UL Creative Writing Festival

Friday 20th May 2022 - Sunday 22nd May 2022


UL Creative Writing Festival

Venue: Irish World Academy of Music & Dance

*This event has now closed for online ticket sales, but tickets can be bought at the Irish World Academy on the day*

A highlight of early summer for all readers and book lovers, the UL Creative Writing Festival returns, featuring a stellar line-up of international, award-winning writers: including Roddy Doyle, Kit deWaal, Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney, Danielle McLaughlin, Donal Ryan, Joseph O’Connor, Louise Kennedy, Sebastian Barry, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, poets Emily Cullen, Kayssie Kandiwa, Sean Hewitt, Rachael Hegarty, Jane Clarke and many more.
The Festival will include the launch of the 2022 edition of UL’s literary journal The Ogham Stone and readings from our unique “Creative Writers In The Community” module, led by Eoin Devereux. Poetry, prose, talks, writing tips, book signings.

All events taking place in the beautiful Irish World Academy of Music & Dance building.
Weekend tickets are €35 / Concessions €20 and include access to all events.

Special thanks to University Concert Hall, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, and RTE Supporting the Arts. Our beautiful poster is by graphic designer and poet Colm Brennan, MA (Creative Writing). All events are subject to change.

Media and other enquiries may be made to Festival Director Prof Joseph O’Connor: Joseph.OConnor@UL.ie (no apostrophe in the surname)
Administrative Support: Niamh.Osullivan.Walsh@UL.ie

FRIDAY 20th MAY

Event 1: 11.00am-1pm: Creative Writers in the Community, with guest writers and UL Creative Writing teachers, presented by Prof Eoin Devereux. Welcome by Executive Dean Prof Shane Kilcommins. This event featuring local schools is closed to the public.

Event 2: 2.30 – 3.30pm: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and Sheila Killian reading from their work, introduced by Dr Jack Fennell.
Followed by book signing.

Event 3: 4.00 – 5.15pm: Launch of The Ogham Stone, 2022, UL’s literary journal, by Joseph O’Connor and other guest readers.

Event 4: 5.45 – 6.45pm: Poetry reading by Seán Hewitt, Rachael Hegarty and Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, introduced by Meskell UL-Fifty Poet in Residence, Dr Emily Cullen.

Event 5: 7-8pm: Kevin Barry and Lisa McInerney, reading, introduced by Joseph O’Connor. Followed by book signing.
Bill and Denise Whelan are delighted to support this event.

SATURDAY 21st MAY

Event 6: 10.30 -11. 45am: Talk/Lecture. Prof Sarah Moore Fitzgerald presents ‘Five Habits for Creative Writers: Evidence-based Insights on How Writers Get Their Work Done.’ Introduced by Grainne O’Brien MA (UL Creative Writing).

Event 7: 12- 1.30pm: Talk/Lecture. Adjunct Prof Kit deWaal on ‘Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Writer’.
Introduced by Will Keohane MA (UL Creative Writing).

Event 8: 2-3pm: Poetry Reading with Emily Cullen, Kayssie Kandiwa and Jane Clarke, introduced by Prof Eoin Devereux.

Event 9: 3.15 – 4.15pm: Danielle McLaughlin and Louise Kennedy, reading from their work, introduced by Dr Carrie Griffin.
Followed by book signing.

Event 10: 5 -6pm: Roddy Doyle and Kit deWaal, reading from their work. Introduced by Joseph O’Connor. Followed by book signing.

SUNDAY 22nd MAY

Event 11: 11am – 12.30pm: Creative Writers in the Community, part 2, with guest writers and UL Creative Writing teachers, presented by Prof Eoin Devereux. Event is open to the public. Welcome by UL President, Prof Kerstin Mey.

Event 12: 1pm – 2 pm: Sebastian Barry and Donal Ryan, reading from their work. Introduced by Joseph O’Connor. Followed by signing until 2.30pm. This event is generously sponsored by O’Mahony’s Booksellers in celebration of their 120th birthday

Please Click HERE for Author Biographies

GLUCKSMAN LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES TOUR
The Department of Special Collections & Archives at the Glucksman Library is delighted to offer a tour of its literary treasures to those attending the 2022 UL Creative Writing Festival.

The department collects and preserves special collections of rare books and Irish literary papers. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the unique archives of writers such as Kate O’Brien, Maurice Walsh, Michael Curtin, Seán Lysaght and many more. There will also be an opportunity to view some of the fine bindings in the collections as well as very rare first editions. Tours MUST be booked in advance.
Please book your tour place by emailing specoll@ul.ie or telephoning 061-202690

Tours available at the following times
Friday 20th May: 14.00 & 15.00
Saturday 21st May: 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 & 15.00

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