Writing.ie is an online magazine site for writers and readers of all ages – if you are an author and feel you could contribute to our Resources pages, or would like to discuss your genre in our Magazine section do please get in touch! If you have a book review you can upload it directly to the site for approval, or if you are an author and feel there is any other part of the site you can contribute to, drop us an email. If you have a literary event, reading or book launch coming up, tell our visitors about it – we have thousands every week – it’s free to add events and a backlink from writing.ie will help your site visability. Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org if your enquiry is urgent by phone to 087 2835382. Writing.ie is about all about reading, writing and you – we welcome your suggestions. At the moment we have a strong fiction offering but we are particularly keen to hear from poets, song writers, screen & script writers, and writers who write in the Irish Language who can contribute to the site.
Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin
Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin who is also the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award winning and best selling authors to publication. Vanessa conceived and developed the National Emerging Writer Programme for Dublin City of Literature, and was the lead consultant and presenter for WritersWebTV bringing free, live, online workshops to writers worldwide. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors. Listen out for her on Sunshine 106.8fm’s Saturday Morning Show. Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. She is represented by Simon Trewin at WME and writes crime as Sam Blake. The first of her Cat Connolly thriller trilogy LITTLE BONES was published in May 2016 and hit the bestseller list, spending 8 weeks in the Top 10 with 4 weeks at No. 1. IN DEEP WATER, book 2 of the trilogy came out in April 2017 and book 3 NO TURNING BACK will be out in Ireland in May 2018. The trilogy will be available in audio from early 2018 and Film/TV rights have been sold. Contact Vanessa: email@example.com
Adrian is Writing.ie’s online editor and content master. He is also an expert Editorial Consultant for The Inkwell Group. providing detailed readers reports as well as consultancy for independent publishers. Adrian worked for Eason’s for many years, rising to become Head of Buying and Marketing for Books. From 2007 to 2016, he worked for Dubray Books as Head of Business Development. Adrian’s first novel, An Accident Waiting to Happen, was published in print by Penguin Books in 2004, described by The Bookseller as ‘Extraordinarily engaging and sensitive, wringing one’s emotions.’ In 2006, Penguin also published his second novel, Where the Rain Gets In. His third novel, Dancing to the End of Love was published by Black & White Publishing of Edinburgh in 2016. In 2011, the rights to his first two novels reverted to Adrian and he published them digitally through Smashwords and Kindle Direct Publishing, with An Accident Waiting to Happen charting in the Top 10 of Literary Fiction on Amazon UK. He also published an early version of Dancing to the End of Love through KDP with the sole intention of attracting a mainstream publisher. To coincide with the publication of Dancing to the End of Love, Adrian reprinted copies of his first two books through Kazoo Independent Publishing Services. He has attended writers’ residencies in California, Spain and Ireland and in 2009 was the Winner of a Metro Eireann Writing Award in a competition judged by Roddy Doyle.
Cathal Póirtéir was writing.ie’s Eagarthóir Gaeilge. Bhíodh cláir litríochta ar RTE Raidió 1 agus RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta faoina chúram aige ar feadh i bhfad agus tá sé ina bhunathóir agus ina chathaoirleach ar Aontas na Scríbhneoirí Gaeilge faoi láthair. Chomh maith lena chuid scríbhneoireachta féin, bhí sé mar eagarthóir ar bhailiúchán gearrscéalta (Scéalta san Aeir) agus díolam filíochta (Éigse an Aeir), ar chnuasaigh béaloidis (Glórtha ón Ghorta; Famine Echoes) agus léachtanna staire (The Great Irish Famine; Gnéithe den Ghorta). D’fhoilsigh RTE cuid dá chuid clár ar dhlúthdhioscaí (Blasket Island Reflections; Traditional Tales of Wonder; The Appeals of the Midnight Court) Cathal Póirtéir presented Comhluadar na Leabhar, the weekly book programme, broadcast on both RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTE Radio 1 for the past few years, wrote the bestselling book The Great Irish Famine (Mercier Press,) and researched and edited two compendia of famine folklore: Famine Echoes (Gill and Macmillan) and Glórtha ón Ghorta (Coiscéim). Cathal has also produced a number of spoken word CDs published by RTE including Blasket Island Reflections. His poetry collection Tonnchrith Intinne was nominated for an Irish Times Literary Award, and in 2012 Oireachtas na Gaeilge presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual media awards. He has also won gold and silver awards at the annual PPI awards. You can follow Cathal online, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Kate Dempsey runs writing.ie’s Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner. Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.
Paul Anthony Shortt
Paul Anthony Shortt is our current Really Useful Links columnist, believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.
Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie’s SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in Surge, an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’. You can follow Derek online, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Hazel Gaynor runs writing.ie‘s Carry on Writing blog and is an author and freelance writer. Her writing success has been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine and Irish Times and she was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers. She has also interviewed many authors for writing.ie, including Philippa Gregory and Sebastian Faulks. Hazel Gaynor’s 2014 debut THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME was a New York Times best seller and RNA Historical Romantic Novel of the Year. Her second novel A MEMORY OF VIOLETS was a WHSmith Travel ‘Fresh Talent’ pick. Her third novel for HarperCollins will be published in summer 2016. Hazel is also a contributor to WWI anthology A FALL OF POPPIES (coming 2016). Originally from Yorkshire, she now lives in Ireland with her husband and two children. Hazel is represented by Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management, New York. To keep up-to-date with Hazel’s news, visit her website www.hazelgaynor.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/
Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10–12, The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.
Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland – including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am – and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station – a live writing installation.
Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.
Born in Dublin, Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie’s Crime Scene blog. She began writing in 2006 when her youngest son turned thirteen. Since then, Louise has won the Jonathan Swift Award with her story Last Kiss. She was a winner in the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice Platform, short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for RTE Guide/Penguin short story competition. Louise has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. In May this year she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin Arts Council. Hachette Books Ireland bought Irish and UK Commonwealth rights for Louise’s debut psychological crime novel Red Ribbons, which was shortlisted in this year’s Irish Book Awards for Best Crime Novel of the Year 2012. Louise’s second novel The Doll’s House will be published in 2013. Red Ribbons centres on the abduction and murder of a 12-year-old school girl and the main character Kate Pearson, a criminal psychologist who is drafted in by the police to help them find the killer. Ciara Doorley of Hachette likened Phillips to Sophie Hannah and Tana French, and said: “Louise is a supremely talented writer. She subconsciously creates parallels between her characters, and this really challenges the reader. Her writing is tense, atmospheric and we’re really delighted to have launched this a new voice in Irish crime.” Emma Tobin Emma Tobin is writing.ie’s From the Front Row teen blogger, bringing you news and views for young writers of all ages. Emma is 19 and from Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland where she lives with her parents, one brother, two cats, a hamster and some fish. Emma writes prose, poetry and fiction and she is currently editing her first novel which has the working title ‘Specimen 941‘. Emma blogs at abcofbeingateenager.blogspot.ie. She is a member of the WriTeen Scene, a creative writing group for young people based in Newbridge, Co Kildare, and is a regular contributor to the arts show Artyfacts on KFM Radio in Kildare. Emma writes a monthly column for News and Views a local newsletter in Newbridge. In May 2013 Emma had a piece of her writing included in a new HeadSpace magazine for young people focusing on positive mental health. Her piece was called Blinking Out. In May 2013 Emma won the bronze medal in the National Mock Law Trials Finals for her role as TV Court Reporter. On Valentine’s Day 2013, Emma had an opinion piece on Love and Saint Valentine published in the Irish Times newspaper. Emma won the Kildare County Council Stories for the Ear Competition in 2012 for a piece of prose called Guardian Angel.
Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize’s she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison’s full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.