Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist, gave a rare public reading at the University of Limerick yesterday evening.  Invited and introduced by Professor Joseph O’Connor, UL’s Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing, Ford read from his latest book, a quartet of overlapping stories, Let Me Be Frank With You and took questions from full-to-capacity audience of over 350 members of the public who took full advantage of the opportunity to quiz the world renowned best-selling author.

The event was Mr Ford’s first ever visit to Limerick and was co-sponsored by the University of Limerick Arts office and Limerick City and County Arts Office.

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairperson of the University of Limerick Foundation greeted Richard Ford to the UL campus through a letter of welcome stating “Lew and I began our Irish adventure in Limerick almost 30 years ago and are very proud of the magnificent university there today. I would so love to have the fun of seeing it through your eyes and although you have a first rate guide in Joe, I’d have a ball just tagging along. It would continue our Limerick luck if we could persuade you to become a regular visitor. Enjoy every moment & thank you for coming.” Loretta finished by pleading with Ford not to retire ‘Frank Bascomb’ the hero of his novels.

UL President Don Barry, added, “The University of Limerick is honoured to welcome world renowned best-selling author Richard Ford to the campus. We are delighted to have him read from his latest book, Let Me Be Frank With You, which is a brilliant new collection from a very talented author.”

Professor O’Connor commented “Richard Ford is one of the world’s leading writers in the English language, an author of immense range and importance. To host him here at UL is a pleasure and an honour.”

The second cohort of MA in Creative Writing students, have commenced their studies at UL.

The programme is taught by internationally successful authors including our Chair of Creative Writing, Professor Joseph O’Connor (author of the million-selling Star of the Sea), Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart) and Giles Foden, (The Last King of Scotland). The one-year programme enables students to develop their skills in creative writing through careful consideration of the work of established writers; through study of the elements of a piece of creative writing; through assignments that enable students to master strategies for revision of their work; and through an understanding of the requirements of the submission and publication process. Through coursework students consider the role of plot, characterization, dialogue, and point-of-view in crafting compelling fiction and drama.

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