“The Literature of Cork” will feature short readings by three well-known and highly-regarded figures from Cork’s literary scene: Leanne O’Sullivan, Cónal Creedon, and Eimear Ryan.
Eimear Ryan’s writing has appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, Town & Country (Faber) and The Long Gaze Back (New Island). She is co-editor of the literary journal Banshee.
Poet Leanne O’Sullivan is from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and was educated at UCC. Her acclaimed first collection, Waiting for my Clothes, was published by Bloodaxe in 2004. Threemore collections, also from Bloodaxe, have appeared since: Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009), The Mining Road (2013), and A Quarter of an Hour (2018). She was given the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in 2011, and received a UCC Alumni Award in 2012. Her work has been included in various anthologies, including Best Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword Publishing), Selina Guinness’s The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2004) and Billy Collins’s Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Random House, 2003). Leanne was the recipient of the 2009 Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary and in 2010 was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Formerly a writer-in-residence at UCC, she was appointed lecturer in creative writing in 2016.
Cónal Creedon is a novelist, playwright and documentary filmmaker. His prose has been translated into German, Bulgarian, Italian, with English extracts published in China. Cónal’s stage plays include: The Trial Of Jesus (2000), Glory Be To The Father (2002), After Luke (2005), When I Was God (2005), The Cure (2005). His plays received critical acclaim in Shanghai, China, when they featured at World Expo Shanghai (2010) and The JUE International Arts Festival Shanghai (2011). The USA premieres were produced at The Irish Repertory Theatre, New York (2009) and the Green Room Theatre, New York (2013). The New York productions were critically acclaimed and received a number of accolades. Creedon has written over 60 hours of original radio drama, broadcast on RTÉ and the BBC. Cónal has produced, written and directed a number of film documentaries: The Burning of Cork (2005), Why the Guns Remained Silent in Rebel Cork (2006), If it’s Spiced Beef (2007), The Boys of Fairhill (2009). His documentary Flynnie: The Man Who Walked Like Shakespeare (2008) was shortlisted for Focal International Documentary Awards.
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