Literature

CIARÁN COLLINS / PETER MURPHY | Town Hall

Thursday, September 26 | 7.00 p.m. | €10

Ciarán Collins is the author of The Gamal which is his first novel. In April 2013 it was published by Bloomsbury in Ireland, UK and Australia and more recently in the USA. Rights for publication of The Gamal have recently been bought in France and Germany. He is currently working on his second novel, a play, a screenplay and he writes an occasional short story. He has written pieces for The Sunday Business Post and The Irish Times. Ciarán was born in 1977 and grew up in the village of Innishannon, Co. Cork. He is a secondary school teacher in Bandon and lives in Kinsale.

Peter Murphy is a writer from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. His first novel, John the Revelator, was published in the UK and Ireland by Faber & Faber and in the US by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It was nominated for the 2011 IMPAC literary award, shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Book Awards and the Kerry Group Fiction prize. His second novel, Shall We Gather at the River (2013), is published by Faber in Ireland and the UK and as The River and Enoch O’Reilly in the US. He is also a founder member of the spoken word / music ensemble The Revelator Orchestra, whose first album The Sounds of John the Revelator was released in October 2012. Peter’s journalism has been published in Rolling Stone, the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post, The Guardian and Hot Press magazine. He has contributed liner notes to the remastered edition of the Anthology of American Folk Music and is also a regular guest on RTE’s The Works.

 

BILLY O'CALLAGHAN | Bandon Library

Friday, September 27 | 1.10 p.m. | FREE

Billy O'Callaghan is the author of three short story collections: In Exile and In Too Deep, both published by Mercier Press and The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind, recently published by New Island Press. 

He has won and been shortlisted for numerous honours, including a 2010 Arts Council Bursary, the George A. Birmingham Award, Molly Keane Award, Francis MacManus Award, Faulkner / Wisdom Award and Glimmer Train Prize. 

His stories have appeared in such journals as: Absinthe: New European Writing, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Confrontation, the Fiddlehead, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Los Angeles Review, Kyoto Journal, Narrative, Southeast Review and Versal.

 

 

DANNY MORRISON | Mary Rose's Wine Bar

Friday, September 27 | 10.00 p.m. | €5

Author Danny Morrison reads from his recently published novel, Rudi – In The Shadow of Knulp, which is set in Co. Down and Co. Cork between the years 1946 and 1992. It is loosely based on Hermann Hesse’s 1915 work, Knulp. The novel’s central character, Rudi, is a loner with a secret, a tramp who was once a promising scholar until his heart was broken by ‘the sumptuous, voluptuous Isabel’! 

“Fantastic read… a brilliant structured book… Morrison is gifted at vivid descriptions” – Irish News 

“Morrison’s best novel to date. Funny, sad, very moving” – William Crawley, BBC 

“Rudi stands in the tradition of those Beckettian figures with their desire to remember, to tell, and their inability to tell. When, in the end, Rudi does tell, it comes as a great surprise” – Ruth Frehner, Zürich James Joyce Foundation 

For a biography of the author see The Castle Bernard Project.

 


ADAM WYETH | Fionn Uisce | Workshop

Saturday, September 28 | 11.30 a.m. | €10

The Hidden World of Poetry Creative Writing Workshop

In this unique workshop poet, essayist and playwright Adam Wyeth has specially devised a series of writing exercises around his forthcoming book, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry. The workshop will explore Ireland’s rich mythological past - its heroes, legends, gods and folklore - and reveal how poets today use Celtic mythology to explore current issues. As well as reading and discussing poems in the workshop, Adam will set writing exercises to help each writer explore mythological aspects in their own work and show how ancient myths can enliven and deepen their work. 

 This workshop is for all writing levels. All you need is paper, a pen and imagination.

 

ALAN EARLY | Bandon Books | Children

Saturday, September 28 | 12 noon | FREE

Alan Early was born in Leitrim and now lives in Dublin, in the sometimes-posh and leafy suburb of Ranelagh. He studied at the National Film School, Dun Laoghaire. Upon graduation in 2008 he co-founded Annville Films. From an early age Alan used to write and illustrate short stories about Banshees and ghost animals and whatever else struck his imagination. His first attempt at writing a novel was while he was still at school and was about, amongst other things, a telepathic fish.

 He likes books which have pages made of paper and which also have a beginning, middle and end. He is a picky eater but, despite that, quite likes raisins. Alan dislikes writing biographies about himself! 

Event suitable for 8-14 year olds

 

BILLY RAMSELL / MATTHEW SWEENEY | Town Hall

Saturday, September 28 | 5.00 p.m. | €8

Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. He holds the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and has been shortlisted for several other prizes. He edits the Irish section of the Poetry International website and recently judged the Shine Strong award for best first collection by an Irish poet. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals and literary events around the world.   

Complicated Pleasures, his first collection, was published by the Dedalus Press in 2007 and a second, The Architect’s Dream of Winter, is forthcoming. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.

 

Matthew Sweeney has published ten collections of poems, most recently, Horse Music (Bloodaxe 2013). He is also co-author (with John Hartley Williams) of the satirical thriller, Death Comes for the Poets (Muswell Press, 2012). Matthew and John previously collaborated on the handbook Writing Poetry.

 

 

COLETTE OLNEY / ADAM WYETH | Town Hall

Sunday, September 29 | 3.30 p.m.| FREE

Colette Olney will read from poems old and new. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies including Poetry Ireland ReviewCyphers, Stony Thursday and Best Irish Poetry 2010, as well as in The Irish Times. In 2003 she was overall winner of the International Davoren Hanna Poetry Prize for her poem, The Nuns’ Garden. Colette was shortlisted at the prestigious Strokestown Poetry Festival and is an occasional contributor to Sunday Miscellany (RTE Radio One).   

Colette grew up in Crosshaven. She lived in Ballyvourney in the late ‘eighties and early ‘nineties before moving to Bandon in 1995, where she stayed for 11 years. Colette now lives in Cork where she continues to write and teach part-time.

 

Adam Wyeth was born in Sussex in 1978 and has lived in Co. Cork since 2000. His critically-acclaimed debut collection of poetry, Silent Music (Salmon Poetry, 2011), was highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. He was a prizewinner in the 2009 Fish International Poetry Competition and a runner-up in the 2006 Arvon International Poetry Competition. His work appears in The Forward Book of Poetry 2012 (Faber, 2011), The Best of Irish Poetry 2010 (Southword, 2010), Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland (Dedalus Press, 2010) and Something Beginning with P (O'Brien Press, 2004.). Adam's second book of critical essays, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry will be published in Autumn 2013 by Salmon Poetry. His debut play, Hang Up (2012), produced by BrokenCrow Theatre Company, will be performed at ENGAGE 2013. Previously it has been performed at the Electric Picnic and at The Galway Theatre Festival. His second play, Life and Death, will be performed in Cork in December. Adam runs creative writing workshops in Cork and online. 

 'A strong and moving voice.' The Independent  

'Adam Wyeth’s work is fresh and intriguing, alive with imaginative riffs, grave humour and more besides – it rewards close attention.' Derek Mahon