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The Munster Literature Centre/Frank O'Connor Birthplace


(Associated Place)


Founded in 1993, the Munster Literature Centre (Tigh Litríochta) 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.

Our office is located in the house where Frank O'Connor was born, and we have an annual short story festival in honour of him. The Cork City - Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is the world's richest prize for a collection of short stories. Additionally, the Seán Ó Faoláin short story competition awards a single story annually.

Poetry is not forgotten, and is celebrated in our annual Spring Literary Festival, which includes the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize for a single poem.

Additionally, we produce publications such as Southword Journal Online and The Best of Irish Poetry.

Contact Information

phone: +353 21 431 2955
email: administrator@munsterlit.ie
website: www.munsterlit.ie

84 Douglas Street
Cork, Ireland



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