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

Prize listing for Tadhg


Tadhg Coakley 's collection of short stories, The All- Ireland, has been nominated for the Mercier Press Fiction Competition - https://www.mercierpress.ie/news/press-release--twenty-authors-make-the-mercier-press-fiction-competition-long-list-/. Twenty writers have been chosen for the long list.  The winner will be offered a publishing deal for 2018 and a €1000 cash prize. The short-list will be announced in May.

Tadhg started writing his collection while on the MA in Creative Writing (he graduated in February) and submitted some of the stories in his collection - set around a fictional All-Ireland hurling final - for his final thesis.  PhD candidate Fiona Whyte's story, "Entrusted", is showcased in this  month’s issue of Long Story, Short Journal. https://longstoryshort.squarespace.com/stories/.

Robert Feeney (class of 2015/16) adds to his publication tally with a story in the current issue of The Rose Magazine - https://www.therosemagazine.com/issue-3"The Deer at Nara"  is about the after-effects of the 2011 Japanese earthquake on a group of English teachers.

Meanwhile, our MA students, past and present, feature prominently in the third issue of the Quarryman, -  https://www.facebook.com/quarrymanjournal/ - just out. Bridget Sprouls, Beth Buchanan, Mark Kelleher, Nora Shychuk, Kelly Warburton, Eileen O'Donoghue, Jacqui Corcoran, Sue Dukes, and Una Ni Cheallaigh are all represented alongside work from PhD candidates, Kathy D'Arcy, William Wall and Afric McGlinchey.     

Spreading the word

Creative writing faculty are busy spreading the word with readings and events in far-flung places. Associate Director of  Creative Writing Mary Morrissy will be reading at a St Patrick's Day event at the Irish College in Leuven, Belgium, on March 16, sponsored by the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies, EFACIS - http://www.efacis.eu/site/index.php

Lecturer in Creative Writing, Leanne O'Sullivan, will give a reading at the Ottawa Versefest Festival on March 25 - http://versefest.ca/year/2017/schedule/?day=Mar25 -  while on April 4,  Dr Eibhear Walshe, Director of Creative Writing, will be delivering a lecture as part of the 2017 Thomas J Flatley Irish Studies Lecture Series at Boston College on Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, which he jointly edited - http://www.bc.edu/centers/irish/studies/calendar.html. 


Lionel Shriver to read at UCC

The internationally-acclaimed American writer Lionel Shriver  is to read at UCC in the spring reading of the School of English series.  Shriver - https://www.facebook.com/LionelShriver -  the author of the Orange Prize-winning novel, We Need to Talk about Kevin, will be reading at the Creative Zone, Boole Library on March 14 at 7pm.

Shriver's latest novel, her thirteenth, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, is a dystopian novel that approaches the collapse of American society from the right side of the political spectrum. Following a great economic crash, the US renounces its debts and to refill the treasury, the federal government confiscates citizens' gold, right down to their wedding rings.

In a bid to stop American citizens escaping with their savings, a wall is built on the border with Mexico.  Sound familiar?  As the Washington Post noted in its review - ". . . as in good science fiction, you often have to look up from the page to remind yourself that you don’t live on the planet that’s being described".

She is also the author of a controversial autobiographical novel, Big Brother, based on the experiences of  her brother who died of obesity-related illness.

Ms Shriver will also be giving a masterclass to MA creative writing students during her visit to UCC.

Graduation Day 2017

Congratulations to the Masters in Creative Writing class of 2015/16

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