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Cork Events

Disclaimer: The Munster Literature Centre lists the events below as a courtesy. We are not responsible for the professionalism of the groups involved, or the veracity of the information they provide us - we provide it here as an act of good faith. This may not be a comprehensive list and is updated on an ongoing basis. Should you wish to be included on this page please email the administrator.

 

Upcoming online events

—Lime Square Poets (19, 26 August)

—Ó Bhéal (13 September)

—Debarra's Spoken Word (8 September)

—Fiction at the Friary (29 August)

 

2021 Events (One-off shows)

 

 

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Weekly Zoom poetry gathering every Thursday

19th August, 7.45 p.m.
Hannah Gamble

26th August, 7.45 p.m.
Bernie Crawford

Lime Square Poets is a weekly Zoom poetry gathering hosted in Ireland. We extend a warm welcome to all poets and poetry enthusiasts. We aim to foster connections between poets throughout the world, communing and celebrating our work together. From April, every Thursday begins at 8pm with a reading by a guest poet followed by an open mic. For further information on how to participate, please see Frequently Asked Questions in the Announcements section of the group.

More information on their Facebook Group.

 

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Ó Bhéal

NOW ONLINE – usually second Monday of every month at 9pm in the Hayloft (Upstairs in the Long Valley Pub, Winthrop Street). Poetry-films from 8pm, Five Word Challenge 9.30pm, Guest Poet 10pm, Open-Mic 11pm

13th September, 8.15 p.m.
Colette Nic Aodha and Colm Breathnach

Tá cónaí ar an bhfile aitheanta Colette Nic Aodha i gContae na Gaillimhe. Tá a cuid filíochta ar shiollabas na mbunscoileanna, meánscoileanna agus coláistí. Tá filíocht, prós agus beathaisnéis foilsithe aici, idir bhéarla agus Gaeilge. Tá leabhar nuafhoilsithe aici, Réabhlóideach, ó Choiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath. Tá sí i mbun dochtúireachta faoi láthair i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Gaillimh.

Colette Nic Aodha has fifteen publications which include a volume of short stories, Ádh Mór, as well as an academic study of the blind poet Anthony Raftery. She has one volume of English poetry, Sundial, which was published by Arlen House Press, She also has two dual language collections of poetry by the same publisher; Between Curses: Bainne Géar and In Castlewood: An Ghaoth Aduaidh. Her work is on the syllabus in Primary, Secondary and Third Level colleges. Colette’s collected poetry (bilingual) is titled Bainne Géár: Sour Milk, available in hardback and softback, published by Arlen House. Colette is pursuing a PhD in the English department of NUI Galway; she has an MA in modern Irish and an MA in English. Her newly published collection of Irish language poetry and art is entitled Réabhlóideach is published by Coiscéim, Dublin.

Colm Breathnach, file agus úrscéalaí go bhfuil seacht gcinn de chnuasaigh filíochta móide dhá rogha dánta foilsithe aige chomh maith leis an úrscéal Con Trick “An Bhalla Bháin” (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2009). Ghnóthaigh sé an phríomhdhuais do chnuasach filíochta i gComórtais Liteartha an Oireachtais ceithre huaire agus sa bhliain 1999 bhronn an Foras Cultúrtha Gael-Mheiriceánach ‘Duais an Bhuitléirigh’ air. Chaith sé tréimhsí ina scríbhneoir cónaithe sa tSín agus sa tSlóivéin agus bhí sé ina scríbhneoir cónaithe i gColáiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach in 2015. Aistríodh dánta leis go hocht gcinn de theangacha. Is é Tírdhreacha (LeabhairCOMHAR, 2015), rogha théamúil dánta agus dánta nua, an cnuasach is déanaí uaidh.

Colm Breathnach, poet and novelist, has published seven collections of poetry along with two selected editions and the novel Con Trick “An Bhalla Bháin” (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2009). He has been awarded the principal poetry prize at Conradh na Gaeilge’s annual Oireachtas literary competitions four times and in 1999 the Irish American Cultural Institute presented him with the Butler Literary Award. He has had literary residencies in China and in Slovenia and in 2015 he was writer in residence in Saint Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. He has had poems translated into eight languages. His latest collection Tírdhreacha (LeabhairCOMHAR, 2015), contains new and selected poems

The event is to be hosted on Zoom and will be limited to 100 people. We will also live-stream this Zoom session on Ó Bhéal’s Facebook page. The link to join the session will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages, no later than 8.15pm on the Monday evening. The session is expected to run for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. The evening will feature three parts:

  1. Five Word Challenge (first 25 ready after the allotted 15 minutes writing time)
  2. Featured Guest Poets (20 mins each)
  3. Open-Mic Session for original poetry (30 max)

(Entering a Zoom meeting is all explained here – this link provides you with a step-by-step guide and YouTube tutorial if necessary. You should check this out if you’re unfamiliar with the Zoom platform – it also shows you where to download the Zoom client/app for your computer/phone. Please Make sure to know where the chat box is and how to mute yourself to reduce background sound.)

More information at Ó Bhéal's website

Check out Ó Bhéal's unique weekly poetry competition, the Five Word Challenge

 

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NOW ONLINE – usually monthly, 8.30pm in DeBarra's Bar, Clonakilty

8th September, 8.30 p.m.
Colm Scully

On Wednesday September 8 at 8:30 PM, DeBarra's Spoken Word will host the first of two POETRY FILM workshops on Zoom, facilitated by Colm Scully, a former chemical engineer. Colm has been writing poetry for as long as he can remember. Pure Cork, many of his poems are ingrained with the place as can be seen from his first collection, ‘What News, Centurions. What News of Cork?’ which was published by New Binary Press in 2014. He has been part of the Poetry Ireland Introductory Series and won The Cúirt New Writing Prize.

About eight years ago, Colm began making poetry films with his friend, Conor MacManus. Drawn by the chance to grow a poem through the use of image, he has now made over twenty of them, which have been shown at film festivals and literary festivals in the UK, USA, Ireland, France, India, Greece, and the Ukraine. His video, A prayer for Saint Anthony, (about his relationship with religion) won Best Smart Phone Production at the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival in Massachusetts in 2018. He was a judge at the 2019 Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition (now in its 9th year). His videos can be seen here https://vimeo.com/user29903251.

During the first workshop he will show examples and give very practical tips on 'How to make a poetry film' using simple means. The participants are then invited to create their 2-minute own film ahead of the second workshop, which will take place on Wednesday 6 October. Colm will generously be available for any technical advice during the intervening month.

The workshops are free. Both sessions will be followed by an Open Mic and yes, you can share your screen and show your own previously produced poetry video, should you wish to do so, during this part of the session.

A zoom link will be posted on our Facebook page just before the start of the session at 8:30 and sent to our mailing list (send an email to debarrasspokenword@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list).

DeBarra's Spoken Word at DeBarra's Folk Club, Clonakilty, is an evening of poetry or prose with guest readers, writing prompts and more.

More information on their Facebook page.

 

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NOW ONLINE – usually last Sunday of every month, 3pm - 6pm in the Friary Pub, Shandon Street

29th August, 3 p.m.
Guest Author TBA

Fiction at the Friary is a series of free monthly fiction events in Cork. We host readings by guest authors, followed by an optional writing exercise and finishing with an open mic session. We also hold a free raffle for books donated to us, as well as occasional book reviews and plenty of friendly conversation. And we always provide free jelly beans, hula hoops and marshmallows! Open mic readings are currently limited to ten minutes max per writer. All welcome. Please come along for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon! We would like to thank our sponsors Hogan Architects, JRAP O’Meara Solicitors, Cork City Council, The School of English at UCC, the Arts Council and The Friary Bar. We also thank all the fantastic guest authors we have hosted since January 2017, all of our wonderful open mic writers and, finally, our welcoming and receptive audiences.

More information on their Facebook page.

 

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Last Friday of every month at 8pm in the whiteRoom, Castletownbere

We host regular poetry evenings, open to all, on the last Friday of each month. Come and join us at whiteRoom in Castletownbere from 8pm for informal readings (your own poems or poems by other people), discussion, or just listening. Come and try it!

whiteRoom is a gallery just off The Square — from The Square, head towards the seafront with Beara Action Group on your left, and whiteRoom is a few yards along on your right.

For more information email hungryhillwriting@gmail.com

 

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2021 EVENTS

A Ghost In the Throat

Presented by The Everyman in association with Cork Midsummer Festival

Sunday 27th June
The Everyman Theatre (online)
Tickets: €20 / €15 concession <book here>

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Drawing on the award-winning book A Ghost in the Throat, Doireann Ní Ghríofa presents a live reading with accompanying visuals by filmmaker Tadhg O'Sullivan and a soundscape by composer Linda Buckley. The reading will be broadcast from The Everyman stage.

 

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To the Lighthouse

Presented by Hatch Theatre Company and The Everyman in association with Pavilion Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th June, on demand
The Everyman Theatre (online)
Tickets: €27.50 | €32.50 <book here>

tothelighthouse2021

This masterpiece of modernism is brought vividly to dramatic life by Ireland’s foremost playwright Marina Carr in a world premiere from award-winning director Annabelle Comyn. Woolf’s text is written in a form where thoughts and emotions are foregrounded. Marina Carr’s adaptation captures the constant flux of the characters’ inner thoughts and re-imagines them in a theatrical landscape.

 

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Art

Presented by The Everyman and Islander

Thursday 20th May, 8.00pm
Live Audio Stream
Tickets: €12 | €16 <book here>

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Written by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton

TICKETS: €12 | €16
Book here:
everymancork.com

This rehearsed reading of Art, by Yasmina Reza, is part of Play It by Ear, a programme of shows for The Everyman stage available via live audio stream. Three friends quarrel over a work of modern art – in effect, a blank canvas – exposing just how fragile friendship can be.

 

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Boland: Journey of a Poet

Presented by Druid

THU 22 – SAT 24 APR, live video stream
TUE 27 APR – SUN 2 MAY, on demand stream
The Everyman Theatre (online)
Tickets: €20 <book here>

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Book here: everymancork.com

'If there was a narrative to my life in those years, then let this be the sound of it.'
Eavan Boland

With words by Eavan Boland, edited by Colm Tóibín, directed by Garry Hynes and presented by Druid, Boland: Journey of a Poet is a new theatrical production exploring the mind and imagination of one of Ireland's great poets. This world premiere production examines Boland's relationships with family, poetry, memory, womanhood and national identity.

 

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A Skull in Connemara
by Martin McDonagh

Live Audio Stream

Saturday 10th April, 8.00pm
The Everyman Theatre (online)
Tickets: €12 | €16 <book here>

mcdonaghstream

Directed by Gavin McEntee
Starring Fionula Linehan, Dominic McHale, Gary Murphy, Damian Punch

TICKETS: €27 | Conc. €25 | Students €9
Book here:
everymancork.com

Join us for the stark, darkly funny tale of A Skull in Connemara, the second of the debut trilogy of plays, the Leenane Trilogy, written by Martin McDonagh.

Mick Dowd, the grave digger, is on a secret task making space in the local graveyard. The thing is, one of the bodies to be disinterred is his wife’s, and there’s more than old bones to be uncovered…

 

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2021 Competitions

Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30st November

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Cork International
Short Story Festival

October 12 - 16

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2021 Publications

Southword 40

Includes O'Faoláin Prize stories
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Felicity Sheehy

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Vicky Morris

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2021 Competitions

Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30st November

god2021sidebar

 

 

Cork International
Short Story Festival

October 12 - 16

cissf21sidebar

 

 

2021 Publications

Southword 40

Includes O'Faoláin Prize stories
& O'Donoghue Prize poems

sw40sidebar

 

 

Felicity Sheehy

Fool for Poetry Winner

sheehysidebar

 

 

Vicky Morris

Fool for Poetry Winner

morrissidebar

 

 

Queer Love

Fiction anthology

queerlovesidebar

 

 

YouTube Videos

Poetry-Films

poetryfilms_playlist

 

 

O'Faoláin Short Story
Prize Reading Playlist

sofyt

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Prize Reading Playlist

godyt

 

 

How to Write Titles

titles

 

 

Workshops

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Cork Events

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Essays & Blogs

essaysblogs

 

 

Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member of

wordsirl

 

 

 

   
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