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Handel Book Launch, UCC, Tuesday 26th February, 6pm

Just a reminder that Professor Lee Jenkins will be launching The Trumpet Shall Sound,  the new novel by Director of Creative Writing in the School of English, Eibhear Walshe.

The launch takes place on Tuesday 26th February at 6pm in the School of English, O’Rahilly Building, UCC.

Below a photograph of the Dublin launch of the novel in the Royal Irish Academy with Senator David Norris.

 

Reminder ! A Journey Called Home; UCC Readings – Tuesday, 5th February

A Journey Called Home

 

Multilingual readings from this anthology by writers from across the world  

Tuesday 5th February at 6.30pm

Social Area, Block B, Floor 1, O’Rahilly Building.

 

 

Cork City Libraries in association with Ó Bhéal made a call for poems and short prose about Cork city experiences, from writers living in Cork who are not originally from Ireland, inviting them to write in their own languages.  This project is one of the Cork City Council Creative Ireland Programme initiatives for 2018.  The book includes thirty images from three Cork-based photographers who have migrated to Ireland – Azem Koleci, Silvio Severino and Jed Niezgoda. 

Edited by Paul Casey, the anthology presents original works from sixty-two writers in twenty languages, along with translations into English, including Croatian, German, Urdu, Portuguese, French, Shona, Russian, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese, Kurdish, Filipino, Galician, Polish, Dutch, Ndebele, Romanian, Italian and Somali. 

This event features contributors currently connected to UCC. 

 

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

 

http://www.somervillepress.com/handel.html

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 – http://marymorrissy.com  – will be the guest at this month’s Fiction at the Friary this coming Sunday, November 25. https://www.facebook.com/FictionattheFriary/.  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, – https://www.madeleinedarcy.com/ – 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. – https://stingingfly.org/books/counterparts/

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.