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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 (22, 29 July)

—Ó Bhéal (12 July)

—Debarra's Spoken Word (14 July)

—Fiction at the Friary (25 July)

 

2021 Events (One-off shows)

 

 

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Weekly Zoom poetry gathering every Thursday

8th July, 7.45 p.m.
Cathy Ryan

15th July, 7.45 p.m.
Sadhbh Goodwin

22nd July, 7.45 p.m.
Matt Kirkam

29th July, 7.45 p.m.
Majella Haugh

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 July, 8.15 p.m.
Bebe Ashley and Tom Moore

Bebe Ashley lives in Belfast. She is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry where she is working on a collection of poetry that charts her progress towards qualifying as a British Sign Language interpreter. When procrastinating from her PhD, Bebe takes British Sign Language and Braille classes and writes pop culture articles for United by Pop, specialising in Harry Styles. Her work can be found in Prototype’s Intertitles, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, Poetry Jukebox and The Tangerine. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Light Shining, was published by Banshee Press in October 2020. Bebe has just been shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Experiment.

Tom Moore is from Cork and is an academic and scientist at UCC, where he directs the BSc Genetics degree program. His research interests include the genetics of autism and the biology of maternal-fetal interactions. His poetry has appeared in The Irish Examiner, The Moth, Southword and The Well Review. He won first prize in The Moth International Poetry Prize in 2012. Tom’s début poetry pamphlet Brother Adam was published by Well Review Editions in 2020.

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

14th July, 8.30 p.m.
Massimo Elijah

The next DeBarra's Spoken Word event takes place (again, on zoom) on July 14th. This time, our guest speaker is the wonderful Massimo Elijah from Philadelphia (USA). He is an outstanding performer who has graced quite a few of our sessions in an inimitable way. Sometimes his preparation is meticulous but has also been known to come up with amazing (and moving) rhymes within the space of 10 minutes. Very inspirational.

"Where do you think inspiration comes from?"
"I count myself lucky as I have a very strict form that I stick to. I don't use proper nouns like names, places. There is a certain level of negativity that I don't engage with. And no divisions based on race or gender or location. So I already have a pathway that I can channel my creative energy into. It's harder to be inspired when you can pick anything. What do you want to talk about? There are a billion things … Life, death, springtime, love … But when you narrow it down, the inspiration flows so much easier. For you're not swamped with options." (July edition of West Cork People).

Interview with Massimo Elijah

Culture Night 2020 ft Massimo Elijah, Rae McKinlay, Emilie Lauren Jones

You're very welcome at our 14 July session that will of course include an open mic. A zoom link will be sent to this mailing list on the day itself and posted on the event on our Facebook page, enjoy summer or whatever season you're in!

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

25th July, 3 p.m.
Guest Author TBA

On Sunday 27th June at 3pm we'll be posting an interview with this month's featured author Jamie O’Connell who'll be reading from his brilliant debut novel Diving for Pearls and chatting to Madeleine D'Arcy and Danielle McLaughlin.

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>

arteveryman

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

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2021 Publications

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2021 Competitions

Sean O'Faoláin
Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31st July

sof2021sidebar

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 31st August

ffp2021sidebar

 

 

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

workshopssidebar

 

 

Cork Events

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Essays & Blogs

essaysblogs

 

 

Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member of

wordsirl

 

 

 

   
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