Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm


For bookings or queries please email


Brian Turner: The Poem as Timeless Cinematography
Wednesday-Saturday 9.30-12.30
(limited to 15 participants, cost €180)

This 4-session workshop will look at contemporary examples of poems that merge narrative and lyric modes to create an experience of timelessness. Participants will generate new material, trying their hand at infusing their own poems with these gestures towards the sublime and the transcendent. Past creative work of participants will also be workshopped throughout the sessions.




Four Masters, Four Poems
Wednesday-Saturday 9.30-12.30
(limited to
8 participants, cost €250)

wNeil Astley (Wednesday)

cKen Babstock (Thursday)

cPatricia Smith (Friday)

mMary O'Malley (Saturday)

In this workshop, each participant will have four of their poems discussed, one by each of the four different masters. The participant will submit their poems in advance, nominating each to one of the masters who will read them in advance of workshops. 20 minutes will be devoted to each participant's poem every day.
Participants must have at least two periodical publication credits.




Manuscript Makeover with James Harpur

Is a poetry collection gathering dust in your drawer? Are you unsure about your latest batch of poems - line endings, poem titles, rhythms? Or perhaps you're seeking new directions, or advice about the publishing world?
James will scrutinise your work, write comments on your manuscript, and present sympathetic, insightful and honest feedback to you face to face in a highly focused one-hour session. This is a rare opportunity to receive critical comments in person from an experienced practitioner of the poetic craft.

The cost per session is €100 for a maximum of 20 poems on a maximum of 20 pages (double line spacing, 11pt type), which includes time spent on them before the sessions. Advance booking is essential - only eight one-hour sessions are available, two per afternoon, 3-5 pm, Wednesday to Saturday. Manuscripts must be sent to James at least two weeks in advance of the festival.
For further enquiries, please email administrator(AT)munsterlit(DOT)ie

mJames Harpur has had five poetry collections published by Anvil Press and is a past winner of the UK National Poetry Competition. His latest book, Angels and Harvesters (2012), was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the 2013 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. His forthcoming book, The White Silhouette, is due out from Carcanet in summer, 2018.


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Cork International Poetry Festival

13 - 17 February 2018

Cork International Poetry Festival


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