The Cork Spring Literary Festival is hosted every year by the Munster Literature Centre since 1993.

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.

In previous years, the Cork Spring Literary Festival was called ‘Éigse’ (an Irish word meaning a gathering of poets and writers). In years past, the festival included a chapbook competition called ‘Fool For Poetry’, which has been recently replaced by the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize for a single poem.

We have, however, kept the Éigse tradition of giving the Festival a ‘theme’. Past themes have included ‘Dinnsheanchas: The Lore of Place’ (2010); ‘Humour & Irony’ (2009); ‘Belief & Unbelief’ (2008); ‘War & Politics’ (2007) and ‘Love & Desire’ (2006).

Authors who have appeared previously at our festival include:

From America: Ilya Kaminsky, August Kleinzahler, Darcey Steinke, Brian Turner, Martín Espada.

From Britain: Colette Bryce, Rev. Jim Cotter, Toby Litt, Sarah Maguire, Fiona Pith-Kethley, Dan Rhodes, Neil Rollinson, Jo Shapcott, John Hartley Williams.

From Asia: Amir Or, Shan Sa, Yang Lian, Yasuhiro Yoshimoto.

From Europe: Andres Ehin, Barbara Korun, Ileana Malancioiu, Haaken Sandell, Hansjorg Schertenleib.

From Ireland: Ciaran Carson, Mary Morrissey, Colm Toibin, Hugo Hamilton, J.P. Donleavy, Bernard MacLaverty, Patrick Galvin, Alan Titley, Mary Leland, Dennis O’Driscoll, Glen Patterson, Kerry Hardie, Medbh McGuckian, Marie Heaney and many, many others.

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