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The Ogham Stone: Launches in UL!

After a very successful launch in Dooliln in February, the Ogham Stone will now launch in UL with a reading from School of Culture & Communication Writer-in-Residence, Julian Gough! 
Millstream Common Room: March 7th: 5pm
With Refreshments!

Women in Media
Current Issues in Irish Media Seminar Series

UL’s journalism department marks International Women’s Day with panel discussion involving a number of women working in high profile media roles.

SPEAKERS
Cathy Halloran, RTE’s Mid west correspondent,
Gillian Devlin, Head of News Limerick’s Live 95FM,
Fiona Stack, General Manager, Radio Kerry,
Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing and Communications
Limerick City and County Council,
Tara Giddens, PhD candidate, UL

Wednesday March 8th (International Women’s Day) 2pm - 4pm in Millstream Common Room

FYP's : New Media and English: Week 6 Submission

All students of New Media & English, please submit your FYP's to ER3019 by 4pm Thursday 2 March 2017.

Words Ireland Writers Series

Meeting for Professional Writers, University of Limerick | Limerick

Free entry: this event is for writers that earn or aspire to earn some or all of their income from writing.

Format: panel discussion (50 mins) break (10 mins), followed by a public meeting open to writers in the audience (up to 50 mins). Refreshments provided.

Panelists: Niall WIlliams, Donal Ryan, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, and Stephen Murray 

Details: Words Ireland is hosting a series of nationwide public meetings for professional and practising writers to hear how writers sustain their careers. We want to begin a national debate on the future of literature resourcing and funding in Ireland.

Which opportunities make creative and financial sense? Which types of writing work open doors to further opportunities? Which supports are you lacking and which are a waste of time? We’ll find out from a panel of experienced professional writers from across the genres who will also address issues relating to income, royalties, writers fees, and more.

After the panel discussion, we’ll be giving you – the writers in the audience – the opportunity to have your voices heard. Come prepared with practical improvements and new ideas for the literature sector in an event which will undoubtedly generate lively discussion and debate among the writers, poets, and children’s authors present.

This event is being run in association with the MA in Creative Writing at University of Limerick. 

See: www.wordsireland.ie

UL’s Literary Journal The Ogham Stone to be Launched at Doolin Writers’ Weekend

The 2017 edition of The Ogham Stone, the literary journal produced at the University of Limerick, will be launched as part of Doolin Writers’ Weekend on 4th February at 8pm. UL’s new Writer-in-Residence Julian Gough will officiate, and there will be readings by contributors on the night.
The Ogham Stone 2017 showcases new Irish writing and art, with contributions by, among others, Joseph O’Connor, Marie Cadden, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Richard Smyth, Mike Gallagher and Jaki McCarrick.
It is produced by the students of the MA in Creative Writing and MA in English, School of Culture and Communication, UL. The journal will be on sale at the launch at the special discounted price of €10 and will also be available shortly for download and in local bookstores.
Further information on the Doolin Writers’ Festival can be found at: http://doolinfestivals.ie/.
The Ogham Stone editorial team can be contacted as follows:

Email: oghamstoneul@gmail.com
Web: https://theoghamstoneul.com/
Twitter: @TheOghamStone
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oghamstoneul/

Script Viewing

Script Viewing will take place on January 31 & Feb 1 in the school office ER3019
To apply to view your scripts, click here. Please complete and return to niamh.osullivan@ul.ie
A time slot and date will then be allocated to you by email.

Please Note: Closing Date is 4pm  on Friday 27 January 2017.

Breaking News

The Culture & Communication School Office has now moved to ER3019, Engineering Building, UL!

Opening of New Broadcast Journalism Studio

The School of Culture & Communication welcome the opening of a new broadcast journalism studio facility in the library basement. It was officially launched by Adjunct Professor of Journalism Bryan Dobson today, Tuesday 15 Nov 2016. The studio is packed full of new and exciting broadcasting equipment from green screens to auto queue machines!

MA in Journalism Student joins Limerick Leader Staff

Well done to Maria Flannery, who is one of our talented MA graduates this year!
A big congratulations to Maria Flannery, who has joined the Limerick Leader as a staff journalist. Maria is from Kildimo and is an MA Journalism graduate.

Ba mhór ag foireann Léann na Gaeilge tú a bheith i láthair ag Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge.  

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge: Léacht 4: 11 Samhain 2016, 10:00, MC2-005

Aoichainteoir: Jerry White, Canada Research Chair in European Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Three Kinds of Small Cinemas: Irish-speaking Ireland, Catalonia, Georgia.’

Fáilte roimh chách!

Seimineáir Léann na Gaeilge, organised by Léann na Gaeilge, School of Culture and Communication, are a series of lectures and group discussions about Irish language and literature. All of this semester’s lectures and discussions, with the exception of Léacht 4, will be conducted through the medium of Irish. All are welcome!

An Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge: D1050 15.00-17.00 3 Samhain 2016 

Beidh Pádraig Ó Mianáin, eagarthóir an Fhoclóra Nua Béarla-Gaeilge (focloir.ie), agus baill eile fhoireann an fhoclóra, ag labhairt faoi obair an fhoclóra agus faoi ghairm na foclóireachta agus iad i mbun ceardlainne Déardaoin 3 Samhain 2016, 15.00-17.00 i seomra D1050. Míneofar cur chuige an fhoclóra - úsáid corpas, roghnú focal, ceisteanna faoin gCaighdeán agus faoi ghairm na foclóireachta - agus beidh ceardlann ghearr ann chun an cur chuige a léiriú. Beidh fáilte roimh gach uile dhuine.

[Dr. Pádraig Ó Mianáin, Editor of the New English-Irish Dictionary and members of the dictionary staff will being speaking about the national dictionary project (focloir.ie) and leading a short workshop to illustrate their work - use of copora, word and term selection, questions about

Standard usage and about the lexicography profession on Thursday 3 November, 15.00-17.00 in D1050. The session will be conducted in Irish. All are welcome.]

The MA Festive Arts is delighted to present a series of events around Writing for Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle

Critical responses and reflections are crucial for the development of any cultural sector. Reviews, critique and written responses play an essential role in the visual arts, music, dance and theatre, providing a space for reflection and development, as well as an archive of work carried out for future researchers to trace and explore. In Ireland, we need to develop a strong traditional of critical response to street arts, circus and spectacle. Outdoor arts are integral to our cultural life, from the magic of the Macnas parades to the spectacular performances that take place during the Waterford Spraoi festival each year. Outdoor arts animate our streets, towns and cities, they engage with and creatively explore public spaces, and they connect with audiences from all walks of life. In order to contribute to the development of a culture of writing about, reviewing and reflecting on these essential, exciting and innovative art forms, the MA Festive Arts programme is presenting a series of events, free to all, on the subject with a range of international and national invited speakers. The event includes a session on arts journalism with Irish cultural critic, Cristín Leach, frequent contributor to the Sunday Times Ireland.

These seminars are open to all, and will be of interest to art critics, writers, performing artists, academics.

Space is limited at certain events, so please book using the Eventbrite link to reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/writing-for-street-arts-circus-and-spectacle-tickets-28395229897

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New AHSS publication on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools

Dr Ann Marcus Quinn (School of Culture and Communication) and Dr Triona Hourigan have written a new book Handbook on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools, published by Springer.

This book guides the adoption, design, development and expectation of future digital teaching and learning projects/programs in K12 schools. It provides a series of case studies and reports experiences from international digital teaching and learning projects in K12 education. The book also furnishes advice for future school policy and investment in digital teaching and learning projects. Finally, the book provides an explanation of the future capacity and sustainability of digital teaching and learning in K12 schools.

Ann Marcus-Quinn is a lecturer at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Limerick. She received her B.A. In Media and Communication Studies, Masters in Technical Communication and PhD in Education from the University of Limerick. Triona Hourigan is a teacher and researcher employed by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland. She received her B.A. in Language and Cultural Studies, Masters in French,  PhD in Education and Grad. Dip in Education from the University of Limerick. Prior to joining the Department of Education and Skills, she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the area of ICT in Education at the University of Limerick.

Link: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319338064

New publication, Women Writing War

UCD Press have just announced the publication of Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922, edited by Tina O'Toole, Gillian McIntosh & Muireann O’Cinnéide. The book will be launched in UL on 25th November by Professor Patricia Coughlan (UCC).

The collection is the outcome of a collaborative international project on women’s writing and conflict. Initiated with funding and support from the UL-NUIG Gender ARC, the first working group was convened in UL by Dr Tina O’Toole and Professor Meg Harper, who later hosted a 2012 conference ‘Behind the Lines: Women, War and Letters’ in collaboration with colleagues at NUIG and Queen’s Belfast. The conference brought experts in the field from eleven countries to UL.

Women’s literary expressions of war have long been neglected and at times forgotten in Irish scholarship. In Women Writing War many of these forgotten women, and their writings from the 1880–1922 period, are brought to the fore. The women themselves are revealed as active cultural producers and agents, deeply invested in the political and military struggles of their day. From the Land Wars to the Boer Wars, from the First World War to the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War, the diverse range of topics in this thought-provoking volume explore the relationship between women and conflict.

Historian Margaret Ward, whose groundbreaking study Unmanageable Revolutionaries (1993) detailed women’s active engagement during the Irish revolutionary period, comments on the book:

'Using little known or completely unknown texts, the contributors to this volume have not only brought to light many unjustly forgotten women, they have also demonstrated how much can be gleaned from intelligent, ideologically-aware analysis of literary sources.  In so doing, they provide us, collectively, with a multi-layered, intersectional portrayal of women who sought to make a difference to the society in which they lived. Through their various experiences as women living in turbulent times, they provide us with new ways of understanding those times.'

http://www.ucdpress.ie/display.asp?K=9781910820117&sf1=keyword&st1=women+writing+war&sort=sort_date%2Fd&x=0&y=0&m=2&dc=8

Great event happening in Limerick
31Oct - 1Nov, Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish & German Lit, Film & Culture
Irish Centre of Transnational Studies (Mary Immaculate College) and Centre of Irish-German Studies (University of Limerick) in collaboration with the Irish World Academy for Music & Dance, the National Dance Crchive of Ireland the School of Culture & Communication and the School of Design (University of Limerick)

Reading & Talk by Author Anne Enright

We at UL's Creative Writing programme are delighted to announce that Anne Enright, Man Booker Prizewinner and inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, will give a reading from her work and a lecture on the Irish writer Maeve Brennan, at the University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School (Theatre KBG 12), on Thursday October 6th starting at 6.30 pm. Anne Enright will be introduced by UL's Writer in Residence, multiple award-winning Donal Ryan.

Tickets are free but we anticipate strong demand, so do please note that booking is required.

If you wish to forward the details to those you feel might be interested, please do.

RSVP by 30 September NOT TO UL but to Jen Coppinger, Project Manager for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, at laureate.irishfiction@artscouncil.ie

Congratulations Dr. Maggie O'Neill

Congratulations to English@UL's Dr Maggie O'Neill who was recently conferred with a UL Diploma in Teaching & Learning, with first class honours. Maggie will visit Umea University in Sweden this term, as part of our Erasmus teaching exchange programme. She will deliver lectures as part of the Language Festival Programme, a professional development programme for teachers in Sweden

Congratulations Tracy McAvinue

Congratulations to Tracy McAvinue, who recently graduated from the BA English & History with first class honours. Achieving straight As in her final year, Tracy was awarded the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences medal for first place in the Faculty at the recent conferrals. She is now taking the MA English at UL.

Dr Tina O’Toole winner of UL Excellence in Teaching Award 2016

We are delighted to announce that Dr Tina O’Toole (School of Culture & Communication) has been selected as overall winner in the University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award 2016.

The decision to select Tina O’Toole as the overall award winner is based on a range of indicators that define her as a truly exceptional teacher: The extraordinary rapport, connection and engagement she establishes with her students; the ways in which she creates a supportive but also challenging and rigorous learning environment; her conscientious emphasis on feedback, learning enhancement, impact and on her own professional development as a teacher were all highlighted as outstanding. Perhaps most importantly, Tina has distinguished herself by virtue of her own substantial expertise within her discipline and by pursuing a research-led approach to her teaching that brings her subject alive both within and beyond her classroom contexts.

Huge congratulations to all of those finalists and winners. These teachers are a source of great pride to UL and to our teaching, learning and scholarly missions. Their positive impact on the learning of their students is impossible to measure fully, but clearly there is much to learn from their approaches, and much to be inspired by from their commitment.

As the overall winner, Tina will receive her award during August conferring. In addition all the finalists and faculty winners will be recognised and celebrated at a campus event later this year. We will look forward to applauding and learning from these innovative, engaging and impactful approaches to teaching.

International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual Conference

The Faculty of AHSS was well-represented at this summer’s conference of the International Association for Media and Communication research annual conference in Leicester. Participants included Dr Fergal Quinn, Dr Henry Silke, Kathryn Hayes and Audrey Galvin  (School of Culture & Communication). Attendance was funded by the AHSS and School of Culture and Communications. Dr Quinn presented a paper entitled “Democratic surplus: How ideas about democracy interact with journalism teaching in a developing world context and the implications of this for journalism practice”
Dr Silke co-presented with Professor  Paschal Preston (Dublin City University, Ireland): Socio-Economic Inequalities and Communication Studies . He also co presented with Ciara Graham (Institute of Technology Tallaght) a paper entitled: Framing Privatisation: The dominance of neo-liberal discourse and the death of the public good.

For further information: Web: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016

The Irish Renaissance Seminar

The Irish Renaissance Seminar meets twice a year in Irish universities to discuss early modern literature, history, and culture. On November 5th 2016 the University of Limerick will host the seminar for the first time. The theme will be “Early Modern Outsiders, Exiles, and Outlaws”, and the event is supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies, the School of Culture and Communication, UL, and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UL. The event will be held under the auspices of the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum (https://emslimerick.wordpress.com).

For further details please contact Dr Carrie Griffin (carrie.griffin@ul.ie). 

LADY GREGORY-YEATS AUTUMN GATHERING 2016

Fri 30 Sept – Sun 02 Oct. OPEN TO PUBLIC (oh, and bats too!!!). Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the programme
All events on Friday are FREE OF CHARGE
For further information:
Marion Cox, 1 Kiltiernan East, Kilcolgan, Co Galway.
Email: monaleen@msn.com
Website:  www.autumngathering.com

Aonad Na Gaeilge

Evening Courses

Our Autumn schedule of evening courses will commence this month. Classes run one evening a week for two hours and are 10 weeks in duration. Cost is €125 (except the cúrsa cruinnis €100). There are reduced rates available for full-time UL students - please enquire.
The levels offered this Autumn are:

  • Complete Beginners: for those with no prior knowledge of Irish, those born outside Ireland or for those who received an exemption from Irish at school. Commencing Tuesday 27/9/2016 @ 19.00-21.00.
  • Elementary: for those who did Irish at school but feel that they need to return to the basics. Commencing Tuesday 27/9/2016 @ 19.00-21.00
  • Intermediate: for those who had a good standard of Irish at school. Participants will be out of practice but also looking for a challenge. Commencing Thursday 22/9/2016 @ 19.00-21.00
  • Cúrsa Cruinnis: is rang gramadaí é seo. Díríonn an rang seo ar an gcruinneas sa Ghaeilge scríofa agus sa Ghaeilge labhartha. Ag tosú Déardaoin 22/9/2016 @ 17.00-18.30

To register: Fill out the  online form
Call Ciara on 061 234 754 with your card payment details.

Woman and Ageing Research

Visit the Women and Ageing Research Network blog to read about a writing workshop dedicated to a special journal issue on women and ageing in Irish literature and film. This event was hosted by Dr Maggie O'Neill (School of Culture & Communication) and Dr Michaela Schrage-Fruh (School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics) and facilitated by Dr Ide O'Sullivan (Regional Writing Centre). The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme
For more details https://womenandageing.wordpress.com/women-and-ageing-writers-retreat-10-june-2016/