Artistic Director, The Munster Literature Centre at munsterlit(AT)eircom.net
. Deadline: September 7th.
All eligible applications will be forwarded to James Harpur who will be the sole selector of the successful candidate. Candidates should not canvass James Harpur directly.
THE SEAN O'FAOLAIN SHORT
Now closed! Thank you to everyone who entered.
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The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.
Short Story Festival
23 - 26 September
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
Thank you to
Southword Issue 28
New issue, free to read online.
Fool For Poetry
& Virginia Astley
Fool for Poetry
Thanks to those
at the MLC