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A blog by ERMurray

Here at the From the Front Row blog we bring you news literally from the Front Row – were you at a great literary event? Have you news of a launch? Let us know about it!

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.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com

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A Perfect Musical Equation – #DerekFest2012

Posted by ERMurray on 11 April 2012.

Great music + inspirational lyrics = great songwriting Or at least, that’s what you’d expect when the singer is also a talented fiction writer and prolific blogger. Thankfully, that’s exactly what Derek Flynn delivered in the Long Stone pub recently, surrounded by an army of twitter fans and friends, eager to hear his first album unleashed. After a successful launch as part of Waterford Writers Weekend, Derek brought his affable acoustic rock to Dublin. In...

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Workshops at Waterford Writers Weekend

Posted by ERMurray on 2 April 2012.

Guest blogger Jean Turbidy brings a flavour of Waterford Writers Weekend (23rd-25th March) to The Front Row and reveals just what magic can be made at writer’s workshops… Waterford Writers’ Weekend 2012 came to a close at Christ Church Cathedral to what I now feel is Waterford’s anthem ‘Come the Sails.’ This is a poem by John Ennis, put to music by Sue Furlong. The lines are still ringing in my ears: Unfurl the sailing...

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A Parachute in the Lime Tree Launch in London

Posted by ERMurray on 18 March 2012.

The History Press Editor Declan Flynn reports from the tantalising launch of A Parachute in the Lime Tree by Irish author Annemarie Neary, held in London last week. A feast for the senses, this was a book launch with a difference… Tuesday night saw the launch of A Parachute in the Lime Tree by Annemarie Neary. This is the second fiction title to come from History Press Ireland and it has really set us on our way.  The launch...

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Social Media Training: On the other side

Posted by ERMurray on 7 March 2012.

I often write reviews of other people’s events but thought I’d offer something from my own experience as a trainer. Over the last year, I’ve been travelling around Ireland and Northern Ireland to various Literary/Arts Centres on a quest to help writers and artists unravel the mysteries of social media, so they can start to build an online profile. Now, although self-promotion is not the only ingredient for writerly success, it’s an essential part of today’s...

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Michael Murphy’s Collected Poems Launched

Posted by ERMurray on 21 February 2012.

Sarah Maria Griffin was at The Gutter Bookshop in Cow’s Lane Dublin to bring us a front row report on the launch of the late Michael Murphy’s collected poems… The Gutter in Temple Bar, on Friday night was awake with a close and soft atmosphere, as the family, friends and admirers of late poet Michael Murphy gathered to celebrate the launch of his collected works, as published by Shoestring Press. The collection has already earned...

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Launch of The Shoestring Club

Posted by ERMurray on 15 February 2012.

In a packed room, filled with some of Ireland’s top commercial writing talent, glasses chinked as best selling womne’s fiction author Sarah Webb launched her twenty third book! Actress Pauline McGlynn of Father Ted fame was there to do the honours, and did not disappoint with a speech that had the whole room laughing. A writer herself, about to appear at The Gaiety, it was clear that she knew Sarah Webb extremely well and her...

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The History Press Launches The Scarlet Ribbon

Posted by ERMurray on 9 February 2012.

The Scarlet Ribbon is the stunning first release from The History Press… Hodges Figgis was the perfect location to launch The Scarlet Ribbon – a beautiful historic building on Dublin’s Dawson Street for an amazing historical novel. In a packed upper floor Michael O’Dowd eloquently revealed how The Scarlet Ribbon had come about…as a medical historian who had spent 14 years writing  two massive non-fiction books, it was his wife Christina who first suggested he collaborate with his journalist daughter...

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Tyranny in Becket Review

Posted by ERMurray on 7 December 2011.

TYRANNY IN BECKETT: FOUR PLAYS BY SAMUEL BECKETT, DIRECTED BY CATHAL QUINN AND PERFORMED BY MOUTH ON FIRE THEATRE COMPANY Smock Alley Boys School, Temple Bar, Dublin, 15-20 November 2011 CATASTROPHE, ROUGH FOR RADIO II (European Premiere), AS THE STORY WAS TOLD (World Premiere), WHAT WHERE There was little I knew about Beckett as a student. Not that he was an athlete that he was at all humorous, or that had been awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Médaille de la Résistance by the...

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The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2011

Posted by ERMurray on 23 November 2011.

The Irish Book Awards are the highlight of the year for the Irish book industry. An opportunity for authors, publishers, booksellers, agents, editors and media folk get together to celebrate all that is brilliant about Irish writing. This year, always, The Bord Gais Energy Book Awards 2011 was an evening of glitter, glamour and gravitas, that for the first time was filmed by RTE. In what was one of the best attended Award ceremonies, The...

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Report from the Launch of Mire Mhac an tSaoi’s The Miraculous Parish

Posted by ERMurray on 27 October 2011.

Sarah Griffin attended the Launch of Máire Mhac an tSaoi’s new bi-lingual collection of poems Miraculous Parish The venue, George’s Hall in Dublin Castle, was breathtaking. Lavish, but not in such a way that it is intimidating. The reception area was generously stocked with free wine and bits to eat: the atmosphere was buzzing. I was thrilled to see such a huge turnout for a poetry event, let alone a bi-lingual poetry event. As the crowds...

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