Keane on the books: The chance to build a writing career in Ireland is academic
Aspiring writers on this island are brilliantly served by the superb range of writing programs offered by our academic institutions.
feel very privileged to work with the team at my alma mater UCD Creative Writing Program. Earlier this month, in partnership with the Museum of Literature Ireland, they released the Belfield Literary Review.
This year’s issue The long journey, was edited by Niamh Campbell, who joined the UCD program in January. It includes works by Diane Thiel, Danny Denton, Sam Riviere, Mia Gallagher and UCD Writer in Residence Sue Rainsford. There is also an interview with Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe. More details on moli.ie.
NUIG students MA in Literature and Publishing pulled out all the stops this year to celebrate the 30th edition of the annual publication of Literary review ROPES. Along with various works by established authors and artists such as Jessica Traynor and Leanne McDonagh, there is also new writing by Claire Hennessy and Nuala O’Connor and an interview with the dynamic editors of Tramp Press.
ROPES is on sale at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Little Lane Coffee Company, Kenny’s Bookshop and can be purchased online at ropesliteraryjournal.com/catalog.
An early summer highlight for all Shannonside readers and book lovers is the University of Limerick Creative Writing Festival. Curated and directed by novelist and University of Limerick professor Joseph O’Connor, it returns May 20-22 and promises a top-class selection of award-winning writers – including Roddy Doyle, Kevin Barry, Danielle McLaughlin, Donal Ryan , Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Kit de Waal and Sebastian Barry, with poets Seán Hewitt, Jane Clarke, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi and many others.
All events take place in the magnificent Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Full program and booking details at uch.ie.