Watch out for the Evening Echo next Monday when the first episode of Sue Dukes‘ summer soap will appear – http://www.eveningecho.ie/ – Entitled “Personal Services”, the 12-episode serial tells the story of a Cork masseuse with a secret whose story is revealed through the parade of clients who come through her door. (There’ll be a full page interview with Sue in the Evening Echo on Friday.)
The summer soap is a joint project organised between the MA in Creative Writing and Examiner publications and is in its second year. Last year, the Echo ran two summer serials from Mark Kelleher and Kelly Warburton. This year, the second serial by Sue’s classmate Luisa Geisler, will appear in the paper and online later in the summer. Entitled “12 Letters from Home”, it charts the relationship between a Brazilian woman and an Irishman living in Cork.
Sue and Luisa are part of the 2016/17 MA year who are currently writing their theses. Sue will be taking a break from her studies in July to get married – congratulations to her! – while Luisa, from Brazil, is part of the Uversity programme – http://www.uversity.org/ – which allows international students to take courses in creative practice at a number of Irish universities in the same academic year.
Runner-up Jacqui Corcoran was commissioned to write a story for this year’s Holly Bough – https://www.facebook.com/corkhollybough/ – the Examiner’s best-selling annual Christmas magazine.