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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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Poetry Chapbooks by Southword Editions

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Katie Hale - Regina O'Melveny - Breda Spaight
James O'Leary - Gerry Murphy - Molly Minturn Bernadette McCarthy - John Fitzgerald
Aiden Matthews - John Mee
Maya Catherine Popa - Roisin Kelly
Paul McMahon - Tania Hershman - Victor Tapner
Virginia Astley - Victoria Kennefick
Jennifer Minniti-Shippey - Irene Mosvold

 

Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2018

 

Katie Hale chapbook

Assembly Instructions by Katie Hale

Southword Editions, 28 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-61-0
Price: €6 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Assembly Instructions received 1st prize in the 2018 Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Born in Cumbria, Katie Hale’s debut pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. She has won the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Buzzwords Poetry Competition, and been shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize. Following a year’s mentoring through Penguin Random House UK’s inaugural WriteNow scheme, Katie’s debut novel, My Name is Monster, will be published by Canongate in 2019. She runs creative writing workshops in schools, and is currently working on a first full collection of poetry.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2018

 

Katie Hale chapbook

other gods by Regina O'Melveny

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-62-7
Price: €6 (within Republic of Ireland)
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other gods received 2nd prize in the 2018 Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Regina O’Melveny’s poetry can be found in various literary magazines including The Bellingham Review, Rattapallax, Barrow Street, and Solo. She has published two chapbooks, "New" and "A Secret", from Conflux Press, and an award-winning poetry collection, "Blue Wolves", from Bright Hill Press. Her novel, "The Book of Madness and Cures", was published by Little, Brown and Company. Her new poetry collection, "The Shape of Emptiness", will be published by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions in 2019.

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Katie Hale chapbook

The Untimely Death of My Mother's Hens by Breda Spaight
New Irish Voices No. 5

Southword Editions, 30 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-63-4
Price: €6 (within Republic of Ireland)
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The Untimely Death of My Mother’s Hens is the fifth poetry chapbook in the New Irish Voices series from Southword Editions. Breda Spaight lives in Co. Limerick. She was among the poets accepted to the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, and the Introductions Reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in Southword, Poetry Ireland Review, Ambit, Aesthetica, and The North (Irish issue). She was a featured poet in The Stinging Fly and The Interpreter’s House. She has won the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Prize, and was among the poets in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 Eyewear anthology.

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James O'Leary chapbook

There are Monsters in this House by James O'Leary
New Irish Voices No. 4

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-57-3
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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James O'Leary is a poet and reviewer from Cork. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2017 and received the Poetry Ireland and Cúirt bursary in 2016. He has written and directed serveral short plays and his poetry-films have screened in Ireland, Scotland, and Canada. His poems have appeared in The Honest Ulsterman, The Irish Examiner, Banshee, Magma, Southword, Barehands, The Incubator, Wordlegs, and The Burning Bush 2, as well as in various anthologies.

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My Life as a Stalinist by Gerry Murphy

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-56-6
Price: €6 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poetry collections include Muse (2010) My Flirtation with International Socialism (2010) and End of Part One: New and Selected Poems (2006), all from Dedalus. Murphy's poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and Pocket Apocalypse, his translations of the Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, appeared in 2005 from Southword Editions.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2017

 

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Not in Heaven by Molly Minturn

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-54-2
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Molly Minturn's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Sycamore Review, Bennington Review, Indiana Review and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Virginia. This is her first book.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2017

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Bog Arabic by Bernadette McCarthy

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-55-9
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Bernadette McCarthy's poems have been published in Agenda,The Penny Dreadful, Causeway, Crannóg, The Irish Examiner and in the anthology On the Banks (ed. A. Hopkins, Collins Press 2016). She was highly commended in the 2015 Ó Bhéal Five Words Competition. She holds a PhD in early medieval archaeology from UCC.

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First Cut by John Fitzgerald
New Irish Voices No. 3

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-52-8
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Born in Ireland, John Fitzgerald has been writing poetry since 2010. In 2014 he received the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. He is the recipient of a 2015 Key West Literary Bursary and acted as a juror for the 2016 Poem for Ireland Competition. His poems have been published widely since 2014 in journals, newspapers and anthologies, including the Penguin Windharp selection of the best Irish poetry from 1916 to 2016. He has lived in Dublin, London and Italy. He works at University College Cork as University Librarian and lives with his family on a farm in County Cork.

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Sound Effects in a Studio by Aidan Mathews

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-53-5
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Aidan Mathews is a poet, playwright and fiction writer. He has published verse collections with The Dolmen Press, the Gallery Press, and Jonathan Cape. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1976; an Academy of American Poets Award in 1982; Italy's Cavour Prize in 1996, and the Arts Council Literature Award in 2006. His most recent work includes Charlie Chaplin's Wishbone (stories) and Fasting and Feasting: Radio Reflections on Christmas and Easter (essays).

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2016

From the Extinct by John Mee

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-50-4
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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John Mee won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015. His poems have been published in The Rialto, Prelude, The SHOp, Big Wide Words, Poetry on the Buses (London), Cyphers, Southword and The Cork Literary Review. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2008. He was born in Canada and has lived in Cork since he was seven years old. He is a professor in the Law School at University College Cork.

'A beautiful formality of language, a keen sense of irony, a consciousness of the music of history, all combine here in this rich work of poetry. Mee is one of the most gifted poets of the South to emerge in recent decades.' --Thomas McCarthy

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2016

The Bees Have Been Canceled by Maya Catherine Popa

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-51-1
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Maya Catherine Popa is a 2015 Ruth Lilly finalist and a recipient of the Editor's Award from the Poetry Foundation. Her writing appears in Poetry, Tin House, the TLS, and elsewhere. She holds degrees from Barnard College, Oxford University, and New York University. She lives and teaches in New York City.

'The poems crackle with electricity, such is the cognitive energy with which Popa marshals and commands language and form. There is an underlying scholarliness which is never didactic, shot through as it is by humour and lyricism.' --Jenny Lewis

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Introducing the New Irish Voices series

rapture

Rapture by Roisin Kelly
New Irish Voices No. 1

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-47-4
Price: 5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Roisin Kelly was born in Belfast, raised in Leitrim, and currently lives in Cork City. Her poetry has appeared in POETRY, The Stinging Fly, The Dark Horse, and Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear 2016). In 2016 her work was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and published in The Irish Times, and she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Rapture is Roisin's first chapbook and has been described by poet Leanne O’Sullivan as ‘fierce and mysterious, beautiful and compelling.’ www.roisinkelly.com

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bourdon

Bourdon by Paul McMahon
New Irish Voices No. 2

Southword Editions, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-48-1
Price: 5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Originally from Belfast, Paul MacMahon lived for 16 years between Prague, Berlin, India, and Mexico. His poetry awards include The Ballymaloe International, The Nottingham Open, The Westport, and The Golden Pen. In 2015 he was awarded The Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize by Carol Ann Duffy, and his poetry has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Stinging Fly, The Atlanta Review, The Irish Times, and Southword.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2015

Tania HershmanNothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open by Tania Hershman

Southword Editions
30 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-44-3
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Tania Hershman lives in Bristol, UK, and is the author of two short story collections and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion. To purchase SIGNED copies of this chapbook, or for more information on the writer, visit taniahershman.com

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2015

Banquet in the Hall of HappinessBanquet in the Hall of Happiness by Victor Tapner
Southword Editions
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-45-0
Price: €5 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Victor Tapner's first poetry collection Flatlands (Salt) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the East Anglian Book Award's poetry prize. He has also won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and Scotland's Wigtown prize. His latest collection, Waiting to Tango, appeared in 2016 from Templar. A full-time writer, he was previously a Financial Times journalist. He lives near London. For more information about the author, visit www.victortapner.com

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2014

Curative HarpThe Curative Harp by Virginia Astley
Southword Editions
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-41-2
Price: €8 (within Republic of Ireland)
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Virginia Astley is a songwriter and musician who from a young age has appreciated the process of writing, often working things out by writing them out. Her collection Solvitur Ambulato was published in The New Writer earlier this year. She has won prizes in several competitions including: The Frogmore, Ver Poets, East Coker and Manchester Cathedral. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is currently completing her book: Keeping the River. This is a narrative non-fiction based on the River Thames and the lives of those who work and live on the river. She has received the Dorset Prize for Poetry. The Curative Harp, a début publication for Astley, was a co-winner of the 2014 Fool For Poetry Competition.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2014

Victoria KennefickWhite Whale by Victoria Kennefick
Southword Editions
28 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905002-40-5
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Victoria Kennefick is a native of Shanagarry, Co. Cork. She was a receipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007 and completed her PhD in Literature at University College Cork in 2009. Her poems have been published in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Wordlegs, The Weary Blues and Abridged. She won the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize in 2013 and is shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014 judged by Emily Berry. In 2013 her work was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2013 and highly commended in the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize 2014.  She was selected to read as part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2013 and at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival Emerging Writers Reading in February 2014. 

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2009

Done Dating DJsDone Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey

Southword Editions, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-905002-32-0
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Done Dating DJs is the 2009 winner of the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition published by Southword Editions. Jennifer Minniti-Shippey’s Done Dating DJs contains poems with precursors as varied as William Carlos Williams and Rita Ann Higgins. A wry sophisticated humour is invested in these crisp confident poems by a young poet who has found her voice. If Sex and the City were aimed at a higher brow level and written in verse, this could be it.

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Fool For Poetry
Prize-winning chapbook 2005

Never Trust Where a Cat Sits

Never Trust Where a Cat Sits
by Irene A. Mosvold
Southword Editions, 2005.
ISBN: 978-1-905002-18-1
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These poems speak with an honesty and straightforwardness, impossible to doubt. If the Wife of Bath had a descendant living in the New World, she could have written these. Of the body and the bawdy, these sixteen short pieces entertain by sly syllables, quick phrases, stunning twists. This is a prize-winning chapbook as refreshing and unabashed as a Sheela-na-gig. -Ron Houchin

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New Eyes on the Great BookNew Eyes on the Great Book
Southword Editions
48 pages
Price: €12, free p&p worldwide

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New Eyes on the Great Book by Divers Hands includes exciting new work by twenty-six Cork poets commissioned to respond to the Great Book of Ireland. All twenty-six poets are themselves not included in the Great Book, either due to age, publishing history or anomaly. Among the contributors are Leanne O’Sullivan,  Matthew Sweeney,  James Harpur, Doireann Ní Ghríofa,  Graham Allen, Mary Nooan and many others. The poets were selected by Graham Allen and Patrick Cotter. Graham Allen has also contributed a lively and informative introduction. The book is published by Southword Editions and is a joint initiative of the School of English University College Cork and The Munster Literature Centre. The project was wholly funded under the DUETS scheme. DUETS is funded by University College Cork’s Strategic Research Fund and the Information Services Strategic Fund.

 

   

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FELLOWSHIPS / BURSARIES

beasley

2019 John Montague Fellow
Sandra Beasley

 

davies
2018 Fellow Carys Davies

2019 Frank O'Connor
Short Story Fellowship
applications now open

Deadline: 31st Jan 2019

 

FESTIVALS

fest

The Cork International
Poetry Festival

March 19 - 23, 2019

 

CISSF

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

 

COMPETITIONS

GOD

The Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Results February 2019

 

SFC

The Southword Fiction
Chapbook Competition

Results January 2019

 

how to pass

The Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story Competition

2018 winner How to Pass
by Louise Crimmins
will be in Southword 36

 

FFP

The Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition

2018 winners
1st: Katie Hale
2nd: Regina Melveny

 

 

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OTHER LINKS

Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Michelle O'Sullivan
Paddy Bushe
Doireann Ní Gríofa
Paul Casey

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 
 
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