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The Same Page Anthology Available Now !

 

2020/21 UCC Creative Writing Students Lauren O’Donovan, Mahito Henderson, and Rosa Mäkelä 

The Same Page Anthology, the newest literary publication out of Cork, was curated and edited by the 2020/21 UCC Masters in Creative Writing Students in lieu of traditional work experience which was unavailable due to COVID restrictions. The anthology is available online at https://www.thesamepageanthology.com/ and in select bookshops across the country. All profits from the sale of The Same Page Anthology are donated to The Sexual Violence Centre, Cork.

 

Congratulations to all involved !

Speranza, a Scholar Reclaimed – Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 7pm.

December 2021 marks the bi-centenary of the birth of Jane, Lady Wilde. Director of Creative Writing Eibhear Walshe will chair an evening at the Royal Irish Academy to celebrate the life and works of Jane, Lady Wilde known as ‘Speranza’, Irish revolutionary poet, gifted translator, proto-feminist and sharply observant critic and essayist. Her great grandson, Merlin Holland will be in conversation about her legacy with Wildean specialist Dr Noreen Doody in an online event livestreamed from the Academy

 

Tickets for this online event are available at https://www.ria.ie/speranza-scholar-reclaimed and the event will be available to watch back on the RIA website afterwards.

Lucy Holme shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2021!

 

Congratulations to current MA in Creative Writing student, Lucy Holme, who was shortlisted for the 2021 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award  Her debut book of poetry (tentatively titled Temporary Stasis) will be published with UK publisher Broken Sleep Books in August 2022.

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award is for a first unpublished collection of poems in English and is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the very first award in 1971. Other previous winners include Eileán Ni Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrissey, Conor O’Callaghan, Celia de Freine and Joseph Woods

 

The Amergin Poetry Gathering is back !!!

Featuring UCC School of English Creative Writing graduate, Paddy Bushe, the festival returns on October 28th-31st. In the words of the organisers – ‘ We are delighted to come ashore again in Waterville for our newly rebranded Éigse na Samhna. It may not be as bright and sunny as our previous June gatherings but we will fire up your creative juices with our excellent programme of events.

On offer we have events such as the Anthony Clare Memorial Session featuring June Shannon and local Cahersiveen Writers. We will have our Galician night of music and poetry, we will have talks on Migration and Identity and a wealth of readings from Ireland’s most renowned poets such as Peter Sirr, Mary O’Donnell, Martina Evans, John W. Sexton, Gerard Smyth, Enda Wyley and many more.

We also will have three mornings of fantastic workshops on topics such as Translating Poetry with Keith Payne, 100 Differences between Poetry and Prose with Peter Sirr, Capturing the Moment with Enda Wyley, Writing the Mind with John W. Sexton, Filíoct Ghaeilge with Gabriel Rosenstock and Calligraphy with Tim O’Neill.

Four days of poetry and song between the Kerry mountain and the sea. Feicimind ann thú!

Full information available on www.amerginpoetry.com

Full pass to all events is €80. Day Tickets cost €30 each. Workshop fee is €60 and workshops participants can enjoy all the festival events at a discounted rate of €40. Visit our website to get your ticket today’

Irish Times’ excellent review of UCC Writer-in-Residence Eimear Ryan’s novel

Holding Her Breath: A different take on the campus novel

Check out this excellent review of Eimear’s novel !

I enjoyed Holding Her Breath. The premise is familiar, but this is an appealing iteration, stylishly written, with strong female voices.

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/holding-her-breath-a-different-take-on-the-campus-novel-1.4592836

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