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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

—Fiction at the Friary (25th April)

—Lime Square Poets (8th April)

—Ó Bhéal (12th April)

—Debarra's Spoken Word (21st April)

 

2021 Events (One-off shows)

 

 

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

25th April, 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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Weekly Zoom poetry gathering every Thursday

8th April, 7.45 p.m.
Emma Black

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

12th April, 8.15 p.m.

Ó Bhéal’s 14th Anniversary
presents the Five Words competition winners:

Sinéad McClure (1st)
Jill Munro (2nd)
Laura Theis (3rd)

Ó Bhéal’s 14th Anniversary event celebrates the launch of Five Words Volume XIV and the winners of our 8th Five Words International Poetry competition. We will also have a reading of lockdown/pandemic poems from the competition specially selected by judge Grace Wells. Other shortlisted poets will also read on the night – as will contributors to Ó Bhéal’s Monday night Five Word Challenges held over the previous 12 months. The anniversary open-mic is reserved for poems written by other poets, so bring a favourite or two!

Sinéad McClure is a writer, radio producer, and illustrator. Her poetry has been published in Poethead, Live Encounters ~ Poetry & Writing, Crossways Literary Journal, The Cabinet of Heed, Dodging the Rain, StepAway Magazine and The Ekphrastic Review. Sinéad has also written 15 dramas for the National Radio Children’s Service, RTEjr Radio on the themes of conservation and Ireland’s natural heritage. She often revisits these theme in her work and has a particular interest in wildlife conservation. In December, 2020 Sinéad received a Professional Development Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to fund mentoring and research towards building her first poetry collection. Sinéad live in rural County Sligo, with her husband and their two border collies.

Jill Munro has been published in major poetry magazines including The Frogmore Press, Popshot Quarterly, The Fenland Reed and The Rialto and her work has also been anthologised by The Emma Press, Candlestick Press, Paper Swans Press & Calder Valley Press. Jill won the Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry competition 2017/18. Jill’s first collection Man from La Paz was published in 2015 by Green Bottle Press. She won the Fair Acre Press Pamphlet Competition 2015 with ‘The Quilted Multiverse’, published April 2016. Jill was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship for 2018. She lives and writes in the depths of Ashdown Forest.

Laura Theis grew up in Germany, moved to the UK a decade ago, and writes poems, stories and songs in her second language. She has an MSt (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Oxford University. Her debut poetry collection how to extricate yourself (Dempsey&Windle, 2020) was selected as the winner of the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize by the Poetry Society’s Paul McGrane. Her work has been widely anthologised, appears in a variety of literary journals from Strange Horizons to Mslexia, and has been published in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Canada and the U.S. An AM Heath Prize recipient, she has also won the Hammond House International Literary Award for Poetry and the 2020 Mogford Short Story Prize. She was highly commended for the 2020 Acumen Poetry Prize and the 2020 Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, as well as a finalist in over twenty other international literary competitions.

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

21st April, 8.30 p.m.
The Disposable Stories

An illustrated reading of the ‘The Disposable Stories’, a new multimedia literary magazine created by Emily Titsworth. The 10 readers – including DeBarra’s very own Lauren Cavanagh – are all students on the Creative Writing MA programme at UCC (Cork). Each participant used a photograph taken with a disposable camera as an ekphrastic prompt that inspired a poem or prose. That is to say, they responded to the picture (handed out at random) any way they wanted. Featuring Cathy Ryan, Rosa Makela, Kornelia Mlak, Mahito Indi Henderson, Daniel Galvin, Margaret Gillies, Lauren Cavanagh, E.G. Titsworth, Peggy McCarthy, Róisín Leggett Bohan.

On the night, visitors can take part in a brief ekphrastic writing exercise and – if they wish – read the fruits of their labour at the Open Mic, which is also open to anyone who wants to read work. A visual event with lots of words! Facilitated by Emily Titsworth, Lauren Cavanagh, Margaret O'Regan, Stan Notte, Moze Jacobs. To find out more click here.

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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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

 

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>

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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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2020 ARCHIVE

 

WATT by Samuel Beckett

March 10th - 12th, 8.00pm
The Everyman Theatre, Cork

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Barry McGovern in WATT By Samuel Beckett

Directed by Tom Creed
Adapted and performed by Barry McGovern

TICKETS: €27 | Conc. €25 | Students €9
Book here:
https://www.everymancork.com/2020/03/watt/
Group Bookings: 021 450 1780 | groups@everymancork.com

POST-SHOW TALK: TUE 10 MAR with Barry McGovern and Tom Creed, chaired by The Everyman Artistic director Julie Kelleher.

A wide-eyed stranger alights from a country train. The destination: Mr Knott’s house. The mission: to serve. Samuel Beckett’s wit and wisdom combine in the story of a nomadic manservant in the house of his unseen master. Written as a novel while Beckett waited in the south of France for the Second World War to end, Watt comes to the stage in a one-man production of sparkling humour and heart-stirring poignancy. This is a rare opportunity to see the master’s work performed by one of the greatest Beckett interpreters in the world.

 

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Reading with Billy O'Callaghan & Alison Driscoll

February 28th, 5.00pm
Waterstones, Cork

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To celebrate the publication of his new collection of short stories "The Boatman and Other Stories" and the selection of his novel "My Coney Island Baby" as Waterstones Irish Book of the Month for February, Costa listed Cork author Billy O'Callaghan will join our own Alison Driscoll for a reading and conversation on Friday February 28th. Alison is a graduate of UCC's creative writing progamme and both she and Billy will read before discussing Billy's work. The Boatman - A breathtaking short story collection from the Costa-shortlisted writer. In these twelve quietly dazzling, carefully crafted stories, Billy O'Callaghan explores the resilience of the human heart and its ability to keep beating even in the wake of grief, trauma and lost love. Spanning a century and two continents - from the muddy fields of Ireland to a hotel room in Paris, a dingy bar in Segovia to an aeroplane bound for Taipei - The Boatman follows an unforgettable cast of characters.

 

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The next event in UCC’s Department of English Reading Series event is a poetry special, showcasing three writers, Paula Bohince, Martin Veiga and Billy Ramsell, who have strong connections with UCC, but whose work is international in its reach.

The reading takes place at the Creative Zone, Boole Library, UCC @ 6.30pm, Monday, February 24. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Paula Bohince is UCC’s International John Montague Fellow in Poetry for 2020. From Pennsylvania, she is the author of three poetry collections, all from Sarabande: Swallows and Waves (2016), The Children (2012), and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods (2008). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Granta, POETRY, The TLS, The Irish Times, Australian Book Review among others. Among her awards are the Grolier Poetry Prize and the George Bogin Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Martin Veiga is a Cork-based Galician poet who lectures in Hispanic studies at UCC and is the director of the Irish Centre of Galician Studies. He is the author of five poetry collections in Galician, entitled Tempo van de porcelana (1990), As últimas ruínas (1994, Espiral Maior Poetry Prize), Ollos de ámbar (2005, Esquío Poetry Prize), Fundaxes (2006, Fiz Vergara Vilariño Poetry Prize) and Diario de Crosses Green (2016). His poems have been widely published and translated into English.

Poet, translator and publisher Billy Ramsell is an alumnus of UCC, and the author of two poetry collections, Complicated Pleasures (Dedalus, 2007) and The Architects Dream of Winter (2013). He was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2013 and his work has been shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Poetry Award and the Hennessy Award. He lives in Cork, where he co-runs an educational publishing company. His translations from the Irish language have appeared in Poetry, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Fusion, Transcript, The Penny Dreadful and Poetry International, and in Leabhar na hAthgabhála / Poems of Repossession from Bloodaxe Books.

 

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dervishmemoir

Writer and musician Ruth O'Shea will be giving a one-hour talk on childhood memoir on Saturday 15th February at 1pm in Dervish Bookshop and Holistic Centre, Cornmarket Street, Cork. She will go through her own creative process, read out stories and share tips on how to get started.

Ruth O'Shea is a  folk singer, musician, writer and filmmaker from County Meath, Ireland. She is a recent winner in the annual Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition which lead to her collection of childhood memoir stories, Glue, being published as part of the Fish Publishing Anthology 2018. She has been awarded literary bursaries by The Word Factory London and Stockton University in 2018.

 

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Thursday February 6th, 7pm
Waterstones

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The publication of a new poetry collection by Gerry Murphy is always an occasion to look forward to so please put February 6th into your diary and join Waterstones and Dedalus Press as we proudly launch his new work The Humours Of Nothingness.

"From the opening poem in which he recognises himself as "raving blessedly/ between truth and delusion" to the closing poem's return to " something new and strange/ yourself again", Cork's uncrowned poet laureate explores, confronts, ventriloquises, indulges and, at evey possible opportunity, undermines the very notion of the self engaged in a writing life - even as he takes on the duties of that calling with total commitment."

Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poetry collections include A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards (1985, 1992) and six previous collections from Dedalus, the most recent of which was Muse (2015). He is a member of Aosdána.

He has also published two chapbooks with Southword Editions, My Life as a Stalinist and Kissing Maura O'Keeffe available to buy through our online bookstore.

 

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Tuesday January 28th, 6.30pm
West Wing 5, UCC

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The distinguished Irish writer Colum McCann will read at UCC in the first event of the Department of English’s 2020 Reading Series. McCann, who was born in Dublin, is the author of seven novels, including Transatlantic and Let the Great World Spin, and three collections of stories. His international honours include a National Book Award, the International Dublin Literary Award (formerly IMPAC) and a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government. He is a member of Aosdána and the American Academy of Arts. His fiction has been published in over 40 languages. He lives in New York and teaches on the MFA programme in Hunter College, New York. His new novel, Apeirogon, will be published in February. The reading takes place on Tuesday, January 28, West Wing 5 @6.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

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Festival

Cork International
Poetry Festival

10th – 15th May

cipf21sidebar

 

 

New 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

 

 

Open for Submission

Aneas: Uimhir 2

Deadline: 1st May

aneas2sidebar

 

 

Call for New Poems
by Cork School Children

Deadline: 10th May

crinniu21sidebar

 

 

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

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Munster Literature Centre
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