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The Trumpet Shall Sound!

Eibhear Walshe, Director of Creative Writing here in UCC,  is publishing his new novel, The Trumpet Shall Sound this month, with a launch on 7th February in the Handel House Museum in London, and then in Dublin at the Royal Irish Academy on 21st February.

A date for the Cork launch will be announced soon.

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It is 1742 and the celebrated composer Georg Handel is in Dublin for the first performance of his new work Messiah. Once the most successful composer of opera in London, and fêted by aristocracy and royalty alike, Handel is now nearly penniless, recovering from a debilitating illness and out of favour and his exile in Dublin a sign of his fall from grace. With him and due to sing in his Messiah is the celebrated young actress, Susannah Cibber, the subject of scandal and public disgrace, on the run from an abusive husband and considered with suspicion by the musical elite of Dublin. 

‘A plausible, sensuous coming-of-age story about a genius wrestling with love and ambition across eighteenth century Europe.’ Emma Donoghue

‘Eibhear Walshe brings us into Handel’s world with such precision, clarity and beauty that it seems real and unforced, the work of a true artist. The story of a truly memorable event in the cultural history of Ireland, this fine novel is also a profound meditation on creativity itself, told with imaginative audacity and tempered by scholarly scruple. An immensely enjoyable read.’ Joseph O’Connor

Danielle’s book of evidence

Join our writer-in-residence, Danielle McLaughlin – turned editor- for the launch of Counterparts, a new collection of fiction by lawyers turned writers, on Wednesday December 5, Crawford Art Gallery @ 6pm.

The book, described as a “synergy” of literature and the law, is published by The Stinging Fly Press and features, among others, some familiar Cork names such as creative writing MA alumna Madeleine D’Arcy, local solicitor Catherine Kirwan, whose debut crime novel comes out in January,  poet John Mee who lectures in law at UCC and his brother Michael Mee, a former lecturer in law who is a comedian and prose writer.

All funds from the book will go towards the Peter McVerry Trust. 


Remembering John Montague

Poet John Montague’s 90th birthday will be celebrated at a special event co-sponsored by Triskel Arts Centre, Poetry Ireland and UCC next month.  Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will host the evening of poetry and music along with Paddy Moloney and Triona Marshall of The Chieftains. John Montague enjoyed a close association with UCC and the School of English in particular, where he taught for many years and influenced a whole generation of Cork poets.  

UCC flavour at the Friary

Associate Director of Creative Writing, Mary Morrissy –  – will be the guest at this month’s Fiction at the Friary this coming Sunday, November 25.  This will be an occasion with a strong UCC flavour. 

Fiction at the Friary is a free monthly event which features a guest reading, open mic and a writing component for those interested in flexing their muscles.  It’s the brainchild of Madeleine D’Arcy, – – author of Waiting for the Bullet, a collection of short stories, and an alumna of the inaugural MA in Creative Writing in 2013, and Danielle McLaughlin, who’s our current UCC Writer in Residence. 

Danielle’s debut was Dinosaurs on other Planets, and her short fiction has been published widely. She is the editor of the just published Counterparts, from Stinging Fly Press, a compendium of fiction by legal eagles, with all proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust. –

Farewell to Carys

The 2018 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow, Carys Davies, left above, with  Associate Director of Creative Writing, Mary Morrissy and right, novelist Paul Lynch at last night’s School of English reading event, “Mining the Past”.

Carys and Paul read together from their latest fictions – Carys from her debut novel, West, set in the American Frontier in the early 1800s,  and Paul Lynch from Grace, his award-winning Famine novel.

The reading marked Carys’ last official engagement as Frank O’Connor Fellow.  During the semester at UCC she has taught on the MA in Creative Writing and mentored two local writers as part of her fellowship. We wish her the very best for the future.



Win a summer of writing!

Want to have a subsidised summer writing, with a reading at the end of it?

Why not apply for the Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the late Eoin Murray, poet and UCC student. The scholarship, now in in its second year, offers a prize of €1,500 to enable the winner to devote the summer to writing.

Last year, poet  Ali Bracken Ziad, pictured above, a final year student in the BA in English, won the award and performed from his work at an annual tribute night reading in Eoin’s memory. 

The scholarship is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students registered in UCC’s College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2019. 

See for details.

Mining the Past

The second event in the School of English Reading Series features historical novelist Paul Lynch, author of the famine novel, Grace, which won this year’s Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award and our very own (for now!) Carys Davies, the current Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow – sponsored by Munster Literature Centre and Cork City Council – whose novel, West, is an exquisite historical fiction gem set in Frontier America in the early 1800s.

The reading takes place on Tuesday, November 20, in the Creative Zone, Boole Library @ 6.30pm.  Admission free and all are  welcome!  

Paul Lynch to read with Carys Davies

 Irish Novel of the Year award winner Paul Lynch . . . coming to UCC.  Photograph: Irish Times

The second event in the 2018/19 School of English Reading Series will feature two readers, novelist Paul Lynch, above, and 2018 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow, Carys Davies. 

The reading takes place on Tuesday, November 20, Creative Zone Boole Library at 6.30pm.

Paul Lynch – –  is the author of three novels – Red Sky in Morning, The Black Snow and most recently, Grace, a coming-of-age novel set against the unfolding tragedy of the Famine, which won this year’s Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.

Paul has been shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize) and has been nominated several times for the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards.

He will be joined on the podium by Carys Davies, the 2018 Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Fellow, who has been teaching on the MA in Creative Writing since September as well as mentoring local writers.  – The fellowship is sponsored by Cork city council through the Munster Literature Centre.

She is the author of two collections of short stories, Some New Ambush and The Redemption of Galen Pike, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. She is also the recipient of the Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Short Story Award, and a Northern Writers’ Award.

Her first novel, West, published earlier this year, is an epic-in-miniature, set in Frontier America in 1815 and features an unlikely hero, Cy Bellman, a mule farmer who goes on a quest to find the bones of an extinct monster.

The next reading  in the series will feature novelist Donal Ryan and poet Colette Bryce, winner of  the 2018 Pigott Prize,  on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  





Practising what she preaches

Warm congratulations to Rachel Andrews who’s been announced as one of the winners of the 2018 Hubert Butler Essay Prize.  Rachel guest lectures on the long-form essay for the Creative Writing MA’s  Writing for Media module.

Rachel is a writer and journalist based in Cork. Her writing has appeared in n+1, Longreads, the London Review of Books, Brick literary journal, the Dublin Review and the Stinging Fly. She has  been shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize (2018), and for the Notting Hill Essay Prize (2017).