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MLC books

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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SOUTHWORD JOURNALS

 

southword1Southword No. 1
Southword Editions, 2001. Editor: Patrick Galvin
Poetry: John Horgan, Donal Murphy, Cormac O'Leary, Trevor Joyce, Matthew Geden, Enda Wyley, Gerry Murphy, Gregory O'Donoghue, John McAuliffe, Kate Davis
Prose: Gaye Shortland, Patrick Galvin, Rosemary Canavan
Reviews: Jerry Kelly, Pearse Hutchinson, RozCowman, Tadhg O Dushlaine

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southword2Southword No. 2
Southword Editions, 2002. Editor: Patrick Galvin
Poetry: incl. Kate Davis, Paul O Colmain, Michael Carr, John Liddy, Fred Johnston, Chuck Druger, Michael Coady, Cormac O'Leary, George Harding, Aidan Murphy, Madelaine Nerson-MacNamara, Kevin Kiely, Michael Davitt
Prose: Thomas McCarthy, Vincent McDonnell, Anita Howard, Richard Cotter
Reviews: Michael Davitt, William Palmer, Patricia Monaghan, John McAuliffe, Fergal Gaynor

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southword3Southword No. 3
Southword Editions, 2002. Editor: Patrick Galvin
Poetry: incl. Gerry Murphy, Robert Welch, Aidan Harman, Mary O'Connell, John Mee, George Harding, John W. Sexton, Dympna Dreyer, Rosemary Canavan, Ann Egan, Susan Facknitz, Gabriel Rosenstock
Prose: William Wall, Desmond Hogan, Aidan Harman, Augustus Young
Reviews: John McAuliffe, Eugene O'Connell, Beverly Parayno, Paul Cusson, Patrick Cotter

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southword4Southword No. 4
Southword Editions, 2003. Editor: Patrick Galvin
Poetry: incl. Aidan Murphy, Matthew Sweeney, John Liddy, Desmond O'Grady, Louise Bransfield, Derek McRobin, Gerard Smith, Miriam Casey, Matthew Geden, Liz O'Donoghue, Eileen Sheehan, Michael Coady, Greg Delanty
Prose: Desmond Hogan, Kevin Doyle, Richard Cotter, Colin O'Sullivan
Reviews: Aidan Harman, Roz Cowman, Eugene O'Connell, Rhiannon Shelley, John Mee, Robert O'Donoghue

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southword 5Southword No. 5
Southword Editions, 2003. Poetry Editor: Gregory O'Donoghue
Poetry: incl. Ita O'Donovan, Matthew Geden, Aidan Harman, Gerry Murphy, Billy Ramsell, John W. Sexton, Liz O'Donoghue, John Mee, Gerard Smyth, Patrick Moran, Jean Curtayne, Fred Johnston, Mary O'Gorman, Lynda Horgan, Noel King
Prose: William Wall, Mary Leland, Billy O'Callaghan
Reviews: Eugene O'Connell, John Mee, Griffin Jaye Epstein, Gregory O'Donoghue

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southword6Southword No. 6

Southword Editions, 2004. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: Gregory O'Donoghue, Fiction Editor: Philip McCann
Poetry: incl. Zybnek Hejda, Kyriakos Charalabides, Gerard de Nerval, Ileana Malancioiu, Jose Maria Alvarez, Sigitas Parulskis, Ingeborg Bachmann, Guntars Godins, Barbara Korun, Andres Ehin
Prose: Richard Cotter, Kenneth Hickey,Hansjorg Schertenleib
Reviews: Roz Cowman, Eugene O'Connell, Ian Wild

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southword7Southword No. 7

Southword Editions, 2004. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: Gregory O'Donoghue, Fiction Editor: Philip McCann
Poetry: incl. David Cavanagh, Noel Connelly, Paul McLoughlin, Noel King, Patrick Moran, Alan Garvey, KV Skene, Stiofan O Cadhla, Aifric Hamilton, Knute Skinner, Seamus Harrington, Karen O'Connor, Adam Wyeth, John F Deane, Yilmaz Odabasi
Fiction: incl. Jon Boilard, Aidan Harman, David Hart, Sophie Spalding
Reviews: incl Ian Wild, Billy Ramsell, Patrick Cotter

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southword8Southword No. 8

Southword Editions, 2004. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: Gregory O'Donoghue, Fiction Editor: Vincent McDonnell
Poetry: incl. Eugene O'Connell, Marin Glesson, Margaret Galvin, John Liddy, Philip Quirke, Laurence O'Dwyer, Niall Herriott, Hans Vanden Bos, Rachel Mooney, Allison de Freese
Fiction: incl Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Kenneth Hicky, Richard Cotter
Reviews: incl John McAuliffe,Aidan Harman, Patrick Cotter

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southword9Southword No. 9

Southword Editions, 2006. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: Gregory O'Donoghue, Fiction Editor: Vincent McDonnell
Poetryand Remembrance of Gregory O'Donoghue: Gerry Murphy, John Montague, Aidan Harman, Adam Wyeth, William Wall, Lane Ashfeldt, Colm Breathnach, Patrick Cotter
Fiction: James Moynihan, Deirdre Jacobson, Carol Anderson
Reviews: Eugene O'Connell, Aidan Harman, John McAuliffe

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southword 10Southword No. 10

Southword Editions, 2006. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: Rosemary Canavan, Fiction Editor: Eilis Ni Dhuibhne
Poetry: incl David Meagher, Laurence O'Dwyer, James J. McAuley, Richard Tillinghast, Patrick Deeley, Patrick Moran, Mary O'Connell, Tadhg Russell, Aidan Tynan, Barbara Smith, Margaret Galvin, John McKeown, James Harpur. Fiction: Susan Lanigan, Girija Tropp,Jon Boilard, Colm Toibin. Reviews: John McAuliffe, Matthew Geden 

 

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southword11Southword No. 11

Southword Editions, 2006. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: Rosemary Canavan, Fiction Editor: Eilis Ni Dhuibhne
Poetry: incl. Mel Dio, Grace Wells, Graham Allen, Kevin Cahill, John Walsh, Sinead Cliffe, Kristiina Ehin, Silke Scheuermann, Leanne O'Sullivan, Denise Blake, Lizann Gorman, Gary Allen, Mary O'Connell, Liam Aungier, Gerry Murphy, Paul McLoughlin
Fiction:Joyce Russell, Alan McMonagle, Haruki Murakami
Reviews: incl Billy Ramsell, Val Nolan, Eugene O'Connell

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southword12Southword No. 12

Southword Editions, 2007. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: Rosemary Canavan, Fiction Editor: Jon Boilard
Poetry: incl Irene Mosvold, Nicola Daly, Seamus Harrington, Ciaran O'Driscoll, Michelle O'Sullivan, Laurence O'Dwyer, Susan Connolly, Gary Allen, James Harpur, Christopher Brewer, Aidan Harman, Patrick Moran, Knute Skinner, Patrick Deeley, Peggie Gallagher
Fiction: incl. Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Danny Denton, Miriam Casey
Reviews: Thomas McCarthy, Eugene O'Connell

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southword13Southword No. 13

Published by Southword Editions, 2007. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: Rosemary Canavan, Fiction Editor: Jon Boilard
Poetry: incl. Thomas McCarthy, John McKeown, Eugene O'Connell, David McLoghlin, Gary Allen, Margaret Galvin, Miriam Casey, Gerry Boland, John Walsh, James J. McAuley
Fiction:incl Toby McGrath, James Cressey, Philip O Ceallaigh
Reviews: Thomas McCarthy, Val Nolan, Billy Ramsell

 
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southword14Southword No. 14

Southword Editions, 2008. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: James Harpur, Fiction Editor: Nuala Ni Chonchuir
Poetry: incl. Martina Evans, Mary O'Malley, Robin Laffan, Philip Quirke, Peter Sirr, Gerard Fanning,Enda Wyley, Rosemary Canavan,Gary Allen, Matthew Sweeney, Mary O'Donnell
Fiction: incl.Kenneth Hickey, Alan McMonagle, Tania Hershman, Philip Quirke, Katie Singer, Vanessa Gebbie, Meghann Plunkett, William Wall
Reviews: incl. Thomas McCarthy, Jennifer Matthews, Billy Ramsell

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Southword 15Southword No. 15

Southword Editions, 2009. Managing Editor: Patrick Cotter, Poetry Editor: James Harpur, Fiction Editor: Nuala Ní Chonchúir
Poetry: Gerry Murphy, David Wheatley, Ian Wild, Joseph Woods, John F. Deane, John Liddy, Macdara Woods, Matthew Geden, Roderick Ford, Vona Groarke, Harry Clifton, Thomas McCarthy, Aidan Murphy, Tom Duddy, Susan Connolly, John McKeown, Daragh Breen, Knute Skinner, Aideen Henry and others.
Fiction: Featuring the shortlisted works from the Sean O'Faoilain Short Story Competition.
Reviews: Billy Ramsell, Jennifer Matthews, Paul Casey.

 

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Words Ireland

The Munster Literature Centre
is a constituent member
of Words Ireland.

 

 

 

Fool for Poetry
Chapbook
Competition

Workshops

Now open.
Deadline
31 May 2016

 

 

 

Writing Workshops
at the MLC

Danielle McLaughlin

Evening fiction
workshops
coming soon.

 

 

Southword Editions

Tania Hershman

Newest books:

Fool For Poetry
chapbooks by
Tania Hershman
& Victor Tapner

 

 

Southword Issue 29

Southword Journal

New issue, free to read online.

 

 

Poetry International

Recent additions:

Kimberly Campanello
,
Justin Quinn,
Brendan Cleary,
Eleanor Hooker
& more

poetryinternationalweb.net

 

 

 

The Cork International
Short Story Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in
autumn.

 

 

Frank O'Connor
Short Story Award

2015 Laureate:
Carys Davies

Carys Davies

World's richest prize for
a short story collection,
co-sponsored by the
UCC School of English
and
Cork City Council
.

Seán Ó Faoláin
Short Story
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

Opens
May 2016

Cork International
Poetry Festival

Cork International Short Story Festival

Annually in spring.

 

 

 

O'Donoghue Poetry
Competition

Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition

2015 winners
announced!

 

 
 
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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

   
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