Prof O’Connor and Eoin Devereux attending the launch of the the UL/Frank McCourt Summer School Picture: Oisin McHugh/FusionShooters
THIS SEPTEMBER 5 marks the 20th anniversary since Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt’s “masterpiece”, was launched to the world.
To honour Frank, Limerick’s only Pulitzer prize winning author, the University of Limerick has launched its creative writing summer school in New York, which will run this July 7 to 10 inclusive.
The summer school will be led by the renowned novelist and Frank McCourt chair of creative writing, Professor Joseph O’Connor, the award winning Star of the Sea author.
It will feature the talents of University of Limerick faculty including Joseph O’Connor, Donal Ryan, Giles Foden, Mary O’Malley, Sarah Moore-Fitzgerald and Eoin Devereux.
Featuring creative writing workshops and lectures, the summer school is open to applications from those based in the USA and to those willing to travel from Ireland.
“2016 sees the twentieth anniversary of publication of Frank McCourt's masterpiece Angela's Ashes, a book that became a success all over the world, shedding light on the unique relationship that exists between Ireland and the United States, specifically between Limerick and New York,” said Prof O’Connor.
“Frank's tale of two cities was translated into dozens of languages, stirring recognitions for millions of readers. We at UL's new Creative Writing Programme wished to honour him and his achievement, in this special year.
“We're establishing a New York-based Creative Writing Summer School in his name, bringing together his two great loves: teaching and writing.”
He said that in founding this New York based school they have received “immense assistance” from many people who loved Frank, including his widow and third wife Ellen McCourt, philanthropist Loretta Brennan Glucksman; Rose Hynes at the Shannon Airport Authority for their most generous sponsorship; Barbara Jones, Consul in New York, the Department of Tourism and Trade, the Irish Writers' Centre in Dublin, Gabriel Byrne, John McColgan and Moya Doherty, and the Irish Arts Center in New York and at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University.
“This project has seen UL work with many transatlantic friends and colleagues, to honour a great writer we think of as one of our own and to highlight the exciting and innovative programme we at UL Creative Writing are building in his name.” Places are limited to 45 people, and the cost is €300, or €200 for students or unwaged people. A small amount of funding scholarship is in place.
In advance of the summer school, UL and the Irish Arts Centre, New York, will present An Evening for Frank McCourt at the Irish Arts Centre in New York on Sunday, June 24, featuring Gabriel Byrne, Jean Butler, Paul Muldoon, Maeve Higgins, Pierce Turner, Joseph O'Connor and others.
See here for more details and to apply.