Cúirt presents Conversations on Craft, a series of events to exercise the formal muscles of new and emerging writers at every stage of their development. A series of webinars with live Q&As, these events will see contemporary Irish writers take a forensic look at how some of the world’s best writers make their craft sing. These focused, illuminating discussions on form, structure and the creative process are not to be missed.

Maggie Nelson’s transgressive work challenges the taxonomies of poetry and prose, as it challenges conventional wisdom about gender, queerness, parenthood, consciousness and the body. A philosopher, a memoirist, an essayist, Nelson’s work has been celebrated by numerous major awards in the States, and enjoys a large and passionate readership on this side of the water. We are honoured to welcome her to Cúirt ahead of her new book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, due for publication in autumn 2021.

She is joined in conversation by poet, critic and academic Gail McConnell, whose debut full collection, The Sun is Open, will be published by Penned in the Margins in September 2021.

A number of subsidised places are available, please email info@cuirt.ie to request one.

This is a live event and will have a Q&A at the end.  If you’d like to ask a question, you can do so via the Zoom Webinar Q&A function.

Event Location

Online (Zoom)

Bookings will be taken via Eventbrite, with a link to the Zoom event being emailed to participants near to the day of the event. Please email us at info@cuirt.ie if you have not recieved a link within 48 hours of the event date.

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