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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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So What’s Happening in Galway?

Posted by ERMurray on 13 July 2011.

Following on from the fantastic Cùirt International Festival of Literature, Galway is about to get festive once again. The Galway Arts Festival is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the European Arts scene and when looking at the line-up it is easy to see why. Topping the literary bill this year are some true gems of Irish and international writing. Leading from the off is Colm Toibin who, after writing six novels and...

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Dancing Round the Crocodile

Posted by ERMurray on 6 July 2011.

Sometimes you see something that you just have to share, something that is so good that you feel the need to shout from the rooftops…I’m in Cornwall this week, and last night I saw a play that blew me away…. Written and directed by Jon Welch, Dancing Round the Crocodile is inspired by a statue in the heart of Stalingrad. It tells the story of a group of children who find refuge in the sewers under the city...

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A Legendary Film Festival without a Cinema

Posted by ERMurray on 24 June 2011.

Yes, you may think you’ve misread the title but the Fastnet Short Film Festival is an amazing little gem which takes place annually in the small village of Schull – which doesn’t have a cinema. Although it’s run by a talented and tireless crew of volunteers, this is no small fish; the festival is starting to get international recognition and has been backed by patrons such as Pat McCabe and Gerry Stembridge, amongst others. Consisting of a...

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The Flying Book Club Welcomes Barbara Scully

Posted by ERMurray on 21 June 2011.

The Flying Book Club is not so much for readers who are in a huge hurry but rather for readers who would like to dip into a more in-depth appreciation of a book…. Dr Eibhlin Evans is the founder and director of this unique club aimed at readers both at home and abroad.  She is retired from academia but retains a passion for writing and literature.  She wrote the successful application to have Dublin designated...

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Pygmalion at The Abbey

Posted by ERMurray on 30 May 2011.

While Elizabeth Murray was on her way to the fabulous Listowel Writers Week, I popped along to The Abbey to catch their new production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” and bring you the view ‘From the Front Row’. Directed by Annabelle Comyn, Risteard Cooper and Charlie Murphy were in the title roles of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. The production was a brilliant display of shrewd and wonderfully designed sets and perfectly tailored costumes that...

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Listowel – 40 Years and still going strong

Posted by ERMurray on 30 May 2011.

As you’re reading this, I’ll be busying myself with some of the fabulous events over atListowel Writer’s Week as their official blogger. If you’ve not been keeping up with what’s going on, 2011 marks Listowel’s 40th year – making it the oldest literary festival in Ireland. But, contrary to what you’d probably expect, there are no airs and graces here. The atmosphere is great craic and there’s laughter and merriment in big supply – I mean, just...

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CBI Conference 2011 – Dublin

Posted by ERMurray on 29 May 2011.

If you love children’s literature, this is one of those festivals that you walk away from, exhilarated. It’s astounding to be able to listen to and chat with such an array of iconic children’s writers in a single weekend – and although there was so much inspiration to be gained, the relaxed atmosphere and excellent organisation (thanks to Mags Walsh Children’s Book Ireland) kept the momentum going. In short, there was never a dull moment....

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Mash Media Conference – Dublin

Posted by ERMurray on 28 May 2011.

What do you get if you put together some of the most forward-thinking and challenging social media minds in the Croke Park Conference Centre? A brilliant weekend full of innovation and excitement that will leave you walking away, wanting to go straight to your computer and get networking like crazy. What do you get if you put together some of the most forward-thinking and challenging social media minds in the Croke Park Conference Centre (see...

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Our City’s Inheritance: Joseph OConnor at the United Arts Club

Posted by ERMurray on 18 May 2011.

Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair reports on Irish PENs fabulous night with international best seller Joseph O’Connor. We don’t realise how much we have inherited through the decades. This is a thought I had leaving Joseph O’Connor’s talk for Irish PEN at The United Arts Club. He had recited three sections from his book Ghost Light, which won UNESCO’s “One City, One Book” award and explores the relationship between Synge and Molly Allgood. He followed up with some...

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Book Release: Angel Kiss by Laura Jane Cassidy

Posted by ERMurray on 3 May 2011.

I was one of the lucky few that got to read Angel Kiss by debut Novelist, Laura Jane Cassidy, before its release on 5th May, 2011. Although it was a superb page turner, I wasn’t so much ‘on the front row’ – I was more ‘cowering behind a cushion’. I love teenage fiction so it was a real treat to read this – and I must admit, it’s one of the best books I’ve read for...

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