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NYU and University of Limerick Launch Frank McCourt Summer Writing School

The late Frank McCourt was a hero of the Irish and Irish American literary scenes, emerging from carpentry to win the 1996 Pulitzer for Angela’s Ashes, a memoir from his childhood in Limerick.

Before becoming an author, McCourt worked for decades as a teacher in the New York public school system. So it’s only fitting that two institutions from the cities that shaped his life, Limerick and New York, have come together for a new project in his honour. who combines his two greatest passions, teaching and writing.

In July, the Faculty of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick will launch the first-ever Frank McCourt Summer School in Creative Writing at the beautiful Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, from July 7-10 inclusive.

The summer school will be led by renowned novelist and Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing, Professor Joseph O’Connor. It will feature faculty talent from the University of Limerick, including Joseph O’Connor, Donal Ryan, Giles Foden, Mary O’Malley, Sarah Moore-Fitzgerald and Eoin Devereux. In addition to creative writing workshops and lectures, the program will include a literary brunch and other social activities and a performance by Martin Hayes (The Gloaming).

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Announcing the Summer School, Professor O’Connor said: “2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Frank McCourt’s masterpiece, Angela’s Ashes, a book that became a worldwide hit, highlighting the unique relationship that exists between Ireland and the United States, particularly between Limerick and New York Frank’s story of two cities has been translated into dozens of languages, earning recognition of millions of readers. At UL’s new creative writing program, we wanted to pay tribute to him and his accomplishments in this special year. We are setting up a creative writing summer school based in New York in his name, bringing together his two great loves: teaching and writing.

He added, “In founding the UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School in New York, we had the immense help of so many people who loved Frank: his family and friends, his colleagues and collaborators. . We thank Ellen McCourt and Loretta Brennan Glucksman for their assistance with the project, Rose Hynes of the Shannon Airport Authority for their most generous sponsorship, Barbara Jones, our Consul in New York, the Department of Tourism and Commerce, the Irish Writers’ Center in Dublin, Gabriel Byrne, John McColgan and Moya Doherty, and our wonderful friends from the Irish Arts Center in New York and Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, which will host the school of summer in July. This project has seen UL work with many transatlantic friends and colleagues, to honor a great writer we consider one of our own and to highlight the exciting and innovative program we at UL Creative Writing are building in his name. .

The UL Frank McCourt Summer School is open to applications from those based in the United States and those wishing to travel from Ireland. A discount is offered for block bookings and a limited amount of scholarships are available.

The organizers emphasize that no previous creative writing experience is necessary – all it takes is enthusiasm!

Prior to the Summer School, UL and the Irish Arts Center in New York will host An Evening for Frank McCourt at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan on Sunday, June 26, featuring Gabriel Byrne, Jean Butler, Paul Muldoon, Maeve Higgins, Pierce Turner , Joseph O’Connor and others.

More details available here on the program website.