Award Winning Authors Visit UL

Reading by Three Irish Authors

UL presents a reading by award winning Irish authors Christine Dwyer Hickey, Joseph O’Connor and Colin Barrett.

Admission is free and will take place in the Millstream Common Room at 5:30pm Thursday 13th of November.

Reception will take place at 6pm

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Colum McCann Due to Visit UL

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IMPAC AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST

COLUM McCANN

Author of Let the Great World Spin

INTRODUCING NARRATIVE 4 IRELAND

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5pm – 6pm

Millstream Common Room, University of Limerick

with

JOSEPH O’CONNOR: UL Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing and Honorary Member, N4

Narrative 4 (N4) is a global organisation that fosters empathy by breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes through the exchange of stories. Headed by the world’s most influential artists, educators, students and community advocates, N4 is committed to developing the next generation of empathetic leaders and citizens.

Originally founded by over 100 writers from around the world, including Michael Ondaatje, Gabriel Byrne, Ian McEwan, Sting, Chimamanda Adichie, Michael Cunningham and Edna O’Brien. The organisation is based on the simple idea that by knowing the story of another, we are able to better understand each other. When listening to stories, we suspend argument, engage our emotions, and, walking in the shoes of another, experience compassion.

N4 currently promotes stories as an agent of change and a framework for understanding by:

  • Creating a working arts leadership network by regularly convening a diverse group of authors and other advisors who are leaders in their field to exchange ideas
  • Offering N4 designed and supported accreditation workshops in order to effectively roll out the Narrative 4 model internationally
  • Presenting story-based art experiences direct to the public(during literary festivals, author events, writing workshops, songwriter performances, and more)
  • Partnering with N4 advisors, community leaders and humanistic organizations from around the world to create a “boomerang” effect, presenting their work to audiences everywhere, while extending the work of N4 to their communities

Please join us for a reception and public interview with Colum McCann at the Millstream Common Room, University of Limerick, Wednesday November 5th, 5 pm – 6 pm.  [rsvp to claire.ryan@ul.ie by Monday 3rd November]

Win! Win! Win! New Competition Launched!

Cover-TTOIAWe’re delighted to announce a competition we’ll be running over the next couple of weeks.

Professor Joseph O’Connor – the Chair of Creative Writing in UL – has very generously donated three signed copies of his bestselling new book ‘The Thrill of It All’ to the Ogham Stone Literary and Arts Journal.

These would make the ideal Christmas gift for anybody who has a love of Irish literature or even their own fond rock and roll memories!

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win a signed copy is fulfil one of the following tasks:

  • Follow us on Facebook and share any of our posts on the competition

OR

  • Follow us on Twitter and retweet any of our tweets about the competition

We’ll announce the winners when we close our call for submission in a couple of weeks.

Good luck and don’t forget to get your poetry, prose or fiction submissions to us asap!

See below for just a tiny taster of the critical praise heaped on ‘The Thrill of it All’!

“O’Connor writes with such passion, such precision, such beautiful sentences, with such an ear for language and with such knowledge and hilarity that this book could only come from an extremely gifted Rock’n’Roll obsessive. A BRILLIANT AND VITAL DOCUMENT.”

BOB GELDOF

“A valentine to that endangered species, the rock and roll band, and a homage to the magic produced by humans playing music in a room.”

IRISH TIMES

“Completely amazing. So funny you have to put it down to laugh. Then very moving.”

JOHN BOYNE, AUTHOR OF THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS.

“Evocative and vibrant, poignant and witty”

PRESS ASSOCIATION

“A brilliantly conceived and touching novel.”

SUNDAY MIRROR

“Exuberantly funny”

IRISH INDEPENDENT

“This book is a must.”

Daily Express