Frank O’Connor Event in University College Cork, 10th March 2016

On Thursday 10th March 2016 University College Cork marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Frank O’Connor. With the support of the Irish Research Council, UCC School of English continues its exploration of the significance of O’Connor’s life and writings for our understanding of early twentieth-century Ireland in national and transnational terms. A major figure in both critical and creative contexts, Frank O’Connor was born Michael O’Donovan in Cork in 1903. He went on to be one of the foundational writers and theorists of the short story in the twentieth century, though as critics we have yet to fully chart the significance of O’Connor as writer, translator, autobiographer, playwright and letter writer, in Ireland and America.

The day features papers on O’Connor by Dr Paul Delaney (TCD), Dr. Ellen McWilliams (University of Exeter), Prof. Frank Shovlin (University of Liverpool) and Prof. Alan Titley (UCC).

A group of distinguished Irish and American writers also gather to mark the event: Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Danielle McLaughlin, Mary Morrissy, and Brendan Matthews will read from a selection of O’Connor stories and discuss his craft and technique.

The day concludes with a public lecture in UCC by Fintan O’Toole, on the topic of ‘The Normal Heart: Frank O’Connor’s Ordinary Lives’.

Full details including timetable and list of papers here: