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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).









Culture Ireland lecture series

Director of Creative Writing, Dr Eibhear Walshe, will be giving three lectures Stateside this week. Tomorrow, October 23,  he will be speaking on “The Other Wilde Trial” relating to Oscar Wilde’s father,  a subject on which he drew for his first novel, The Diary of Mary Travers, at Boston College –

On Thursday, October 25, he will lecture on  Anglo-Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen and her links to espionage during World War II – see  https://www.wellesley.eduevents .  Also this week he will be lecturing on the short stories of Carys Davies, the 2018  Frank O’Connor International Fellow at UCC, at Emerson College. The events are co-sponsored by Culture Ireland.


Jenni’s publishing adventure

Heartiest congratulations to Jenni de Bie, creative writing MA graduate (2015/16), whose first novel is forthcoming from Dreaming Big Publications in the US.  ( The Adventures of Dogg Girl and Sidekick – front cover featured above –  is a cross-genre, mature young adult/Superheroes novel though it also flirts with sci-fi and urban fantasy, according to the author.    

It tells the story of tough college student Karissa Dogg who grows up on the rough edge of Commonland, a city protected by the superhero and sidekick duo, Adamant and Aspect. Born in a neighborhood where heroes never turn up, Karissa would rather spar at the gym and drink with her friends than hang out on the fringes of the supers’ lives.  However a chance event draws her deeper into their shadow world. . . 

Jenni is a native Texan who came to Cork to pursue her MA and decided to stay on.  She’s currently pursuing a PhD specializing in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at UCC under the supervision of Dr Graham Allen, School of English. Wearing her academic’s hat, she will be lecturing on Mary Shelley at Frankenreads, a special event at UCC (October 30 – November 2) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein – see

You can find out more about Jenni’s novel and her other writing on her blog –

This is the second novel to come out of the MA. ( In August, fellow classmate, Tadhg Coakley,  published his debut novel, The First Sunday in September. )



Break a leg, Darren!

Creative writing MA student Darren Hall is one of ten local and international  playwrights to take part in Cork Arts Theatre annual 10 x 10 minute play event. Now in its ninth year, it has become one of the most popular events in CAT’s calendar. 

Darren’s play “(Con)flagrant Disregard” features a couple of unsavoury characters who are sent by The Boss to “have a talk” with a third character.  Unfortunately when they arrive he’s asleep so they decide to wait for him to wake up.

The 10 x 10 event opens tonight (Tuesday, October 16) and runs till Saturday, October 20, nightly at 8pm.  See×10-minute-play-event/ for details.


Fellow at large

Carys Davies. . . on the move. Photograph: John Minahan

The 2018 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow, Carys Davies, has a busy week ahead.  Along with teaching a short fiction module on the MA, Carys will be appearing at three writing festivals in the next week.

This coming Saturday, October 13, she reads at the Cheltenham Festival – while on Sunday, October 14,  she will be sharing a platform with Sarah Moss at the Manchester Literary Festival –

Next Wednesday, October 17, and a little closer to home, she will be appearing at the Belfast International Arts Festival.  For full details go to