Thursday, April 26, 2012

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This week on
A_June_of_Ordinary_Murders_Conor_BradyIn the 1880s the Dublin Metropolitan Police classified crime in two distinct classes. Political crimes were 'special', whereas theft, robbery and even murder, no matter how terrible, were 'ordinary'. Ex Irish Times editor Conor Brady takes us to Dublin and 1887 to reveal A June of Ordinary Murders just published by New Island. Bringing crime and history together, you can win your copy at our competitions page.
ehpicEamon Harrigan recently featured in the Over the Edge readings in Galway. His debut novel published by US digital publisher Solstice, is Irish noir fantasy, and draws on screenwriting skills learned in LA. Barry Houlihan met with Eamon to find out more.
alliancelogoThe Alliance of Independent Authors launched at the London Book Fair on 18th April. A global initiative by Irish author Orna Ross, one one its first meet-ups happened in Dublin's Central Hotel, appropriately in the Library Bar. Sarah Downey found out what it was all about...

susanrich American poet Susan Rich reveals exactly how your poetry can benefit from revision in It's Not What You Write, It's How You Re-write. Soon to facilitate Speaking Pictures: a workshop considering poetry and art, this week we're launchng another exciting competition with Anam Cara Writers and Artists Retreat - this time for poets! Click on our competitons page to find out how to win.

The South Circular is a new digital literary magazine that aims to show case new writing talent. Find out from editor and publisher Aoife Walsh exactly how it came about and what opportuities it offers for new writers...

Tell us your story...
emmaverlingDid you see our Mining Memories article from Emma Verling, taking 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...
barry houlahan 2Barry Houlihan had two tickets to give away for the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival - read his interview here with Artistic Director Brian Merriman  and leave your comment on his blog to enter our draw!

Kate Dempsey brings us a double post in Poetic License - an interview with poet Enda Coyle-Greene and in a guest post from poet Dave Lordan, we find out how creativity can be sparked in the classroom in Trizzards, Gizzards and Lady Gagazzards

Alison_Wells_2 Alison Wells explains why she's self published under the pen name AB Wells in Random Acts of Optimism.

derek-flynnDerek Flynn looks at how song writer Lou Reed influences writers in SongBook 

Hazel_Gaynor_blogIn Carry On Writing, Hazel Gaynor reviews the London Book Fair from an author's perspective.

CarenKennedy_Inkwell_2Caren Kennedy says watch, listen and learn if you want to write TV drama over at Word Play

Catherine_Ryan_HowardCatherine Ryan Howard invites Shauna Bickley to talk about her self publishing experience in Self Printed

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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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