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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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Irish PEN event: Writing for Children and Young People

Posted by ERMurray on 17 October 2011.

Chaired by author Sarah Webb, and with a stellar panel consisting of; Puffin Ireland editor, Paddy O’Doherty, children’s book writer and illustrator Oisin McGann, literary agent Julia Churchill and debut novelist Anna Carey, this was an extremely informative, yet fun, evening for anyone interested in writing for children and young people. The audience consisted mainly of new writers, including students from Sarah’s creative writing class at the Irish Writers Centre, but there were plenty of established writers also in attendance including Judi...

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Book Launch: Michelle Jackson’s 4am in Las Vegas

Posted by ERMurray on 12 October 2011.

Michelle Jackson launches her latest book, 4am in Las Vegas, at Hughes and Hughes. Michelle Jackson is the bestselling author of Two Days in Biarritz and Three Nights in New York. She attended the National College of Art and Design, was a sock designer in the 1980s, and taught art at secondary school level. Michelle lives in Howth, Co Dublin with her husband and two children. When Michelle took to microphone to welcome us all, her daughter went to...

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Book Launch: Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent at The Gutter Bookshop

Posted by ERMurray on 5 October 2011.

Michelle Moloney-King is guest blogging in From the Front Row this week with a report from the launch of Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent at The Gutter Bookshop Join Michelle Moloney King as she talks with Alan Early at his book launch of Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent in the Gutter Book Shop. Leitrim born Alan studied in the National Film School, Dun Laoghaire and co-foundedAnnville Film while writing Arthur Quinn and...

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A Man of Substance

Posted by ERMurray on 28 September 2011.

Barbara Scully, writer of the blog From My Kitchen Table, shares her thoughts after attending ‘Inspiring Lives’. Inspiring Lives is part of the Great Writing, Great Places series happening in various unique locations around Dublin until November 19th.  Click here for more details. I am sure that everyone in the ‘writing world’ in this country knows Vanessa O Loughlin and her brilliant website Writing.ie. But one of Vanessa’s very best ideas ever is the ‘Great Writing Great Places’ series...

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Forward-thinking & staggering talent: Cork International Short Story Festival

Posted by ERMurray on 22 September 2011.

The Cork International Short Festival certainly closed on a finale as Edna O’Brien scooped the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, worth 35,000 euro – a well deserved and impressive result from a prolific and much admired writer. Edna’s acceptance speech was just perfect: “I don’t have an acceptance speech because I didn’t expect to win.” Still, Edna managed to address the audience humbly, gratefully and with oodles of elegance… “I know writing is often more...

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The Cork International Short Story Festival

Posted by ERMurray on 6 September 2011.

It’s nearly that time of year again, when a short story writers gets rewarded for their dedication and brilliance with a sum of 35,000 euro: The Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. Running since 2005, this remains the biggest award for any short story writer – and this year, I’m the official festival blogger so I’ll be in the thick of it all, watching events unfold. As you’ll have noticed, this year, the festival name has changed to...

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Denise Deegan Launches ‘And For Your Information’

Posted by ERMurray on 24 August 2011.

Join Michelle Moloney King at the Launch of Denise Deegan’s, second novel in the Butterfly trilogy; And for Your Information. Become a teenager again; remember the fun, frivolity and emotional roller-coaster of a 90210ish Dublin teenage story. YA (young adult) books are for everyone, we have heard that a lot. But never has it been so true in the case of Denise Deegan’s; Butterfly trilogy. Her latest book in the Butterfly trilogy; And for Your Information, was launched in...

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The X365 Project

Posted by ERMurray on 18 August 2011.

The X365 project was started by Dan Waber. The purpose of the project was to write 40 words about 365 people who’ve touched your life in some way. It was never meant to catch on, but it did. That’s the beauty of writing and of good ideas.  I interviewed Dan Waber back in February 2008. I’ve always believed in having a positive attitude and think that good things, and good people, should be celebrated. The X365 project was started by Dan Waber. The...

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Research is important: Captain Kidd Exhibition, London Docklands

Posted by ERMurray on 26 July 2011.

There’s nothing quite like receiving personalised service – and especially when it’s totally unexpected. Last week I ventured to London to meet with my agent, catch up with some friends and also research my book. My trilogy comes under the children’s urban fantasy genre and we all know how savvy kids are; they can be the toughest critics. Whatever you’re writing about, it’s a good idea to do as much research as possible so you...

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Irish Writer’s Centre Reaches its 20th Year

Posted by ERMurray on 16 July 2011.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Irish Writers’ Centre, The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, TD, will visiting the centre on Wednesday, 20 July at 7.00 pm to acknowledge the ongoing dedicated service provided  by the centre’s team. In true Irish Writers’ Centre style, the dual celebration will celebrate quality literature with a special guest reading by Sebastian Barry and further readings from selected writers and writing groups who...

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