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

Danielle's book of evidence

Join our writer-in-residence, Danielle McLaughlin - turned editor- for the launch of Counterparts, a new collection of fiction by lawyers turned writers, on Wednesday December 5, Crawford Art Gallery @ 6pm.

The book, described as a "synergy" of literature and the law, is published by The Stinging Fly Press and features, among others, some familiar Cork names such as creative writing MA alumna Madeleine D'Arcy, local solicitor Catherine Kirwan, whose debut crime novel comes out in January,  poet John Mee who lectures in law at UCC and his brother Michael Mee, a former lecturer in law who is a comedian and prose writer.

All funds from the book will go towards the Peter McVerry Trust. 

 


Remembering John Montague

Poet John Montague's 90th birthday will be celebrated at a special event co-sponsored by Triskel Arts Centre, Poetry Ireland and UCC next month.  Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will host the evening of poetry and music along with Paddy Moloney and Triona Marshall of The Chieftains. John Montague enjoyed a close association with UCC and the School of English in particular, where he taught for many years and influenced a whole generation of Cork poets.  


UCC flavour at the Friary

Associate Director of Creative Writing, Mary Morrissyhttp://marymorrissy.com  - will be the guest at this month's Fiction at the Friary this coming Sunday, November 25. https://www.facebook.com/FictionattheFriary/.  This will be an occasion with a strong UCC flavour. 

Fiction at the Friary is a free monthly event which features a guest reading, open mic and a writing component for those interested in flexing their muscles.  It's the brainchild of Madeleine D'Arcy, - https://www.madeleinedarcy.com/ - author of Waiting for the Bullet, a collection of short stories, and an alumna of the inaugural MA in Creative Writing in 2013, and Danielle McLaughlin, who's our current UCC Writer in Residence. 

Danielle's debut was Dinosaurs on other Planets, and her short fiction has been published widely. She is the editor of the just published Counterparts, from Stinging Fly Press, a compendium of fiction by legal eagles, with all proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust. - https://stingingfly.org/books/counterparts/


Farewell to Carys

The 2018 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow, Carys Davies, left above, with  Associate Director of Creative Writing, Mary Morrissy and right, novelist Paul Lynch at last night's School of English reading event, "Mining the Past".

Carys and Paul read together from their latest fictions - Carys from her debut novel, West, set in the American Frontier in the early 1800s,  and Paul Lynch from Grace, his award-winning Famine novel.

The reading marked Carys' last official engagement as Frank O'Connor Fellow.  During the semester at UCC she has taught on the MA in Creative Writing and mentored two local writers as part of her fellowship. We wish her the very best for the future.

 

 


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