Gerard Stembridge will conduct a seminar on screenwriting with his former UCC students. He will also read from his upcoming novel What She Saw at Anna B’s Bookshop.

Gerard Stembridge, Film Artist in Residence at UCC last year, provided his students with script exercises as part of their course. At the end of the year they were encouraged to shoot the scripts in order to complete the circle. Entirely on their own time, four of them each produced a short film. Featuring these students as a panel, Gerard will moderate a discussion on short film scripts, show there work, focusing on the idea of how in essence, when it comes to scriptwriting, practice makes perfect.

Born in Limerick, Gerard Stembridge is a writer/director. His film work includes Guiltrip, About Adam, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Nora (co-written with Pat Murphy), and Alarm. He has also written for television, The Truth about Claire and Black Day at Black Rock. His theatre plays include, Love Child, The Gay Detective and That Was Then and he is well known for his radio work with Dermot Morgan (Scrap Saturday). He has published four novels to date, with a 5th to be released in the USA the weekend of the festival. Gerard will read from his latest novel What She Saw at the festival.

What She Saw is a taut, stylish thriller set over the course of twenty-four hours in Paris. The storied Hotel Chevalier on Paris’ ritzy Right Bank, hosts celebrities, dignitaries, and—for one night—Lana Gibson, an American woman who’s escaped the monotony of her staid married life for a cultural jaunt to the City of Light. As long as she takes her meds, she promises herself, her heightened curiosity and manic elation will stay under control.