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

Remembering the Rising


Mary Morrissy, Associate Director of Creative Writing, will discuss her novel The Rising of Bella Casey https://www.obrien.ie  as part of a panel discussion entitled “Remembering the Rising” at the Source Library and Arts Centre in Thurles on Thursday evening, November 24, at 7pm.

The event, which is open to the public, will consider 1916 as it is remembered and re-imagined, and will feature novelist Marita Conlon McKenna, https://maritaconlonmckenna.com/author of Rebel Sisters, based on the lives of the Gifford sisters, and Queen’s University historian Dr Fearghal McGarry, author of The Rising, Ireland Easter 1916. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-rising-9780192801869.

Cherishing the Proclamation poets


Lecturer in Creative Writing, poet Leanne O'Sullivan, http://www.bloodaxebooks.com is one of the co-authors of Cherish, Cherish, Cherish, Reflections on the 1916 Proclamation, just out from Collins Press. http://www.collinspress.ie/

Four of the seven signatories to the Proclamation of the Republic in 1916  were poets. To commemorate the centenary, Cork City Council in association with Collins Press commissioned four of Ireland’s leading contemporary writers - Leanne, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Theo Dorgan  and Hugo Hamilton - to reflect on the meaning of this single most important artefact of the 1916 Rising. Cork poet Thomas McCarthy http://www.munsterlit.ie has written the introduction to the volume.

Cherish, Cherish, Cherish will be launched on Wednesday, November 16 @ 7pm at Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork. 

A century of Irish creativity


Director of Creative Writing, Eibhear Walshe, will be speaking on a panel at the Dublin Books Festival this Saturday (November 12) following the launch of the Royal Irish Academy's new book, Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, https://www.ria.ie/news/modern-ireland-100-artworks  of which he is a joint editor.

Broadcaster Mike Murphy will chair a debate on a century of Irish creativity with Eibhear and co-editors Fintan O’Toole, Catherine Marshall and artist Aideen Barry, whose 2015 artwork, Silent Moves, was chosen by the public to complete the list of 100 Irish artworks.The panellists will assess the artworks that made it past the chopping block and question whether their list is representative of our cultural identity.

The book, which has been nominated for the best Irish-published book of the year in the Bord Gais Book Awards, http://www.irishbookawards.irish/ will be launched at Smock Alley Theatre at 5pm.

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