Author Archives: Eibhear Walshe

The Disposable Stories – Wednesday 21st April !

 

Cover of The Disposable Stories

On Wednesday, April 21, from 8.30pm onward, De Barra’s Spoken Word will host a reading of the ‘The Disposable Stories’, a new multimedia literary magazine, created by Emily Titsworth.

 

Originally from Mount Olive, Illinois in the US, Emily has been resident in Cork in the past year. The ten contributors on the night – including DeBarra’s very own Lauren Cavanagh – are all students on the Creative Writing MA programme at University College Cork and also contributors to the magazine.

For this particular project, each participant took two photographs using a disposable camera. Once developed, the photos were randomly distributed among them, the pictures serving as ekphrastic writing prompts: Hence ‘The Disposable Stories’ title.

Ekphrasis is a Greek word. According to the dictionary it means, ‘Calling up a subject before the eyes with visual vividness’. So words are used to create a ‘picture in the mind’ but one that can be compared to the actual picture that inspired it. It says something about how all our minds can work so differently, even when faced with the exact same visual (or crime scene, but that’s a different story).

Further information about the event can be found on DeBarra’s Spoken Word YouTube channel that features a video. Emily explains on the video how a search for inspiration led her to come up with the disposable camera idea and why she likes the restriction of “having to capture something in just two shots” instead of the seemingly endless (but often meaningless) possibilities of a digital phone camera. Plus, how her home town is connected to this part of Ireland via a remarkable woman called Mother Jones, aka Mary G. Harris, ‘the most dangerous woman in America’ who was probably born in Blarney Street, Cork, and buried in the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive. Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night also gets a look-in.

Following the readings, a brief exercise that will encourage audience members to write their own piece in response to one of the ‘disposable photos’ that hasn’t been used yet. They can then read out loud what they’ve produced, if they so want. The prize? A virtual pint of genuinely Irish Guinness “from the comfort of your own home”. The evening will close with an Open Mic that is open to all-comers from everywhere.

A Zoom link will be sent to the mailing list and posted on DeBarra’s Spoken Word on the day. If you wish to be added to the list, please email debarrasspokenword@gmail.com.

Creative Writing Reading Series: Nuala O’Connor. Wednesday 14th April, 6pm. Booking Open now !

We are very happy to announce that our 2021 online reading series will continue on Wednesday 14th April, at 6 pm, with the author Nuala O’Connor reading from her new novel , Nora.

Nuala O’Connor lives in Co. Galway, Ireland. Her fifth novel, NORA, is about Nora Barnacle, wife and muse to James Joyce; it appeared in January 2021 in the USA and will be out in Ireland in April 2021. Her new chapbook of historical flash fiction, Birdie, was recently published by Arlen House. Nuala is editor at flash e-zine Splonk. (www.nualaoconnor.com / Twitter: @NualaNiC)

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/creative-writing-at-university-college-cork-reading-series-nuala-oconnor-tickets-150049266395

This is an online event. A Zoom link, along with further details and information, will be sent to attendees via email by 6 pm on Tuesday 13th April. You may need to review your email preferences to ensure that emails from eventbrite are not marked as junk or spam.

(Photo by Úna O’Connor)

Sandra Beasley Poetry Reading, Wednesday 31st March 6pm. Booking Now Open!!!

 

The next event in the School of English  UCC 2021 Reading Series is with the author Sandra Beasley, in conversation with Eibhear Walshe.

About this Event

We are delighted to announce that our 2021 online reading series will continue on Wednesday 31st March, at 6 pm, with the poet and author Sandra Beasley reading from her work.

Sandra Beasley is the author of four poetry collections—Made to ExplodeCount the WavesI Was the Jukebox, which won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Theories of Falling—as well as Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir and cultural history of food allergies. She served as the editor for Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Honors for her work include the 2019 Munster Literature Centre’s John Montague International Poetry Fellowship, a 2015 NEA fellowship, and five DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities fellowships. She lives in Washington, D.C.

This is an online event. A Zoom link, along with further details and information, will be sent to attendees via email by 6 pm on Tuesday 30th March (you may need to review your email preferences to ensure that emails from eventbrite are not marked as junk or spam).

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/creative-writing-at-university-college-cork-reading-series-sandra-beasley-tickets-147766687139

 

 

 

(Photo by Andrew Lightman)

Eimear Ryan Reading – Wednesday 10th March, 6pm – Booking now open !

 

Eimear Ryan’s debut novel, Holding Her Breath, will be published by Penguin Sandycove in June 2021. Her writing has appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, The Long Gaze Back (New Island) and Town & Country (Faber). She is a co-founder of Banshee Press, an independent publisher that produces a literary journal, Banshee, and a select list of books

Get your tickets now for the reading from UCC Arts Council, Writer in Residence 2021, Eimear Ryan.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/creative-writing-at-university-college-cork-reading-series-eimear-ryan-tickets-143289285109

Same Page Anthology ; Submission Deadline extended 17th March !

 

Call for Submissions

 

The Same Page is a Cork-based print anthology curated by UCC MA in Creative Writing students. We are currently working on a publication and have a particular interest in publishing poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction.

 

                            Title: Blue Is The Colour Of Distance

                 Work on all subjects welcome or use the title as a prompt.

 

The submission deadline to be included in the 2021 Anthology is March 17th.

If you would like to submit, please consider the guidelines in full.

Submission Guidelines

What We Publish

We publish new, previously unpublished work: a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside works of non-fiction. We also welcome submissions of poetry and prose in translation.

How to Submit

  • Submissions should be emailed to the team before March 17th – contact details below
  • Submit all work as an email attachment in a word document (.docx) along with a brief author bio

Please Note

  • Submissions in more than one category are welcome
  • Each category submission should be sent in a separate email
  • Submission emails should be titled “Same Page Submission: Category
  • Work must be previously unpublished and ideally should not be under consideration elsewhere. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere please notify us immediately – contact details below
  • For poetry submissions, send up to 3 poems. Poems should be submitted together in one single word document
  • All submissions are read. The editors’ decision may not be correct but it is final. We aim to contact everyone within three months of the closing date
  • Copyright remains in all cases with the author. Some work published may also be included on UCC websites

Contact Details

Please send all submissions and queries to

Thesamepageteam@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Four Irish authors, Booker and Pulitzer winners on Dublin Literary Award longlist:

Colum McCann, Joseph O’Connor, Anne Griffin, Eibhear Walshe in for €100,000 prize

 

 

Libraries worldwide have nominated four Irish authors, two Booker Prize winners and a Pulitzer Prize winner for this year’s €100,000 Dublin Literary Award.

The longlist, which was announced this morning, includes 18 novels in translation with works nominated by libraries from 30 countries. It features 49 novels, including 10 debuts, significantly down on last year’s record of 156 titles, a consequence of the pandemic shutting libraries and a tightening of entry rules.

The Irish titles nominated are: Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor, Irish Novel of the Year in 2019; When All Is Said by Anne Griffin, the bestselling Irish debut of 2019; The Trumpet Shall Sound by Eibhear Walshe, a coup in particular for Somerville Press, the only Irish publisher on the longlist; and Apeirogon by Colum McCann, which was longlisted for last year’s Booker Prize. McCann won the award in 2011 for Let the Great World Spin.

 

Niamh Twomey in the Irish Independent!

 

Congratulations to UCC Creative Writing graduate Niamh Twomey  who had two poems recently published in the Irish Independent.

Niamh Twomey is a writer from Co Clare, currently living in northern France. Her work has most recently appeared in the Ireland Chair of Poetry Commemorative Anthology, as well as journals such as Crannóg Magazine and Boyne Berries. She holds a BA in English and French and an MA in creative writing, both from University College Cork.

 

Niamh, pictured below reading at the West Cork Literary Festival in 2019.

Gift

after Anna Héloïse (Gérard) Matisse, mother of Henri Matisse

 

My mother bore me Cadmium yellow

to brighten my sick room;

Burnt Sienna, Cobalt blue

like the sky above Le Cateau-Cambrésis.

Vermillion, Carmine, red

as blood bursting through skin.

Rose Madder like the depths of a pearl.

That day a seed was planted

somewhere among the beets.

All at once a kernel broke,

roots plunged heart-wards,

a Milori green shoot

pierced the canvas of my world

and I began to paint.