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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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The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation, Irish Registered Charity No.12374. The Munster Literature Centre commits to comply with the charity SORP, the Code of Governance, and with the Principles of Good Fundraising.

 

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Munster Literature Centre Staff

Board of Management

Articles and Memorandum of Association

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About

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.

 

Our Staff

The Munster Literature Centre has two core staff members, and the occasional assistance of an intern.
Last year no employees earned a salary of more than €50,000 per annum.

 

Artistic Director
Patrick Cotter
director@munsterlit.ie

Born Cork, 1963. Writer and publisher. Educated at UCC, he has published several chapbooks of his poems including The Misogynist’s Blue Nightmare (Raven Arts Press), A Socialist’s Dozen (Three Spires Press), and The True Story of Aoife and Lir’s Children & other poems (Three Spires Press). His first collection, Perplexed Skin, was published by Arlen Press in 2008. His second collection, Making Music, was published in early 2009 by Three Spires Press. His translations of the Estonian poet Andres Ehin are collected in the book Moosebeetle Swallow (Southword Editions). His play Beauty and the Stalker was produced at the Granary Theatre, Cork in 2000. In 1984 he was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. Cotter was runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh award in 1988 and won the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry in 2013. He is currently the Director of the Munster Literature Centre.

 

Administrator
James O'Leary
administrator@munsterlit.ie

James O’Leary is a poet and reviewer from Cork. His debut chapbook There are Monsters in this House (Southword Editions) came out this year. He was selected for The Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2017 and received the Poetry Ireland and Cuirt bursary in 2016. He has written and directed several short plays and his poetry-films have screened at festivals in Ireland, Scotland, and Canada.

 

Our Board of Management

 

Chairperson
Michael Hannigan
Michael Hannigan appointed to board November 2015 and to Acting Chairperson July 2018

Michael Hannigan is currently Co-Director of the IndieCork Film Festival. He has been a member of the Irish Film Board, the Board of the Irish Film Institute, Chair of the Federation of Irish Film Societies. He sits on the board of the International Short Film Conference. He established the Kino Arthouse Cinema in 1996. His Commons Press published Gerry Murphy’s first collection, A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards, in 1986.

 

Recording Secretary
Edward Fahy
Edward Fahy appointed Recording Secretary April 2013

Edward Fahy has worked in the National Library of Ireland and University College Cork, and also as a consultant in the development of library and information services. He has been involved in developing a number of community activities in social services and the arts.

 

Other Members

Marc O'Sullivan
Marc O'Sullivan appointed November 2015

Marc O'Sullivan Vallig is a freelance writer and curator, and serves as Artistic Director of Beara Arts Festival. He worked as Arts Editor of the Irish Examiner from 2008 to 2014. Recent curatorial projects include Terry O'Neill at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery in 2013 and Seán Scully: Figure Abstract at Crawford Art Gallery in 2015.

 

Lee Jenkins
Lee Jenkins appointed September 2017

Lee Margaret Jenkins is from Edinburgh and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (BA, PhD). She has taught at University College Cork since 1994, and is Professor of English and  Head of the School of English, Creative Writing and Digital Humanities. A specialist in modernism, modern poetry and American Literature, her publications include Wallace Stevens: Rage for Order (1999), The Language of Caribbean Poetry (2004) and The American Lawrence (2015). She is the co-editor of three Cambridge University Press collections, Locations of Literary Modernism (2000), The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry (2007) and A History of Modernist Poetry (2015).

 

Tina O'Toole
Tina O'Toole appointed 2018

Dr Tina O’Toole is a literary scholar with research expertise in Irish writing (primarily in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture), the history of sexualities, and migrant and transnational literatures. In 2016, she won the University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award. Her books include The Irish New Woman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922 (UCD Press, 2016; co-edited with Gillian McIntosh & Muireann O’Cinnéide); and Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives (Carysfort Press, 2008; co-edited with Patricia Coughlan). She has also edited journal issues, including a special issue of Éire-Ireland: Journal of Irish Studies (2012; co-edited with Piaras Mac Éinrí) on “New Approaches to Irish Migration”. Current research projects extend her scholarly interest in Irish women's writing, and in the representation of sexualities in Irish culture.

 

Dan Boyle
Dan Boyle appointed 2018

Dan Boyle is a former Green Party TD and Senator. He is an experienced practitioner in community development, voluntary organisations, and public affairs, with over 30 years experience in community and voluntary work and 20 years experience in elected public office. He is also a lifelong environmental activist, regular media contributor and public speaker, author of books on political history, and writer of regular opinion pieces.

 

Paidrigin O'Donoghue
Paidrigin O'Donoghue appointed 2018

 

Elizabeth O'Connell
Elizabeth O'Connell appointed 2018

 

Cethan Leahy
Cethan Leahy appointed 2018

Cethan Leahy is a writer, filmmaker, and editor of Irish literary magazine 'The Penny Dreadful'. His short stories are published in 'The Looking Glass,' 'Wordlegs' and 'Five Dials' and he has written two Fiction Express eBooks for Middle Grade, 'The Chosen One (and his mum and his dad and his sister)' and 'Prince Charming and his Quest for a Wife'. Cethan's animation short 'The Beast of Bath' was broadcast on national television. His short film 'The Amazing' appeared in Cork film anthology 'Cork, Like' in 2013. His radio programmes, including children's drama 'Tales from the Fairy Fort', have appeared on national radio. He has also contributed illustration work to Cork comics press Turncoat Press.

 

   

PUBLICATIONS

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Subscribe to Southword

 

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Southword Editions
Chapbooks

 

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

 

 

VIDEO

Youtube channel


 

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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The Munster Literature Centre
   

Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland.

Tel. (353) 021 4312955, Email: munsterlit(AT)eircom(DOT)net

   
Irish Registered Charity No.12374