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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 (18, 29 November)

—Ó Bhéal (9th Winter Warmer Festival of Poetry, 26th-28th November)

—Debarra's Spoken Word (1 December)

—Fiction at the Friary (28 November)

 

2021 Events (One-off shows)

 

 

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Weekly Zoom poetry gathering every Thursday

18th November, 7.45 p.m.
Alicia Ostriker

29th November, 7.45 p.m.
Peggy McCarthy

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

HYBRID: Second Monday of every month from 8pm in the Hayloft (Upstairs in the Long Valley Pub, Winthrop Street) as well as online via Zoom

8.00pm: Poetry-Films (from Ó Bhéal’s Poetry-Film comp archives – NOT STREAMED)
8.30pm: Five Word Challenge (max 30 – after the allotted 15 minutes writing time)
9.30pm: Featured Guest Poets (60 mins)
10:20pm: Open-Mic Session for original poetry (max 30)

 

26th-28th November, 8.15 p.m.
Winter Warmer Festival

Ó Bhéal’s 9th Winter Warmer (and 1st hybrid) festival presents 30 poets live from eight countries. Almost half of these featured guests will appear in-person at Nano Nagle Place, with others appearing virtually. All events will be free to access on our Festival Stage and via our usual social media channels. In-person audiences for all events will be limited to 60 and will run on a first-come first-serve basis. The festival will host two poetry workshops, music from Nóirín Ní Riain (in-person), a filmed poetry play, a round table discussion centered on Nurturing Poetry with event organisers and poets from three port cities, a Many Tongues of Cork / An Earth Song session and a closed-mic set for poets who have featured regularly in Ó Bhéal’s online open-mic sessions during 2021. The shortlist and prize-giving for Ó Bhéal’s International Poetry-Film Competition will be screened and simulcast, as will an additional, special selection of poetry-films made in Ireland.

 

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

1st December, 8.30 p.m.
Lauren O'Donovan

Lauren O'Donovan, from Cork, is not just an excellent poet and writer but also a Renaissance woman who can turn her hand to many things - and make a good job of it. The ideas she comes up with work out exceptionally well. First poetry video she ever created? it won an OsBar straight away (on October 6 at Colm Scully's second Poetry Film Workshop). Overall, Lauren is great at finding formats that are slightly 'out of the box' and that land elegantly on their feet. During her December 1 session she will not just read her poetry but also an exercise in flash fiction. As she told The West Cork People: "It's really brief fiction. Anywhere between 200 and 1,000 words. Super-short stories in a kind of sweet spot between poetry and prose. Pretty cool if you are trying to push yourself somewhat out of your comfort zone. There are loads of competitions and places you can submit to. Flash fiction is definitely hot. There is a quick flash fiction technique that I am going to share. It's a little bit of a trick." The session starts at 8:30pm and is followed by the open mic. Interview with Lauren on YouTube.

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

28th November, 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>

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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>

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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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2021 Competitions

Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30st November

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Fees-free Poetry Workshop

Application Deadline 15 Dec

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2021 Publications

Liz Houchin

New Irish Voices no. 6

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Aneas 2

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Includes O'Faoláin Prize stories
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Felicity Sheehy

Fool for Poetry Winner

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Vicky Morris

Fool for Poetry Winner

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Queer Love

Fiction anthology

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2021 Competitions

Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry Competition

Deadline: 30st November

god2021sidebar

 

 

Fees-free Poetry Workshop

Application Deadline 15 Dec

feesfreesidebar

 

 

2021 Publications

Liz Houchin

New Irish Voices no. 6

houchinsidebar

 

 

Southword 41

November 2021

sw41sidebar

 

 

Aneas 2

November 2021

aneas2sidebar

 

 

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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