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Resident Writers take the stage

Our final reading in the School of English Reading Series for 2019 will feature our two resident writers on campus – the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow ( sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre and Cork City Council) Sara Maitland, and our Arts Council/UCC Writer-in-Residence Danny Denton.

The reading takes place on Tuesday, November 26, at the Creative Zone, Boole Library, @6.30pm

Sara Maitland, the fourth Frank O’Connor Fellow to teach at UCC, has been busy all semester with our MA in Creative Writing students and mentoring local writers.  She was born in London and attended Oxford University, where she read English. Her first novel Daughter of Jerusalem won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1979. Since then she has written five more novels and several collections of short stories, the most recent in 2013,  Mosswitch and Other Stories. 

In 2004 she moved to Galloway in Scotland and built herself a house on the moors above Stranraer where she now lives. Since then she has produced an eclectic range of non-fiction including  A Book of Silence, (Granta, 2008) part cultural history, part memoir about her own search for silence, Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of our Forests and Fairytales (Granta, 2012), and How to be Alone (Picador, 2014).

Danny Denton is a writer from Passage West, Co. Cork, with a BA in English & Philosophy from UCC, and an MA in Writing from The National University of Ireland, Galway. His first novel, The Earlie King & The Kid In Yellow, was published by Granta Books in 2018, and nominated for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Irish Book Awards. Among other publications, his work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Granta, Winter Papers, The Dublin Review, Tate Etc, The Guardian, The Irish Times, Architecture Ireland and The Big Issue. Since December 2018, he has been literary editor of The Stinging Fly literary journal. 

 

Montague Poetry Fellow announced

We are delighted to announce that the American poet, Paula Bohince, has been appointed as the 2020 John Montague International Poetry Fellow.  Every year the Fellowship allows an international poet to reside in Cork for three months to focus on her / his writing, as well as enjoying and contributing to the literary life of the city.  

Paula Bohince is the author of three poetry collections, all from Sarabande: Swallows and Waves (January 2016), The Children (2012), and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods (2008). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Granta, POETRY, The TLS, The Irish Times, Australian Book Review, and elsewhere.

She has taught at New York University, the New School, The Poetry School, and elsewhere. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Ms Bohince will be teaching on the MA in Creative Writing from January – April and will also be giving a reading at the University (date to be announced).  She will also be taking part in the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 25-28 2020) and will be mentoring two emerging poets over the course of her residency.  

The fellowship is an initiative of the Munster Literature Centre and funded by University College Cork. It’s named to honour the great Irish poet John Montague who lived in Cork and taught at UCC for many years. 

– Find out more about Bohince from her website
– Read her poems in POETRY and Granta

Eibhear Walshe at the Friary

Last Sunday, our Director of Creative Writing, Eibhear Walshe was the guest reader at Fiction at the Friary, run by Madeleine D’Arcy, a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing, and Danielle McLaughlin, who was last year’s Arts Council Writer in Residence in the Department of  English. Eibhear read from his new novel, The Trumpet Shall Sound.

Next Monday, November 4, will see him reading and discusssing the novel at the Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris.

John Banville to read with Billy O’Callaghan

Our second event in the Department of English’s Reading Series features UCC’s Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, the internationally renowned Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville.  He will be reading with Cork author,Billy O’Callaghan

The reading takes place on Tuesday, November 5 @ 6.30pm at WW5.

John Banville is the author of over 20 works of fiction, including the 2005 Booker Prize-winning The Sea.  He has written travel literature, memoir, adaptations of the German dramatist, Heinrich Von Kleist and numerous screenplays.  This will be the first of two public readings he will give as part of his visiting professorship. 

Under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, he has published seven crime novels, the first three of which were adapted for a BBC TV series, Quirke, starring Gabriel Byrne. A new novel under the Benjamin Black moniker, The Secret Guests, will be published in January.

Banville has won numerous international awards including the Franz Kafka Prize, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature and the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters.  

Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork in 1974, and  is the author of three short story collections: In ExileIn Too Deep  and The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind, which won  a Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award and was selected as Cork’s One City, One Book for 2017.

His first novel, The Dead House, was an Irish best-seller, and his second novel,  My Coney Island Baby, came out earlier this year.  A new short story collection, The Boatman,  is forthcoming in 2020, the title story of which was a finalist for the 2016 Costa Short Story Award.

 

 

 

 

Christie on song with her sonnets

Christie Kannapel (MA 2018/19) has been busy since she handed in her thesis in September and returned to her native Utah.  Her sonnets  “On the Edge” (the title poem of her thesis) and “The Fall”  were finalists and semi-finalists respectively for the prestigious Atlanta Review’s Dan Veacher Prize for Young Poets. (http://atlantareview.com/poetry/dan-veach-prize-for-younger-poets-a-tie-for-winner/)

Three of her poems, “Little on Shore”, “Tower Ravens” and “Echo”  have been included in Provo Utah’s Poemball Machine initiative. 

And upcoming in December, her sonnet “Almost” will be featured on the Irish-founded cultural website Headstuff in the “New Voices” poetry blog.

Christie was also one of two MA students whose fictional serial, “One Summer in Cork”, appeared in the Echo in July under the Summer Soap banner, an ongoing liaison between the MA’s Writing for Media module and Examiner publications.

See:  https://www.facebook.com/echolivecork/posts/the-echo-starts-its-latest-summer-soap-series-this-week-here-we-profile-the-writ/2580291191981304/

 

Remembering John Rodgers

A memorial book of the late John Rodgers‘ writing, Deadlines,  – a title chosen by John himself  with typical mordant wit – will be launched at this year’s Rostrevor Literary Festival on November 23. 

John was a much admired student on the MA in Creative Writing 2017/18 when he was diagnosed with terminal  lung cancer.  Although he never got to complete his studies, he continued writing, as he had done for over 30 years.  One of the earliest poems in this volume dates back to October 1980; the latest was written on a hospital trolley during his final illness. 

Born in 1957, John worked as a chartered building surveyor for 30 years, many of them in London, before returning to Ireland to settle in Rostrevor, Co Down.  His son Fionbharr and his lifelong friend, Paddy McGuinness, have selected and edited the work that appears in  Deadlines, a publication that had been planned before John got sick.  

Deadlines will be available for purchase at the Rostrevor Literary Festival.

 

Handel in America : The Trumpet Shall Sound!

Our Director of Creative Writing Eibhear Walshe was in the US last week, reading from his new novel on Handel in Dublin. 

Above, Eibhear, before his reading in Fordham College in New York with Keri Walsh and Cathal Pratt 

With Kevin Kenny and Miriam Nyhan at Glucksman House 

 

Reading from The Trumpet Shall Sound in Wellesley College in Boston. 

Shortlists and scholarships!

More publishing news from our just past students. 

Molly Twomey (MA 2018/19), pictured,  has been shortlisted  for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award 2019 with her poem “Atalanta”  while her classmate, Breda Joyce has also made the shortlist for the Words by Water prize for writing in the Irish language with her poem “Slán leis an Airc”. The Words by Water festival in  Kinsale is currently in full force – check it out here – https://www.wordsbywater.ie/ .

Christina Hession, also from our graduating MA class, will appear in the Bangor Literary Journal’s Aspects Issue 10 this weekend with her poem “Dearg Doom”. 

Meanwhile, Fiona Murphy, BA in English graduand, topped off her achievements at last night’s UCC Undergraduate Awards – two prizes, one for an English essay, the other as top-ranked creative writing student – with a long-listing in the Aeon Magazine Short Story Award 2019 for a story she wrote during her third-year fiction workshop under the direction of Mary Morrissy.

Collecting her Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship prize at the undergrad awards last night was current BA student and Quercus scholar  Rose Keating.  Runner-up for this year’s scholarship  was Molly Twomey, which is where we came in.

 

Poetry goes down town

We’d love to see you downtown for the first event of the School of English Reading Series on October 8 with a reading by poets Zoe Brigley and Martin Dyar, introduced by our very own Leanne O’Sullivan.

As part of Community Week, and in association with Cork City libraries, this reading will be held off-campus at the Central Library, Grand Parade, Tuesday, October 8, @ 7pm. 

This is a free reading and no booking is necessary. 

Other readers upcoming in the series – John Banville and Billy O’Callaghan (November 5), Danny Denton and Sara Maitland (November 26) and Colum McCann (January 28, 2020).

Zoë Brigley is a Welsh poet, the author of three volumes: Hand & Skull (2019), Conquest (2012), and The Secret (2007), all published by Bloodaxe. She also has a collection of nonfiction essays, Notes from a Swing State (Parthian 2019). 

She won an Eric Gregory Award for the best British poets under 30, and was listed for the  Dylan Thomas Prize for the best international writers under 35. She is currently editing the Bloomsbury Guide to Poetry in the UK and Ireland.

Martin Dyar was born in Sligo and grew up in Swinford MayoHis debut poetry collection Maiden Names (Arlen House) was shortlisted for both the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award in 2014. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, the Raftery Award in 2006, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001.

He was the Arts Council writer-in-residence at the University of Limerick last year. 

Culture Night readings

Many thanks to all our great readers for Culture Night in the Creative Zone of the Boole Library. It was a wonderful event, organised by our own Leanne O’Sullivan, with a full house, including many present and past students from the MA in Creative Writing.

Readers included UCC’s Martin Veiga, Mary Noonan, John Fitzgerald, Eibhear Walshe, John Mee, Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh, Tom Moore, James O’Sullivan, Mary Morrissy, and the work of our friend and colleague Graham Allen. Some of last night’s readers are pictured below.