UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Festival
University of Limerick, Ireland, May 3rd to 6th, 2018
IN ASSOCIATION WITH SHANNON AIRPORT
- BOB GELDOF, MARIAN KEYES, KEVIN BARRY, JOSEPH O’CONNOR, DONAL RYAN, JULIAN GOUGH, MARY O’MALLEY, ANNA CAREY, MARTIN DYAR, SARAH MOORE FITZGERALD, EOIN DEVEREUX, ALAN HAYES of ARLEN HOUSE publishers.
- Live recording of RTE Radio 1 ‘SUNDAY MISCELLANY’ at UL’s University Concert Hall.
- Illustrated Lecture: ‘Don’t Judge a Book Just By The Cover…Punk and Creativity’, with live music by SECTION 17.
- Special event for Limerick secondary school students and their teachers.
- Sessions on How to Get Published and Writing for Young Adults.
- Optional weekend programme of Creative Writing classes with UL’s award-winning teachers.
(Subject to change)
THURSDAY MAY 3rd
UNIVERSITY CONCERT HALL lecture theatre, UL, 2 pm to 3.15
Special event for Limerick secondary school students and their teachers, to mark the centenary year of women receiving the vote.
Award-winning Young-Adult author and journalist ANNA CAREY on her Mollie novels about teenage girls in the Irish suffragette movement, her inspirations for creativity, the role of small dogs in her work (!), and the power of storytelling to illuminate our lives. Join us for what is bound to be an exciting and involving session.
Free admission but booking is required, at uch.ie
MILLSTREAM COMMON ROOM, UL, 5.15 pm – 7.15 pm.
Launch reception for the 2018 edition of UL’s literary and arts journal The Ogham Stone with readings from contributors. All welcome. Buy a copy while you’re here!
UNIVERSITY CONCERT HALL lecture theatre, 7.30 – 8.45 pm
KEVIN BARRY and JULIAN GOUGH
KEVIN BARRY is one of the most original and internationally acclaimed Irish writers of his generation. Join us for this public reading by multiple award-winning novelist (Beatlebone, City of Bohane) acclaimed short story writer and highly skilled performer of his work. A must for all literature fans.
JULIAN GOUGH, onetime lead singer and songwriter with the band Toasted Heretic, was the holder of UL Creative Writing’s 2017 Writer-in-Residence Fellowship. Winner of the BBC National Short Story prize, tonight Julian returns to UL for a reading that marks the launch of his latest novel Connect, (published May 6th, 2018), a wonderful tour-de-force of storytelling. Booking at uch.ie
FRIDAY MAY 4th
UNIVERSITY CONCERT HALL, 7 pm – 8.15
MARIAN KEYES in conversation with Joseph O’Connor.
Marian Keyes has written 13 novels, translated into 36 languages, selling 40 million copies. She was born in Limerick in 1963 and began writing in 1993. Her first novel, Watermelon, was published in Ireland in 1995 where it was an immediate success. Twelve novels and four non-fiction books have followed, most recently, The Break. The books deal variously with modern ailments, including addiction, depression, domestic violence, the glass ceiling and serious illness, but always written with compassion, humour and hope. This is Marian’s first appearance at the University of Limerick. She will be interviewed by fellow novelist, frequent broadcaster and UL professor, Joseph O’Connor. Keenly anticipated! Booking at uch.ie
SATURDAY MAY 5th
UNIVERSITY CONCERT HALL, 7pm – 8.15
BOB GELDOF in conversation with Joseph O’Connor
In the keynote event of the UL Creative Writing Festival, one of Ireland’s most celebrated humanitarians and musicians visits the University Concert Hall. Bestselling memoirist, multiple award-winning songwriter, frontman of The Boomtown Rats, activist, philanthropist, producer/presenter of A Fanatic Heart, his internationally acclaimed recent television documentary on Yeats, Sir Bob Geldof is in conversation with Prof Joseph O’Connor, about creativity, activism, prose and poetry.
Booking at uch.ie
SUNDAY MAY 6th
UNIVERSITY CONCERT HALL, noon – 2 pm
Live recording before an audience of the RTE Radio 1 programme ‘Sunday Miscellany’, featuring a host of musicians and writers with UL connections, including Joseph O’Connor, Donal Ryan, Martin Dyar, Mary O’Malley and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald.
Booking details to be announced.
2 pm – 3 pm:
Don’t Judge a Book Just By The Cover…Punk and Creativity. An illustrated Lecture with live music with Professor Eoin Devereux. Eoin’s talk will focus on his life-long relationship with punk music, the connections between literature and punk and the important lessons which punk provides for creative writers. The talk will feature live music performances by Section 17.
Venue, to be announced, will be on the UL Campus.
3.15 – 4.45: Submitting Your Work to a Publisher, with Alan Hayes of acclaimed publishing firm Arlen House.
Venue, to be announced, will be on the UL campus.
5pm – 6 pm: Concluding reading/performance: Details to be announced
The weekend programme of writing classes at the UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School in association with Shannon Airport will be taught by writers who teach the Creative Writing MA at UL, including Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Kerry Neville, Martin Dyar and Donal Ryan. Application for the weekend programme of writing classes is open to everyone,… Continue reading Optional weekend programme of writing classes