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Writing Tips from Eibhear Walshe, Director of Creative Writing, RTE Radio 1, Saturday 12th June.

Writing tips with Eibhear Walshe

UCC Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Director of Creative Writing Eibhear Walshe shares his writing tips.

Eibhear Walshe’s book recommendations:

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Faith of a Writer by Joyce Carol Oates

On Writers and Writing by Margaret Atwood

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

https://www.rte.ie/radio1/brendan-oconnor/programmes/2021/0612/1227741-brendan-oconnor-saturday-12-june-2021/?clipid=103694979#103694979

 

 

Calling Cork Based Writers !!!! An invitation for Cork Words Anthology

An invitation for inclusion in Cork Words Anthology 2nd Edition

 

As part of a project supported by Cork City Council and Creative Ireland, Cork City Libraries are seeking submissions of existing work from writers living in or from Cork and/or writing inspired by Cork city.

Pieces will be included in the second anthology of CorkWords which will be published in November this year. The anthology will be distributed by representatives of the city on international visits, and will also be given to Cork’s sister cities: Shanghai, San Francisco, Rennes, Köln. The book will also be for sale in Waterstones as well as other locations citywide.

The first anthology published last year was a wonderful success. It was launched by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Joe Kavanagh in Triskel on September 24, 2020. Installations of selected works from CorkWords were located across the city as a literary trail for Culture Night 2020 and the anthology got special recommendation from Tania Banotti, Director of Creative Ireland. With the publication of the second anthology of CorkWords in 2021, we look forward to more in person events as restrictions will hopefully continue to be lifted as we progress through the year.

You are invited to submit:

a)     A maximum of three poems

 

          or

 

b)    Prose no longer than 2000 words. Due to space restriction shorter pieces are encouraged and standalone extracts are also invited.

 

Email your submissions to: patricia_looney@corkcity.ie by Saturday 19 June, 2021.

 

A small fee will be paid to all selected contributors.

Creative Writing Reading Series: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe. Wednesday 28th April, 6pm. Booking Open now !

We are excited to announce that our 2021 online reading series will conclude on Wednesday 28th April, at 6 pm, with a reading by the poet Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe.

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe is a poet, pacifist and fabulist. Born in India, she grew up across the Middle East, Europe and North America, before calling Ireland home. Founder of the P[l]ay It Forward Fellowships, she is poetry editor at Skein Press and Fallow Media, and contributing editor with The Stinging Fly. She is a recipient of the Next Generation Artist Award in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and the inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Award. Her debut poetry collection, Auguries of a Minor God, is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in July 2021.

You can book tickets for this online event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/creative-writing-at-university-college-cork-reading-nidhi-zakaria-eipe-tickets-151455739193

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)

Creative Writing at University College Cork Reading Series: Danielle McLaughlin

We are very happy to announce that our 2021 online reading series will continue on Wednesday 24th March, at 6 pm, with Danielle McLaughlin talking about her debut novel The Art of Falling.

Danielle McLaughlin’s short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press. In 2019, she was a Windham-Campbell Prize recipient, and won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. Her first novel, The Art of Falling, will be published in February 2021 by John Murray.

Tickets are free and can be obtained via EventBrite here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/creative-writing-at-university-college-cork-reading-danielle-mclaughlin-tickets-146965099569

Creative Writing at University College Cork Reading Series: Eimear Ryan

We are delighted to announce that our 2021 online reading series will hold its next event on Wednesday 10th March, at 6 pm, with Eimear Ryan talking about her debut novel Holding Her Breath.

Eimear Ryan is the 2021 Arts Council Writer in Residence in UCC. 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.

Register for this event at Eventbrite: 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