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Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2020
Submissions accepted until December 16th

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This award, sponsored by the renowned Farmgate Café in the English Market, Cork is a cash prize of €2000 for the best poetry collection published in English by a poet resident in Ireland during the previous calendar year (2019).

Submission details here

 

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New Opportunities on Submittable

Poems now being considered for Southword 39

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Six reading slots available for the Prebooked Poetry Introductions reading (March 27th 2020) as part of the Cork International Poetry Festival

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Applications open to Cork poets to be mentored by our John Montague Poetry Fellow, Paula Bohince

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Announcing the winners of the 2019
Fool For Poetry Chapbook competition

1st Prize: Parturition by Heather Treseler
(Massachusetts, USA)

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2nd Prize: Satyress by Audrey Molloy
(Sydney, Australia)

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Both chapbooks will be launched at the 2020 Cork International Poetry Festival (March 24th - March 28th) and the winners will receive cash prizes and accommodation with full board for three nights at the festival.

Finalists

(listed alphabetically by author surname)
Father of Invention by Partridge Boswell (New York, USA)
Milk Island by Partridge Boswell (New York, USA)
Pilgrim by Caroline Bracken (Dublin, Ireland)
Hero Hallucination by Joanne Dominique Dwyer (New Mexico, USA)
Songs For a Patriarch by Jenny Mitchell (London, England)
Satyress by Audrey Molloy (New South Wales, Australia)
V by Sarah Kathryn Moore (Washington, USA)
Even Townies Dream by Melanie Power (Montreal, Canada)
Parturition by Heather Treseler (Massachusetts, USA)
Late Songs & Psalms by Mark Wagenaar (Indiana, USA)

Click here for more details about the winners and the list of commended chapbooks

 


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Writer Development Talks
Presented by the Munster Literature Centre
Cork City Library, November 2019

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Saturday November 9th, 2pm
Cork City Library - Free Talk

"You're on Earth. There's no cure for that":
A short talk on creativity, destruction
and transformation in literary fiction

nov9The human brain is the site of creativity and destruction; of error and perfection and everything in between. It’s indivisible from our bodies: the brain is the body’s welcome mat and the door in the face. In this exploratory talk, Sarah Byrne, author and founding editor of The Well Review, will discuss creativity, destruction and transformation using examples from writers that have been key to her own writing and personal development such as Samuel Beckett, Rita Charon & David Foster Wallace. She will speak about the delights and terrors of writing both with and against a brain. To write with and against ourselves is not only the terrain of the writer's life, it's emblematic of the human condition. While there may not be a cure as Beckett claims, there's transformative potential in story that can help us learn how to live in harmony with this conflict. Fiction can help us to think and act more creatively about how we carry ourselves and each other in the world.

 

Saturday November 16th, 2pm
Cork City Library - Free Talk

The Well Review Literary Journal:
A short talk on innovation
in literary journal publishing

nov16Sarah Byrne studied words and Christian Carley studied images. In 2016, they founded a poetry and visual arts journal called The Well Review. The journal was named after the historic and complex Cork neighbourhood that has simultaneously hosted the most central and marginalised communities in Cork's history. Together, Sarah and Christian will present the strange and exciting story of the journal and discuss the importance of innovation, collaboration and error. The Well Review is a print journal that prioritises creativity, aesthetics and original thought, and publishes writers, artists and thinkers from Ireland and abroad. The Well Review has published four publications to date. The Well Review has worked on events and projects with the following organisations: Munster Literature Centre, Farmgate Café, West Cork Literary Festival, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, UCC Library, Poetry Ireland, Cork County Council, UNESCO Dublin and many others. The journal has received funding from The Arts Council since 2018 and has published some of the leading voices in international poetry and art, alongside Irish writers and visual artists.

Sarah Byrne is a writer and poetry editor currently based in Cork. She worked for nearly a decade as an advocate, researcher and mediator in mental health and criminal justice settings. She is co-founder of The Well Review. Her work has been published in The New Statesman, The Irish Times and elsewhere. Her current research is on the relationship between narrative psychiatry and literary fiction. She is working on a collection of short stories called You Have Been Here Some Time. She teaches freelance with The Poetry School and The Oxford School of Poetry.

Christian Carley is a graphic artist, designer and musician. He studied at the Crawford College of Art and Design and the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is co-founder of The Well Review. He has worked in graphic design for fifteen years, and has a particular interest in graphic novels, the intersection of music and art, and glitch art in 1980s/1990s computer technology. He teaches IT and graphic design on a freelance basis.

 

Saturday November 23rd, 2pm
Cork City Library - Free Talk

Publish Your Book Yourself
Without Losing Your Shirt

nov23To publish a book is to launch a small business. People understand that the aim of most businesses is to make a profit, but to do that you must first avoid a loss. Thanks to new technologies and new service providers the cost of publishing a book can be thousands of euro cheaper than it would have cost twenty years ago. If you are thinking of publishing a book yourself, come to this talk, to hear about all you need to know about production costs, the marketplace and how not to lose lots of money in the process. Presented by Patrick Cotter who has guided the production of over forty publications in the past thirty years.

 

Saturday November 30th, 1.30pm
Cork City Library - Free Talk

So You Want a Career as a Poet

nov30How do you forge a ‘career’ as a poet? Should you even be thinking in terms of a ‘career’ and what can you expect from a ‘career’ as a poet? Prize-winning poet Patrick Cotter will share with you his insights into the business of poetry from the viewpoint of a poet, editor, publisher and event curator with over thirty years of experience. patrickcotter.ie

 

 

 

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New Chapbooks released autumn 2019

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It's Not Me, It's You by Brian Kirk
Price: €7 (within Republic of Ireland)
€9 (shipped internationally)

“It almost seemed wrong to tear the paper, but when Helen finally lifted the lid Robert saw over her shoulder an explosion of bright and dark colours, and for a moment he forgot what he had given her. It appeared to be a box of coloured lights. Then he watched her hand disappear inside and he remembered how it would feel cool and smooth like cream.”

 

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A Middle Eastern No by Jill Widner
Price: €7 (within Republic of Ireland)
€9 (shipped internationally)

“Yalda liked to talk to me about her life in Shiraz before she moved to California. But only in the dark. Maybe her memory was clearer in the dark. Whatever it was, she told me things in the dark that she wouldn’t have ordinarily revealed about herself. I don’t think she realized that it gave me a kind of advantage.”

 

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Kissing Maura O'Keeffe by Gerry Murphy
Price: €6 (within Republic of Ireland)
€8 (shipped internationally)

Kissing Maura O’Keefe, his second chapbook with Southword Editions, is a selection of old and new love poems by Cork poet Gerry Murphy. Murphy has published eight collections of poetry, noted for their political and erotic charge as well as their irreverent humour.

 

 

 

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Announcing the 2019 Seán O'Faolain Short Story Prize Winners

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1st Prize:
Come Closer by Mike Allen
(Norfolk, England)

Mike Allen was born in London. He graduated with a BA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2010 and from the University of East Anglia with an MFA in Prose Fiction in 2017. In 2019, he was awarded an Escalator prize by the UK National Centre for Writing. He is working on his first collection of short stories.

Mike will read his winning story on Sepember 28th as part of the Cork International Short Story Festival - tickets available here.

 

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2nd Prize:
The Rules by Peter Hughes
(Monaghan, Ireland)

Born in 1962, Peter Hughes is a journalist and writer from Monaghan Town. He works as an editor and journalist for the Co Monaghan weekly provincial newspaper The Northern Standard. He was previously shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award for his poem ‘Mousewoods’.

 

Shortlisted

Chamomile by Cristina Ioana Aramă (Bucharest, Romania)
Can you feel it? by Shelley Hastings (London, England)
I Knew You Then by Kelly Kirwan (New York, USA)
The Basket and the Flask by Jean Roarty (Dublin, Ireland)

 

These six stories will be published in issue 38 of Southword.

 

Highly Commended

Billy O'Callaghan, the 2019 judge, would like to highlight the work of 32 other writers who were part of his longlist of 38, chosen out of nearly 900 entered for this year’s Seán O’Faoláin Short Story Prize - this list can be found here.

 

 

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Culture Night 2019, Poetry Chapbook Launch
Kissing Maura O'Keeffe by Gerry Murphy

At 9 p.m, Friday September 20th, in Cork City Library, Southword Editions will launch Kissing Maura O’Keefe, a chapbook selection of old and new love poems by Cork-poet Gerry Murphy. Murphy has published 8 collections of poetry, noted for their political and erotic charge as well as their irreverent humour.

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