Welcome to Creative Writing at UCC

This site is a road map to the world of creative writing at UCC.  The School of English offers creative writing at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level. See what we do – check out our blog written by students, see the major names in literature who visit our campus, and explore the numerous courses we offer that redefine and broaden what it is to be a 21st century creative writer. 

News and Events

Revisiting Sean O'Casey

ploughandstarsAssociate Director of Creative Writing Mary Morrissy will take part in a day-long conference – In Depth: The Dublin Plays of Sean O’Casey - at the National Theatre London on Saturday, September 24.

Prof James Moran of Nottingham University and Dr Nichoals Grene of Trinity College Dublin will join Mary to explore The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars. The conference will examine the circumstances of the original performances of the plays, how they related to O’Casey’s own life, and will place the plays in the context of Ireland’s revolutionary decade.

Mary’s novel, The Rising of Bella Casey, is a re-imagining of the life of Bella Casey, the playwright’s sister and dramatizes the writing of O’Casey’s six volumes of autobiography. Episodes and characters from the Dublin plays are woven into the narrative. The novel was nominated for the Dublin Impac Award in 2014.

(Poster image courtesy of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, Buffalo, New York)

Students and staff do us proud


A room of one's own - Glenville Park

Creative writing students have been busy over the summer - and not just working on their dissertations.  The class of 2015/16 have been getting published out there in the real world. MA student  Mark Kelleher led the posse with his 12 episode soap "Scattered" commissioned by the Evening Echo as part of the Writing for Media module, which ran in the paper and on the Echo website during August.

This proved such a success that the Echo is publishing a second soap from that class - "Pure Awkward" by Kelly Warburton - currently running.  Check it out on http://www. eveningecho.ie

Meanwhile, Nora Shychuk's story "Ghosts in a Small Town" has been accepted for publication by The Rose literary magazine. http://www.the rosemagazine.com.This is the title story of the collection she's working on for her thesis. Two of our PhD students, Fiona Whyte and Niamh Prior will have fiction and poetry appearing in  the forthcoming edition of The Holly Bough http://www.facebook.com/corkhollybough

Not to be outdone, our newly appointed faculty poet Leanne O'Sullivan, read at the Struga International Poetry Festival in Macedonia in August. The Struga festival is a major event and the festival has awarded some of the world's most eminent literary figures, including several Nobel Prize winners, such as Joseph Brodsky, Pablo Neruda and Seamus Heaney.http://www.svp.org.mk

Upcoming on September 17, Laura McKenna, another of our  PhD creative writing students,  will lead a workshop at Glenville Park, Cork. Glenville is an 18th century house full of history and faded grandeur. Nothing faded about Laura's workshop, however, which is suitable for all writers including beginners.

For more information contact: http://silviabencejones@hotmail.com

Conal Creedon is new writer-in-residence

Conal Creedon 1The Cork novelist, playwright and film documentary maker, Conal Creedon, has been appointed as UCC’s Writer in Residence for 2016/17.  His novels include Pancho and Lefty Ride Out (1995), Passion Play (1999), Second City Trilogy (2007) and most recently, The Immortal Deed of Michael O’Leary.

His play, The Cure, will be produced in New York next month during the first Irish New York Theatre Festival. His other stage work includes The Trial Of Jesus (2000), Glory Be To The Father (2002), After Luke (2005) and When I Was God (2005). His plays have won two Irish National Business To Arts Awards and have been shortlisted for the Irish Times Theatre Awards. Productions of his plays have also won awards at the 2009 and 2013 Irish New York Theatre Awards.

Creedon has written over 60 hours of radio drama ─ broadcast on RTÉ, Lyric FM, BBC, BBC Radio 4 & BBC World Service – and his work has represented Ireland in the BBC World Service World Play Radio Drama Competition.

He has also produced, written and directed a number of film documentaries: The Burning of Cork, The Guns Remained Silent Rebel Cork,  If it’s Spiced Beef, and The Boys of Fairhill.  Flynnie: The Man Who Walked Like Shakespeare was shortlisted for Focal International Documentary Awards UK London.

He is currently working on two novels. His website is at http://www.conalcreedon.com/

While at UCC, he will teach on the MA in Creative Writing and offer workshops to students and the wider community.



Our ambassador in the New Yorker!

bridget sproulsWe're very proud to announce that Bridget Sprouls, a graduate of the inaugural MA in Creative Writing (2013/14), has just had a poem, "Scout", published in the prestigious New Yorker magazine. Bridget studied under west Cork poet Leanne O'Sullivan, who leads the poetry component of our MA and has just been staffed on our programme.

The versatile Bridget completed her MA dissertation in fiction with an excerpt from a children's novel, which she has since completed. You can read Bridget's poem at: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/29/scout-by-bridget-sprouls

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