The Elysian: Creative Responses
Eds. Graham Allen & Billy Ramsell (2017)
Paperback, ISBN 978-0-9935803-4-5
The Elysian: Creative Responses brings together established and emergent writers from Cork’s vibrant literary scene. Poets, fiction writers and essayists direct their creative lens on what is now, at least vertically, Cork’s standout architectural edifice. The result is a fascinating glimpse into the imaginative culture of Cork over, and now in some ways, beyond, the period of the recent economic crisis.
Contributors include some major literary and critical figures, namely, Paul Casey, Patrick Cotter, Cónal Creedon, James Cummins, Kathy D’Arcy, Madeleine D’Arcy, Cal Doyle, Julie Field, Fergal Gaynor, Matthew Geden, Kevin Griffin, Sarah Hayden, Paul Hegarty, Joseph Horgan, Victoria Kennefick, Denis Linehan, Jennifer Matthews, Thomas McCarthy, Frank McDonald, Danielle McLaughlin, Conor McManus, Mary Morrissy, E. R. Murray, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Noonan, Colm Ó Ceallacháin, Billy O’Callaghan, Eimear Ryan, Susan Tomaselli, David Toms, and Rachel Warriner.
About the Editors
Graham Allen is Professor of English at University College Cork, Ireland. His critical works include Harold Bloom: A Poetics of Conflict (1994), Intertextuality (2000, 2nd Ed. 2011), Roland Barthes (2003), Mary Shelley (2008) and A Reader’s Guide to Frankenstein (2008). He was winner of the 2010 Listowel Poetry Prize and has been shortlisted for various awards, including the Listowel First Collection Prize 2008, the Crashaw Poetry Prize for 2013, the 2014 Fool for Poetry Prize, and the Shine/Strong First Collection Prize 2015. His collections of print poetry, The One That Got Away (2014) and The Madhouse System (2016), are published by New Binary Press.
Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. He has published two collections of poetry with the Dedalus Press, Complicated Pleasures in 2007 and The Architect’s Dream of Winter in 2013, which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. He was awarded the Chair of Ireland Bursary for 2013 and the Poetry Ireland Residency Bursary for 2015. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals and literary events around the world. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company.
“Tower of inspiration for Cork writers”, by Marjorie Brennan, in the Irish Examiner, January 2018