Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Y Books are looking for three new authors, fiction, non fiction and poetry for the New Big Book of Hope eBook. Find out how your work can be published with a host of
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The Irish are renowned for being a nation of story tellers. 
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This week on
markheffernanMany of you may have seen Mark Heffernan on RTE 1's Late Late Show. Last week Sam Blake met with Mark to find out exactly what it's like living with a death threat, why he hasn't gone into witness protection and how his book Dead Man Talking came to be. Win your copy of this landmark memoir, currently No.1 in the iBook chart, over at our competitions page.

There's magic, there's Harry aged 10 and there's a book that could come in very useful at Hogwarts - Harry's Magic Tables is the one book all our children need. The best ideas are the simplest and when Harry needed help to learn his times tables, his Mum, Stephanie stepped in. Then Harry stepped in to help her get it published...Stephanie told exactly how it all happened.
Win your copy of Harry's Magic Tables over at our competitions page!
  • Thinking about getting your book published?  Find out what the Alliance of the Indepdendent Authors can do for you. Launching at The London Book Fair, bestselling author turned Indie Orna Ross reveals what this non-profit organisation aims to do.
  • What do Stephen King and Sophie Kinsella have in common? They use pen names. Sarah Downey spoke to three Irish writers to find out their reasons for using use pen names, and how it all works. In The Name Game, Pen Names Exposed she reveals just what changing your name can do for your career.
  • Sheila Keily juggles six children, a career and has recently released a fabulous book of recipes Gimme The Recipe. How did she do it? Sheila explains all in Setting Goals and Making Time. You can win your copy at our competitions page!

It's competition time!
Enter our draw for your copy Mark Heffernan's Dead Man Talking and Sheila Keily's Gimme The Recipe - find out more at our competitions page
ybooksdynamicAs covered in The Sunday Times, The New Big Book of Hope is about to be launched as an eBook and Y Books are looking for three new authors to join celebrity authors including Dragons Den's Nora Casey, Bill Cullen and economist Jim Power plus international best sellers Monica McInerney, Claudia Carroll and Sinead Moriarty to name just a few. If you write fiction, non-fiction or poetry, this competition is for you! All royalties from the book and forty per cent of the entry fee go directly to The HOPE Foundation to assist in their vital work with the street childen of Kolcata, India. If you watched Slumdog Millionaire, you'll agree with Vikas Swarup that "this inspiring collection is a song of hope for the street children supported by the HOPE Foundation. It deserves every success." Visit our Competitions page for details.

Joe_PalmerTell Us Your Story

Waterford local, Joe Palmer, read his fabulous memory story Bon Voyage as part of the Tell Your Own Story event. For RTE Radio 1 John Murray listeners who heard Paddy Reid discussing his father and grandfather's wartime experiences, read his story Deserted here. Paddy read too at Tell Your Own Story, leaving few dry eyes in the house.
If you have a story to share with us and the National Folklore Archive, helping to build a first hand picture of Ireland's history, please send it in! Check out our Tell Your Own Story for how.

 And in our Guest Blogs...
Alison_Wells_2In Random Acts of Optimism Dr. Ailsa Cox, founder of the Edge Hill Prize guest posts on the origins and selection process of this prestigious prize for short story collections.

barry houlahan 2Barry Houlihan looks at Tiny Plays for Ireland, currently on at the Project Arts Centre, is staged by Fishamble in association with the Irish Times and puts recession Ireland firmly under the spotlight in a series of 25 new three-minute plays. Barry Houlihan looks at how these micro-plays really puts Ireland to task in Centre Stage.

CarenKennedy_Inkwell_2Caren Kennedy wonders, do you want to write for television? Get the inside track at Word Play

derek-flynnIn SongBook, Derek Flynn launches his debut CD at Waterford Writers' Weekend, but this week he looks at plot vs charactisation - it's a must read.

Hazel_Gaynor_blogHazel Gaynor is also speaking at Waterford Writers Weekend about The Girl Who Came Home, A Titanic Story on Sunday this week - she joins international bestselling author and journalist Martina Devlin Taling Titanic. Find out more on Carry on Writing!
 On From the Front Row, ER_Murray_233x350Editor Declan Flynn reports from The History Press launch of A Parachute In The Lime Tree

lou_ptwitterLouise Phillips talks to Amazon best seller Mel Sherratt in Crime Scene and finds out how she is Tauting the Dead


Tell Us Your Story
We looking for your submissions of personal essays in the Monday Miscellany, Mining Memories and Writing & Me sections! See what we have there now and check here for full submission guidelines:

We are working with the National Folklore Collection in UCD to preserve selected submissions to these sections to add to their rich archive.

  About has been developed by Vanessa O'Loughlin with vital support from the Arts Council.
Vanessa is a publishing consultant and runs Inkwell Writers Workshops, one of Ireland's leading publishing consultancies. She is PRO for Irish PEN and a member of Publishing Ireland.

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