About the festival:

Munster Literature Centre


The Munster Literature Centre has been holding spring literary festivals since 1993, having gone by the names Éigse and Cork Spring Literary Festival in the past. It was renamed The Cork Spring Poetry Festival in 2012, to reflect the focus in poetry programming, which is always popular with Cork audiences. The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize for a single poem was introduced in 2010, in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre. Readers at the Cork Spring Literary Festival have included Ilya Kaminsky, August Kleinzahler, Darcey Steinke, Brian Turner, Dan Rhodes, Jo Shapcott, John Hartley Williams, Yang Lian, Andres Ehin, Mary Morrissey, Patrick Galvin, Alan Titley, Mary Leland, Kerry Hardie, Medbh McGuckian, Mary O'Malley and Conal Creedon among many, many others.





2012 Festival News




Cork Spring Poetry Festival

Prebooked Poetry Reading to include Paul Casey, Paula Cunningham, Alyn Fenn, Rory Johnston, Afric McGlinchey, Louis Mulcahy,Mary Noonan, and Donna Sandahl Sørensen. For more information about the poets, click here. This reading will follow Gregory O'Donoghue Prize winner Suji Kwock Kim, and is free to the public. 4PM, Saturday 18 February at the Metropole Hotel.








Suji Kwock Kim wins the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Suji Kwock Kim on winning the 2012 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize!

Click here to view all 2012 winners & commendations.









Cork Spring Poetry Festival

The Prebooked Poetry Reading is a free event involving up to eight individuals who have yet to publish a full length collection of poems. Each poet will have the opportunity to read three poems of 40 lines or under.

If you would like a chance to partake in this event submit three poems with a biographical note listing any magazine publication credits. Submissions will be accepted by email before January 10th 2012 to: munsterlit(at)eircom(dot)net. Emails must have the subject heading “Prebooked Poetry Reading”. The list of chosen poets will be posted on www.munsterlit.ie by January 20th. Now closed for submissions. The selection will soon be posted. Thank you to everyone who entered!






Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition

Competition now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!


The Gregory O'Donoghue poetry competition is accepting submissions through 18 December 2011. For more information, visit our O'Donoghue Prize Page.