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  • Southword Literary Essay Competition

    Southword Literary Essay Competition

    Judge: Patrick Cotter 1st Prize:€1,000 8 Runners-Up:€500 All nine essays will be published over the course of 18 months (next three issues of Southword) The competition is open to original, unpublished, personal essays between 2500 ‒ 5000 words. We’re looking for personal, confessional essays which border on memoir ‒ gripping essays full of memories and feelings. […]

  • Episode 9 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 9 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 9 with Ishion Hutchinson is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, the Whiting […]

  • Fees-free Poetry Workshop

    Fees-free Poetry Workshop

    For Irish poets who have not had the privilege to study Creative Writing at Third Level The Munster Literature Centre is offering a poetry workshop series for Irish poets who have not had the privilege to study Creative Writing at third level. On offer is a series of six, weekly, 90 minute, Zoom-delivered, workshops beginning […]

  • Episode 8 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 8 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 8 with Susannah Dickey is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Susannah Dickey grew up in Derry and now lives in London. She is the author of four poetry pamphlets, I had some very slight concerns (2017), genuine human values (2018), bloodthirsty for marriage (2020), and Oh! (2022). In 2019 she won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, and in 2021 she was […]

  • A Recital by the Lviv Poet Halyna Kruk, Nov 17th

    A Recital by the Lviv Poet Halyna Kruk, Nov 17th

    In Solidarity with the Ukrainian People and presented by the Munster Literature Centre St. Anne’s Church, ShandonTHURSDAY NOVEMBER 17TH 7.30PM doors open 7.10pmEntry FreeFree Booklet of Poems for all Attendees(Note: no toilet at church) Halyna Kruk (born November 30, 1974) is a Ukrainian writer, translator, educator, and literary critic. Her surname also appears as Krouk. […]

  • Episode 7 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 7 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 7 with Dean Browne is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Dean Browne won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2021 and his pamphlet, Kitchens at Night, was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition; it was published by Smith|Doorstop in 2022. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as Banshee, Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, […]

  • Episode 6 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 6 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 6 with Molly Twomey is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Molly Twomey grew up in Lismore, County Waterford, and graduated in 2019 with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Cork. She has been published in Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Mslexia, The Stinging Fly and elsewhere. She runs an […]

  • 2022 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition Results

    2022 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition Results

    The first prize winner of the 2022 Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, E.M. Hughes, will read his winning story on 15th October 2022 at the Cork International Short Story Festival. The first prize, second prize, and shortlisted stories will be published in issue 44 of Southword in summer 2023. Alan McMonagle, the 2022 […]

  • Episode 5 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 5 of the Southword Poetry Podcast out now

    Episode 5 with Shangyang Fang is now available anywhere you get podcasts. Shangyang Fang grew up in Chengdu, China, and composes poems both in English and Chinese. While studying civil engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he realized his bigger passion lies in the architecture of language and became a poetry fellow at Michener Center for […]

  • Culture Night 2022: Catch a Culture Bus

    Culture Night 2022: Catch a Culture Bus

    Based at City Hall on 23rd September, this year sees the return of the Culture Buses provided by Bus Eireann. Featuring Words in Motion – spoken word performances by Cork poets and writers, curated by the Munster Literature Centre, and supported by the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme. The special bus service will begin at […]