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

Reykjavik, here we come!

We're delighted to report that MACW graduate, Nora Shychuk, is one of only two applicants - from a field of 700 international submissions - to win a full scholarship to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat, an annual writers' conference in Reykjavik which takes place next April -  -  http://www.icelandwritersretreat.com/about-the-retreat/.

This award gives its recipients full funding to participate in the prestigious five-day event which offers writers an immersive experience of Iceland with seminars, lectures and workshops by leading authors in several genres - faculty include Adam Gopnik, Susan Orlean, Barbara Kingsolver, Lauren Groff, Miriam Toews and Paul Murray. 

Nora graduated from the MA in 2016 and her work has already appeared in several literary journals and magazines, including The Lonely Crowd and Pact Press’ Speak and Speak Again anthology, and in Cork's From The Well Short Story anthology earlier this year.  Nora is an assistant editor for Regal House Publishing and is currently finishing up a short story collection. She lives in New York.

A feast of UCC fiction and poetry

This week sees the launch of three books featuring creative work from faculty and students at UCC.

Author William Wall - http://www.williamwall.net/,  - a doctoral student in the School of English, is the first European winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction with his collection, The Islands. The prize, awarded earlier this year, carries a purse of $15,000 as well as publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

The School of English will host a reception to celebrate William's success on  Thursday, December 7, in the Social Area, Block B, Floor 1, O’Rahilly Building at 5.30pm.

Meanwhile on Friday,  the New Binary Press -  http://newbinarypress.com/ - will launch two publications featuring School of English and creative writing faculty. The Elysian: Creative Responses  - edited by Graham Allen and Billy Ramsell - is a volume showcasing artistic responses to Cork's urban skyline and features poetry from PhD student Kathy D'Arcy,  and short fiction from Associate Director of Creative Writing, Mary Morrissy, adjunct professor Conal Creedon and MACW alumna, Madeleine D'Arcy, as well as contributions from UCC faculty across the disciplines.

Holes Decade 1, is an experimental  long-form poem created on digital media, one line per day and ten years in the making, by Professor of English and poet, Dr Graham Allen. This is Dr Allen's third publication following The Madhouse System ( 2016) and  The One That Got Away (2014).

The double launch  of The Elsyian and Holes Decade 1 will include readings by Doireann Ni Ghriofa,  Eimear Ryan and Danielle McLaughlin. 

The event takes place at the Granary Theatre, Friday, December 8, at 8pm. (Doors open 7.30pm).  Admission is free and all are welcome.


Winter's here!

The third edition of the annual arts journal,  Winter Papers, edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith, has just been published.

This year's Papers features work by Mary Morrissy, associate director of creative writing, William Wall ( PhD candidate in the School of  English),  Eimear McBride, Glenn Patterson, Claire-Louise Bennett, and June Caldwell among others. The trademark cloth-covered, thread-sewn hardback is designed, according to the editors, for aesthetic as much as literary appreciation; it's a beautiful object, in other words.

The journal has many Cork associations - including Barry himself who worked and lived in Cork for several years.  It is designed by John Foley at Bite! Associates  - http://bitedesign.com/ - and printed by Waterman Printers - http://www.watermansprinters.ie/ -  both Cork-based.

The journal will be celebrated on a special edition of "Arena", the RTE arts programme  - http://www.rte.ie/radio1/arena/ - this evening,  Monday, November 13 @ 7pm, featuring editors Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith, along with Sara Baume, Hugh O'Connor, Paul Lynch and Mary Morrissy.


Watching the detectives

Join us for the first of the 2017/18 School of English Reading Series with "Women and Crime" when three of Ireland's leading crime writers, Julie Parsons, Liz Nugent and Alex Barclay will be reading.  The event takes place on Tuesday, November 14, WW6 @ 7pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

The full series details are as follows:

January 30, 2018 - Canadian novelist and poet Jane Urquhart, winner of the Governor General Award and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger.

February 27, 2018  - Roddy Doyle and Rooney Prize winner, E.M Reapy

March 20, 2018  - "Writing Parents" - an evening with literary family biographers Carlo Gebler and Susan Phipps.

April 17, 2018  - Irish-American author Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland, winner of the 2009 Pen Faulkner Award.



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