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UCC writers keep up college’s proud tradition in creative sphere !

From Today’s Irish Examiner and well done to Danny, Lara, Mark, Joy, Jack and all of those involved!

Among the writers involved in UCC’s Sonder magazine were Lara Ní Churrín, Mark O’Leary, Joy Curtis and Jack Roche.

A group of writers based in UCC have created a new publication to showcase their output. Sonder has been released by the writers from the Cork college’s School of English after months of lockdown-related delays.

“We initially came together as a group in 2019, in a workshop run by the then writer in residence Danny Denton,” explains editor Lara Ní Churrín. “The workshop lasted six weeks or so, and in it we worked together, peer-reviewing each other’s work, and analysing texts, under Danny’s guidance.

“When the workshop was finished, Danny suggested that we keep meeting as a group, and he helped us to find a room in which we could work, and it was his idea that we create some kind of publication. He was very encouraging, and very helpful in securing funding.”

The cover image is striking, while the layout of the collection itself is also impressive.

“The cover image was designed by group member E Monroe. They had expressed an interest in designing the cover from the beginning, and I am not one to stand in the way of someone’s talent! I think that’s a really important part of working with people – understanding when other people know more than you and trusting them, giving them space to do their thing.

“It was the same with the designer, Joy O’Leary – I had seen some stuff that Joy had done, and I knew that she was good, so I sent her the cover image, and trusted her to do the rest.”

Sonder follows in a rich tradition of writers and poets involved with UCC, as residents, lecturers, and graduates, from contemporary voices like Kathy D’Arcy and Doireann Ní Ghriofa, to veterans like Theo Dorgan, the late John Montague and many others. While the collection was very much a DIY exercise in many respects, Ní Churrín discusses the supports the university has offered the project.

Lara Ní Chuirrín, editor of Sunder. Lara Ní Chuirrín, editor of Sunder.“Danny was our main point of contact with the university. They were very kind and supportive, obviously extremely kind in funding this, and in having such faith in us, in our abilities as writers.

“It feels great to have that support, and to feel like we’re some way aligned with all the fantastic, talented writers and poets who have passed through this campus.”

All proceeds from sales of the physical edition go to the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), providing assistance for people in Direct Provision. Ní Churrín discusses the importance of outreach to those in the system

School of English Online Reading Series 2021

We are very pleased to announce that our 2021 online reading series will commence on Wednesday 3rd February, at 6 pm, with Kevin Barry talking about his new collection of short stories That Old Country Music 

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Night Boat To Tangier, Beatlebone and City of Bohane. He has also written three short story collections, That Old Country Music, Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His stage credits include the plays Autumn Royal, There Are Little Kingdoms and Burn The Bad Lamp, along with a half-dozen radio plays for RTE and the BBC. His screen credits include the feature Dark Lies The Island and several short films. He has won the IMPAC Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award, and many others. He has been translated into 18 languages, and his stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harpers, and elsewhere. He is the co-editor and publisher of the annual anthology Winter Papers. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland

Keep an eye out here for details of how to register for the online reading !


Our  exciting series of readers will include ….


Wednesday 17th February,  Sean Hewitt

Credit  Matthew Thompson

Wednesday 14th March Eimear Ryan, UCC  Writer in Residence 2021

Danielle McLaughlin, Wednesday 24th March.


Wednesday 31st March Sandra Beasley

Credit Andrew Lightman

Wednesday 14th April  Nuala O’Connor.

credit Una O’Connor

Poetry Competition: Frederick Douglass – Past, Present, Future

Poetry Competition:
Frederick Douglass –
Past, Present, Future

Poems should reflect upon Douglass’s work in some way; writers
may wish to consider his time in Ireland or, more generally, his
social activism and fight for equality. Poems should be 40 lines
maximum (not including the title) The winning submission will be showcased during the events of #Douglassweek, where
internationally acclaimed actor Roger Guenveur Smith will
perform a reading of the winning poem.
The winner will also receive a €100 gift voucher for Vibes and
Scribes bookstore.

The closing date for submissions is January 7th, 2021.
Entries should be sent to, with the
subject line “#DouglassWeek Poetry”

Submission: January 7th,
2021 | 11PM (CET)

Join Eibhear Walshe and Nuala O’Connor on Tuesday 5th January

DATE Tuesday Jan 5th

TIME  3pm NY /  8pm  Ireland


Zoom Event

Calling all School of English Creative Writing Graduates : Call for Submissions

Call for Submission


The Same Page is a Cork-based print anthology by UCC Creative Writing Post Graduate alumni


We are currently working on publication and have a particular interest in publishing poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction.


The submission deadline to be included in the 2021 Anthology is February 19th.


The theme for submissions is:


“Blue is the colour of distance”

  • Tennessee Williams


All interpretations are encouraged. If you would like to submit, please consider the guidelines in full.


We look forward to reading your work,

Same Page Team



Submission Guidelines

What We Publish

We publish new, previously unpublished work by graduates of the UCC Creative Writing MA. Each issue includes 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 February 19th – contact details below
  • Submit all work as an email attachment in a word document (.docx) along with a brief author bio

Please Note

  • No more than one submission in each category can be submitted during any one submission period (Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry)
  • 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


Contributors receive a copy of the issue in which their work is featured and can order further copies at a discounted rate.


Depending on funding, we hope to pay a nominal fee to contributors to the anthology.


Any profits made from the sale of the anthology will be donated to the Sexual Violence Center Cork.

Contact Details

Please send all submissions and queries to



Writer-in-Residence Announced for 2021 !

The School of English is delighted to announce that the 2021 Writer-in-Residence will be Eimear Ryan.  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.

The Writer-in-Residence role is jointly funded by the Arts Council and UCC.

Fiction at the Friary and on Campus – UCC Podcasts

Fiction at the Friary comes to UCC !

Great news ! Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine D’Arcy , both closely connected with the School of English Creative Writing, announce the launch of these exciting podcasts, with many familiar UCC writers featured !

This is a series of nine programmes featuring authors reading and being interviewed on location in UCC, as well as invited guest authors and open mic readers at Fiction at the Friary, a regular fiction event held in Cork City.

The producers are Kieran Hurley (Station Manager of UCC 98.3 FM), JP Quinn (Head of UCC Visitor’s Centre), Danielle McLaughlin (Writer) and Madeleine D’Arcy (Writer).

Music is by Nick Kelly, Irish singer/songwriter and film director.

Many thanks from the producers to Kate Barry for her support of this project.

UCC features in the best books of 2020: As chosen by Irish authors in The Irish Times


Congratulations to Laura Mc Kenna ! Her novel, Words to Shape My Name, will be published by New Island in 2021 and this forthcoming novel is one of the recommendations made by Joseph O’Connor in The Irish Times, where he wrote praising her ‘powerful historical fiction debut.’


Also recommended was Director of Creative Writing, Eibhear Walshe, for his novel, The Last Day at Bowen’s Court .




Congratulations ! The latest Quarryman has arrived !

Congratulations to the Creative Writing students in UCC. The latest edition of The Quarryman has arrived, with a wealth of contributions from under-graduate and post-graduate writers in UCC.

Well done to all involved, especially to the English Literature Society for producing such innovative  and exciting work in these very difficult times !

Fish Publishing Lockdown contest!

Congratulations to MA graduates Breda Joyce and  Irene Halpin Long who were both shortlisted in the Fish Publishing Lockdown contest. A total of 131 poems were published as part of the shortlist of 1,400 entries and all proceeds collected by Fish via submission fees went to Oxfam.

Well done to you both!