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UCC seeks writer-in-residence

Come south to write!

We’re  in the process of advertising for a new writer-in-residence at UCC for the next academic year, starting  in September. If you’re a writer of note, and are interested in contributing to the lively creative writing scene in UCC and Cork generally, this is the job for you.  You’ll join a list of talented writers who’ve gone before you in recent times – short fiction writer Thomas Morris, novelist and playwright Conal Creedon, dramatist Michael West and poet Leanne O’Sullivan. 

Please see below for details.

Applications are invited from writers of distinction for the above role, jointly funded by the Arts Council and University College Cork.

The Writer in Residence role is designed to provide a writer with a unique opportunity to develop his/her practice in a university environment while giving members of the university community the opportunity to engage with a practicing writer.

The appointment of Writer in Residence is for one year (September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019) and the successful applicant will be paid a fee of €20,000.

S/he will offer four to six contact hours per week over two semesters, providing workshops and individual consultations. The Writer in Residence will enjoy uninterrupted time to advance his/her own work during the university vacations.

The successful applicant will be expected to deliver two public readings during the course of the residency, and to become involved in the fruitful connections forged between Creative Writing programmes in the School of English and the wider writing communities and literary festivals in Cork city.

We welcome applications from writers who work in genres including but not confined to: fiction; poetry; non-fiction; playwriting; digital storytelling.

Please apply by letter or email, outlining your suitability for the role, on or by  April 27, 2018, including a CV with details of books published. Applicants must have a strong record of high quality publications.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Dr. Eibhear Walshe, School of English (

Please send applications to

Interviews will be held in Cork on May 22, 2018

Living with parents who write

“Writing Parents” is the fourth event in UCC’s School of English Reading series and will feature novelist and memoirist Carlo Gebler and biographer Sally Phipps in conversation with Dr Eibhear Walshe on the theme of literary off-spring.

Gebler’s parents are Edna O’Brien and the late Ernest Gebler; Sally Phipps is the daughter of novelist Molly Keane.

Carlo Gebler is the author of numerous novels, short fiction and two memoirs focussing on his father – Father and I, and The Projectionist.  Sally Phipps’s biography of her mother is entitled Molly Keane: A Life.

The event takes place on Tuesday, March 20 @ 6.30pm in the Creative Zone, Boole Library, UCC .  Admission is free and all are welcome.  

‘Dark Chapter’ author reads at UCC

Activist and author, Winnie M Li, is to read at UCC next week.  Li is the author of the widely-acclaimed novel, Dark Chapter, – which stemmed from her experience of being assaulted and raped in a Belfast park in 2008.  The novel won the 2017 Not the Booker Prize – –  voted on by readers of The Guardian and is currently nominated for the prestigious Edgar Awards in the US.

Li co-founded the “Clear Lines” Festival –  – which aims to challenge the silence and stigma that surrounds sexual violence. She was also one of four sexual assault survivors profiled in the documentary Unbreakable: True Lives, which aired on TV 3 last September.

Li was a student at UCC in 2000/2001, as one of the first George Mitchell Scholars –  She was awarded an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature.

The reading and discussion, jointly sponsored by the School of English and Women’s Studies, takes place on Thursday, March 15, 5.30-7 pm, Room 1.23 in the O’Rahilly Building. All welcome.

For further information please contact Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir (




Join the Crowd!

Associate Director of Creative Writing, Mary Morrissy, and UCC’s current writer-in-residence, Thomas Morris, will be reading together at the double launch of issues 7 and 8 of The Lonely Crowd literary magazine  – –  in Dublin later this week.  The event will also feature Cork writer Danielle McLaughlin.  The reading will be at The Workman’s Club,  10 Wellington Quay – – on Thursday, March 8 @ 7pm. Admission is free.

Passing with flying honours!

Creative writing graduates in the crowd: (Second row from top) second from left, Una Ni Cheallaigh, Jacqui Corcoran, Donal Ruane, Sue Lewando, Eileen O’Donoghue, Mona Lynch. (Third row from top) far right: Tony Leen.

Congratulations to all our 2017 MA creative writing graduates who were conferred at a ceremony last Wednesday, February 21, on campus.  A certain number of our international students were not able to make it to the ceremony, but they were celebrated nonetheless.  Here is the full list – Paul Asta, Kathryn Brock Roberston, Jacqui Corcoran, Sue Lewando, Mona Lynch, Tony Leen, Thomas Moore, Una Ni Cheallaigh, Eileen O ‘Donoghue, Donal Ruane, Victor Tanner and Alyssandra Tobin.


CW masters graduates, from left: Sue Lewando, Una Ni Cheallaigh, Mona Lynch and Jacqui Corcoran.

Roddy Doyle and E M Reapy reading

The third event  in the School of English reading series features Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle and E.M. Reapy, who won last year’s Rooney Prize for her debut novel, Red Dirt. 

The reading takes place on Tuesday, February 27, @ 6.30pm in the Creative Zone, Boole Library.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Roddy Doyle to read at UCC

Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle will feature in the next event in our School of English reading series on Tuesday,  February 27.  Doyle will be reading from his latest novel, Smile, which came out last year and tackles the subject of abuse and its psychological aftermath in the context of a Christian Brothers school.

Smile is Doyle’s 11th novel, and though much of it is set in the pub – the site of his Two Pints dialogues – the mood of the novel is sombre and the narrative approach more experimental. Smile  was voted by Irish Times readers their favourite Irish fiction of 2017 –…/something-to-smile-about-roddy-doyle-is-still-our-favo…

Reading with him will be E. M. Reapy,  – – whose debut novel, Red Dirt which won her the 2017 Rooney Prize, explores the theme of emigration – the new brand of it. The novel follows three young Irish people who flee to Australia to escape the economic ruins of home and their own unhappy lives, and is set in a chaotic world of backpacker hostels, fruit farms and factories.  

The Irish Independent described the novel as “a confident and distinctive debut. . . one would have to be dead to the thrill of fiction not to be hugely excited about what its author will do next”. Red Dirt also won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the 2017 Kate O’Brien Award. See 

The reading takes place in the Creative Zone, Boole Library, on Tuesday, February 27 @ 6.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

Photographs courtesy of The Irish Times


New collection from Leanne O’Sullivan

Lecturer in creative writing Leanne O’Sullivan will launch her new collection of poetry, A Quarter of an Hour, at  the Cork International Poetry Festival next week.  Leanne, who has taught on the MA in Creative Writing for several years, was appointed to a lectureship last year.  

The starting point for A Quarter of an Hour, Leanne’s fourth collection,  was a severe illness suffered by her husband – and our School of English colleague – Dr Andrew King – in 2013.  After weeks in a coma, he woke to discover that much of his memory had been destroyed.  Leanne’s poems deal with recovery, in both senses of the word – of his memory and of his health  – often through the medium of nature.  

Leanne’s publishers, Bloodaxe Books, describe this collection as celebrating “the earth’s intoxicating wildness as well as the richness and preciousness of human experience. Overall, we can rejoice in the fact that we’re here, whatever the challenges”.

Leanne’s book will be launched at the Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place, on Tuesday, February 13, @ 8.30pm. 

Other faculty appearing at the festival, which runs from February 13 – 17, include Dr Graham Allen and UCC’s inaugural John Montague Poetry Fellow, Brian Turner. For further details see –



Our writers on the town!

Come and see poets and short fiction writers from UCC’s MA in Creative Writing who will take part in a special showcase reading tonight, Monday, February 5, at O Bheal, Cork’s premier poetry venue.

Presented by poet and lecturer Leanne O’Sullivan, this reading has become an annual event in the MA calendar.  This year will feature readings from Allie Vugrincic, Breda Joyce, Jasmine Throckmorton,  John Rodgers, Nora Kirkham,  Sally Yazwinski and Alison Driscoll

(Alison has just featured as poet of the week on Headstuff. See –

Tonight’s event takes place at The Long Valley, Winthrop Street @ 9.30pm.








Picture this – in words

The writer Salman Rushdie and his son at work. . . one of the photographs in Judith Aronson’s exhibition on display at the Boole Library,

Here’s a competition of interest to UCC students of creative writing in conjunction with the exhibition “Likenessess: Portraits of Literary and Cultural Genius”  by photographer Judith Aronson, currently on display at the Boole Library.  

CK109 and MA/PhD Creative Writing students are invited to submit a poem or short prose piece (max. 1500 words) written in response to, or in conversation with, one or more of the photographs in Judith’s exhibition. Your piece may engage with Judith’s photograph(s), and/or with the work of the writer or artist depicted in the photograph.

UCC Library will award a prize of €100 euro to the winning entry, to be judged by a panel including Library and School of English staff, visiting writers, and Judith Aronson. The winning piece will be published on the UCC Library website and School of English Creative Writing website.

The exhibition, in the UCC Library exhibition area, runs from January 17 – March 30, 2018.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on April 9, 2018.

Please email your entry to Professor Lee Jenkins, Head of the School of English, at