Thursday, April 19, 2012

This week on

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This week on
We have the results of the Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat Short Fiction Competition! With entrants from every corner of the world, find out who has won their place in
award winning writer Vanessa Gebbie's workshop here.

Crime writer Anna Smith was in Dublin recently and Vanessa Baker caught up with her and asked her To Tell The Truth about the second book in her Rosie Gilmour series. Smith draws on the true investigations she conducted as an award-winning journalist in Glasgow to write fiction, here she reveals all...
Win your copy at our competitions page!

Brian Kennedy proves that self published authors can cross the threshold to mainstream publishers. With some sensational self publishing successes, the Exeter City fan explains how Just Follow the Floodlights came about.
Win your copy at our competitions page!

ciaraconlonIs fitting writing into your life proving a little chaotic? In from Chaos to Control, Ciara Conlon reveals her top tips for writers who need to fit so much into their lives.
flameandthecandleA book launch inspired Dominic Price to started digging into County Mayo local history, and it resulted in his own book The Flame and the Candle, out now with The Collins Press. Here he gives readers his top research tips, ideal whether you are writing fiction or non fiction. And you can win a copy at our competitions page!
mousetrappedIn Part Five of our Where I Write series, self publishing sensation Catherine Ryan Howard reveals how a move has changed her writing life!

Tell us your story...
emmaverlingIn Mining Memories this week Emma Verling takes us back to her childhood with some evocative images in Cathair Caim, a memoir.
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...

From the Front Row, ER_Murray_233x350Elizabeth Rose Murray reports from the lauch of the fabulous Listowel Writers Festival

barry houlahan 2In  Centre Stage Barry Houlihan looks at a new Irish language play by Beckett.

Kate_DempsyKate Dempsey discovers the 'I' persona in Poetic License.

CarenKennedy_Inkwell_2Caren Kennedy looks at Writing for drama for television in  Word Play

Alison_Wells_2 In Random Acts of Optimism Alison Wells discusses her favourite short story by Claire King.

derek-flynnDerek Flynn recounts the continuing adventures of Do You Dream at All in SongBook 

lou_ptwitterLouise Phillips tells us about her a short story in the New Island anthology Another Road in Crime Scene


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.

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Vanessa is a publishing consultant and runs The Inkwell Group, Ireland's leading publishing consultancy. She is Vice Chair of Irish PEN , and Irish Adviser to The Alliance of Independent Authors and a member of Publishing Ireland.

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