10th Anniversary of Creative Writing in UCC
We are delighted to invite you to an evening of celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of Creative Writing in the Department of English, UCC.
We plan an evening of readings by some of the newly published graduates from the MA and PhD programmes and we would be delighted if you could join us on:
Thursday, 16 February 2023 at 6.30 p.m. in the Aula Maxima, UCC
The evening will be opened by the President of UCC, Professor John O’Halloran.
Refreshments will be served – RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, 8 February 2023.
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 !
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.
Congratulation to Paddy Bushe on his recent graduation, receiving his doctorate in Creative Writing, and pictured below with one of his supervisors, Dr Eibhear Walshe.
Congratulations to MA in Creative Writing graduate Breda Joyce, who will be launching her poetry collection, Reshaping the Light, at Cork City Library on Thursday 11th November at 6:30pm !
All welcome !
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
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’
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.
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