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UCC writers keep up college's proud tradition in creative sphere !

From Today's Irish Examiner and well done to Danny, Lara, Mark, Joy, Jack and all of those involved!

Among the writers involved in UCC's Sonder magazine were Lara Ní Churrín, Mark O'Leary, Joy Curtis and Jack Roche.

A group of writers based in UCC have created a new publication to showcase their output. Sonder has been released by the writers from the Cork college's School of English after months of lockdown-related delays.

“We initially came together as a group in 2019, in a workshop run by the then writer in residence Danny Denton," explains editor Lara Ní Churrín. "The workshop lasted six weeks or so, and in it we worked together, peer-reviewing each other's work, and analysing texts, under Danny's guidance.

"When the workshop was finished, Danny suggested that we keep meeting as a group, and he helped us to find a room in which we could work, and it was his idea that we create some kind of publication. He was very encouraging, and very helpful in securing funding.”

The cover image is striking, while the layout of the collection itself is also impressive.

“The cover image was designed by group member E Monroe. They had expressed an interest in designing the cover from the beginning, and I am not one to stand in the way of someone's talent! I think that's a really important part of working with people - understanding when other people know more than you and trusting them, giving them space to do their thing.

“It was the same with the designer, Joy O'Leary - I had seen some stuff that Joy had done, and I knew that she was good, so I sent her the cover image, and trusted her to do the rest.”

Sonder follows in a rich tradition of writers and poets involved with UCC, as residents, lecturers, and graduates, from contemporary voices like Kathy D’Arcy and Doireann Ní Ghriofa, to veterans like Theo Dorgan, the late John Montague and many others. While the collection was very much a DIY exercise in many respects, Ní Churrín discusses the supports the university has offered the project.

Lara Ní Chuirrín, editor of Sunder. Lara Ní Chuirrín, editor of Sunder.“Danny was our main point of contact with the university. They were very kind and supportive, obviously extremely kind in funding this, and in having such faith in us, in our abilities as writers.

“It feels great to have that support, and to feel like we're some way aligned with all the fantastic, talented writers and poets who have passed through this campus.”

All proceeds from sales of the physical edition go to the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), providing assistance for people in Direct Provision. Ní Churrín discusses the importance of outreach to those in the system

School of English Online Reading Series 2021

We are very pleased to announce that our 2021 online reading series will commence on Wednesday 3rd February, at 6 pm, with Kevin Barry talking about his new collection of short stories That Old Country Music 

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat To Tangier, Beatlebone and City of Bohane. He has also written three short story collections, That Old Country Music, Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His stage credits include the plays Autumn Royal, There Are Little Kingdoms and Burn The Bad Lamp, along with a half-dozen radio plays for RTE and the BBC. His screen credits include the feature Dark Lies The Island and several short films. He has won the IMPAC Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award, and many others. He has been translated into 18 languages, and his stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harpers, and elsewhere. He is the co-editor and publisher of the annual anthology Winter Papers. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland

Keep an eye out here for details of how to register for the online reading !


Our  exciting series of readers will include ....


Wednesday 17th February,  Sean Hewitt

Credit  Matthew Thompson

Wednesday 14th March Eimear Ryan, UCC  Writer in Residence 2021

Danielle McLaughlin, Wednesday 24th March.


Wednesday 31st March Sandra Beasley

Credit Andrew Lightman

Wednesday 14th April  Nuala O'Connor.

credit Una O'Connor

Poetry Competition: Frederick Douglass - Past, Present, Future

Poetry Competition:
Frederick Douglass -
Past, Present, Future

Poems should reflect upon Douglass’s work in some way; writers
may wish to consider his time in Ireland or, more generally, his
social activism and fight for equality. Poems should be 40 lines
maximum (not including the title) The winning submission will be showcased during the events of #Douglassweek, where
internationally acclaimed actor Roger Guenveur Smith will
perform a reading of the winning poem.
The winner will also receive a €100 gift voucher for Vibes and
Scribes bookstore.

The closing date for submissions is January 7th, 2021.
Entries should be sent to info@douglassinireland.com, with the
subject line “#DouglassWeek Poetry”

Submission: January 7th,
2021 | 11PM (CET)

Join Eibhear Walshe and Nuala O'Connor on Tuesday 5th January

DATE Tuesday Jan 5th

TIME  3pm NY /  8pm  Ireland


Zoom Event

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