The Arts and their Audiences’ fourth workshop, Genius, is to be held on Friday 21 June.
Whether we like it or not within the academy, popular culture still thinks of the arts and the sciences in terms of great individual talents. The term may be old-fashioned, but our culture continues to identify, admire, and elevate something called ‘genius’. This workshop aims to bring together scholars from right across the university to explore the history and incidence of concepts of genius. We will be sharing current research and enthusiasms, generating a collective bibliography, and exploring the possibility of developing a funding bid for a series of short audio programmes supported by visuals housed on a companion website, provisionally entitled ‘A Short History of Genius’.
Further details can be obtained from Prof Nicola Watson, Department of English, Arts Faculty.
Maureen Boyle, tutor on Level 2 module Creative Writing, has won the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Writing Contest 2013
Novelist Molly McCloskey was the judge for the 810 entries to the competition. Maureen wins 1000 euros, and her memoir will appear in the 2013 Fish Anthology to be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2013, at which she is also invited to read.
According to the judge, Luscus by Maureen Boyle “is a memoir in which the author strikes a wonderful balance between absolute control of her material and the achievement of a lightness and fluidity, as though the writing of it were happening easily and naturally; in fact it’s a highly crafted piece of writing. The author tells of losing an eye in a childhood accident; of the man who made her the succession of eyes that, as she grew, replaced her own; and of the world of doctors’ offices, with their wooden trays of eyes. The prose is restrained and unshowy and yet moves with a quiet power; with a wonderful concreteness, it roots us in the experience. The ending, about so much more than the narrator, the doctor, or the story at hand, moved me to tears.”