13 - 16 February 2013
Venue: The Cork Arts Theatre
The Munster Literature Centre/Ionad Litríochta an Deiscirt has been hosting spring literary festivals in Cork since the mid nineties. Last year in recognition of the central position of poetry in Cork's contemporary literary life they decided to make the festival exclusively poetry.
Every year they invite brilliant bards from across the globe. English is the dominant language of the festival with a strong showing of poets from these islands and the Americas, but it also features poets working in Irish and many European languages, including, this year, Estonian, Maltese, Slovenian, Swedish and Welsh. The European dimension to this festival is especially important in 2013 as it coincides with Ireland's assumption of the European Presidency. The months of January to June will see Ireland proudly celebrating its integral place at the heart of European civilisation, politically and culturally. Special events will happen throughout Ireland featuring European writers and artists and throughout Europe involving Irish writers and artists. The Munster Literature Centre/Ionad Litríochta an Deiscirt and the Cork Spring Poetry Festival is proud to be a part of these celebrations.