Bishopstown writers showcase suburban talent at Cork Culture Night

Five authors — all of them with strong links to Bishopstown — are to appear at a special evening dedicated to writing and writers in the Cork suburb as part of the city’s Culture Night celebrations on September 18.

The Cork Writers Emerging and Emerged event aims to encourage wannabe writers and highlight the success of the Wilton and Bishopstown Writer’s Groups, and the Bishopstown Library, in fostering the talent of so many local authors, says Breda Hassett, Executive Librarian at Bishopstown Library.

“The five authors will be talking about their recently published works and their writing experiences, in terms of their inspiration, their motivation and their love of the written word,” said Ms Hassett.

Authors Joe Sweeney and Patrick Reidy, who started the Wilton and Bishopstown Writers groups in Bishopstown Library, had also encouraged many aspiring writers to pursue their craft over the years, she added.

Mr Sweeney is an award-winning writer, author of Tilting at Windmills, and Chairman of the Wilton Writers’ group. Mr Reidy, who is chairman of the Bishopstown Writer’s Group, is currently at work on a book of short stories, A Cocktail of Tales.

Both men will join Colm Scully, a member of the Wilton Writers Group and author of a recently published collection of poetry, What News.

Cork Writers Emerging and Emerged takes place at Bishopstown Library at 7pm.

The trio will be joined by other successful authors with links to the suburb —Philip Lecane and Jim McKeon, actor, playwright, and author of 14 books.

The Bishopstown Writers Group meets at the library every Thursday night at 6.30pm. The Wilton Writers Group meets in the Bishopstown Library every Tuesday at 3pm.


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