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

Speranza, a Scholar Reclaimed - Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 7pm.

December 2021 marks the bi-centenary of the birth of Jane, Lady Wilde. Director of Creative Writing Eibhear Walshe will chair an evening at the Royal Irish Academy to celebrate the life and works of Jane, Lady Wilde known as ‘Speranza’, Irish revolutionary poet, gifted translator, proto-feminist and sharply observant critic and essayist. Her great grandson, Merlin Holland will be in conversation about her legacy with Wildean specialist Dr Noreen Doody in an online event livestreamed from the Academy


Tickets for this online event are available at https://www.ria.ie/speranza-scholar-reclaimed and the event will be available to watch back on the RIA website afterwards.

Congratulations to Paddy Bushe on his P.hD graduation !


Congratulation to Paddy Bushe on his recent graduation, receiving his doctorate in Creative Writing, and pictured below with one of his supervisors, Dr Eibhear Walshe.

Breda Joyce Launch - Thursday 11th November, 6:30.


Congratulations to MA in Creative Writing graduate Breda Joyce, who will be launching her poetry collection, Reshaping the Light, at Cork City Library on Thursday 11th November at 6:30pm !

All welcome !

Lucy Holme shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2021!


Congratulations to current MA in Creative Writing student, Lucy Holme, who was shortlisted for the 2021 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award  Her debut book of poetry (tentatively titled Temporary Stasis) will be published with UK publisher Broken Sleep Books in August 2022.

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award is for a first unpublished collection of poems in English and is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the very first award in 1971. Other previous winners include Eileán Ni Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrissey, Conor O’Callaghan, Celia de Freine and Joseph Woods


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