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UCC appoints John Banville as Visiting Professor of Creative Writing

23 Aug 2019
John Banville will join the Creative Writing team in the School of English and Digital Humanities, where he will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Photo: Getty.

UCC’s School of English and Digital Humanities has announced the appointment of internationally-renowned writer John Banville as Visiting Professor of Creative Writing for the coming academic year.

Banville will join the Creative Writing team in the School of English and Digital Humanities, where he will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Creative Writing. He will also give two public readings. John Banville’s appointment is supported by an anonymous philanthropic donation to UCC.

Speaking about the announcement, Professor Lee M. Jenkins, Head of the School of English and Digital Humanities, said: "John Banville’s appointment as Visiting Professor of Creative Writing gives our students an unparalleled opportunity to learn from a master craftsman of the novel.

"The philanthropic gift that enables his Visiting Professorship will be critical in advancing Creative Writing at UCC and in enhancing UCC’s connections to creative communities in Cork city."

Hailed as the finest novelist writing in English today, Banville has been described as ‘a master, [an] artist in total control of his craft’ (The Times), and as ‘one of the great fictional stylists of our time’ (Spectator). He is the author of numerous novels, including the acclaimed ‘Frames’ and ‘Revolutions’ trilogies, and The Sea, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2005. His most recent novel, a continuation of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, is Mrs Osmond (2017).

Under the pen name of Benjamin Black, John Banville is also a distinguished writer of detective fiction, including the Quirke series, the first three books of which were televised by the BBC, and The Black-Eyed Blonde, a Philip Marlowe novel commissioned by the Raymond Chandler Estate. His many accolades include the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, and the Ordine della Stella d’Italia.

UCC’s School of English and Digital Humanities is ranked among the top 150 departments for English in the QS World University Rankings. The School is committed to providing excellent research-led teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as enriching cultural and intellectual life, nationally and locally, through research, publications and public engagement.

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