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Quarryman Journal

14th September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE

Quarryman was the student-run literary journal of UCC throughout the 20th century.
First published in the 1920s & dormant for 30 years, UCC’s inaugural graduates of the MA in Creative Writing have worked hard to revive and invigorate the journal, with contributions by local and alumni poets Greg Delanty, William Wall, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Gerry Murphy, as well as work from newly-graduated writers.

Booker-nominated Donal Ryan has described the new Quarryman as “a perfect reading excursion, its pages inhabited by cyber-stalkers, bereft lovers, dying crows, web-less spiders, disillusioned radicals, illicit cadavers, and people treading the uncertain pathways of life”.

Quarryman was recently relaunched by UCC’s inaugural MA in Creative Writing class. The UCC English Literature Society hope to continue the journal’s legacy. Contributors who will be reading at this event include Cónal Creedon, Donal Hayes, Catherine Kirwan, and Mary Morrissy.

Cónal Creedon is a novelist, playwright and a film documentary maker. His novel Passion Play was hailed as book of the year [BBC 4 Saturday Review] - and has been translated into German, Bulgarian and Italian, with English extracts published in China and Australia. His stage plays have toured to Shanghai China and the New York USA - and were awarded: Best Director [2009], Best Actor [2013], Nominated: Best Playwright [2013] at the Irish New York Theatre Awards. Cónal has produced, written and directed a number of film documentaries - all broadcast on RTE TV - and featured in many public screenings including at the Irish Pavilion in Shanghai China, during World Expo 2010. His documentary: Flynnie: The Man Who Walked Like Shakespeare [2008] was shortlisted for Focal International Documentary Awards UK London. Cónal has written over 60 hours of radio drama - broadcast on RTÉ, Lyric FM, BBC, BBC Radio 4 & BBC World Service. His radio work has achieved recognition in the One Voice Monologue Awards [BBC], The Francis McManus Awards [RTE], The PJ O’Connor Awards [RTE] and has represented Ireland in the BBC World Service World Play Radio Drama Competition. Critical commendations include featuring in The Irish Times radio critics list of best radio of the year for 1994 & 1997.

Donal Hayes is a writer and radio documentary maker living in Kinsale.  Published in the Quarryman, Crannog, Literary Orphans, Newer York, Irish Examiner, The Irish Times and the usual online places.

From County Waterford, Catherine Kirwan studied law at UCC and works as a solicitor in Cork. She started writing fiction in 2014. Her crime novel A Dark Turn of Mind was short-listed for the Daily Mail/PRH Novel Competition in 2016, and will be published by Penguin Random House (UK) in 2018.

Mary Morrissy is the author of three novels, Mother of PearlThe Pretenderand The Rising of Bella Casey and two collections of stories, A Lazy Eye and most recently, Prosperity DriveMother of Pearl, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award (now Costa) and The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey have both been nominated for the Dublin Impac International Literary Award. Her short fiction has been anthologised widely and won her a Hennessy Award in 1984. In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious US Lannan Award which honours writers whose work “is of exceptional quality”. She is Associate Director of Creative Writing at UCC, and a member of Aosdána.



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