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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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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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PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Conference by Emer Liston

Posted by ERMurray on 27 April 2011.

PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee conference is held bi-annually. This year the location was Brussels, and the hosts were PEN Vlaanderen – the Dutch speaking Belgian PEN centre. I had the great privilege of representing Irish PEN at the WiPC conference in Brussels, and delivering Irish PEN’s position paper on our recently passed blasphemy law. Emer Liston brings us her account of events… Throughout the conference, we heard many cases highlighted from around the...

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The Glor Sessions by Lisa McLaughlin

Posted by ERMurray on 14 April 2011.

The Glór Sessions (Glór meaning, voice, sound or noise) is an exciting weekly fusion of poetry and live music which has also been part of the Dublin Writers Festival. It’s certainly making a lot of noise in Dublin, earning an outstanding reputation for talent and entertainment. Singer-songwriter, Lisa McLaughlin, gave us an account of her evening at the sessions… I don’t get the chance to go to many nights around Dublin at the moment, what with rehearsing and...

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Listowel Writers’ Week launch – No Airs and Graces

Posted by ERMurray on 8 April 2011.

I’m delighted to announce that I’m writing the official blog for Listowel Writers’ Week; one of the biggest literary festivals in Ireland which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, from June 1st, until June 5th, 2011. The 40th anniversary is a massive deal; maintaining a festival for this long is no small achievement. After all, it means 40 years of dedication, tireless organisation – from securing first class writers to securing funding – and, to top it...

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An account of DublinSwell by Emer Liston

Posted by ERMurray on 30 March 2011.

Dublin has a lot to celebrate – especially with its recent listing as a UNESCO City of Literature. This title will certainly encourage even more excellent literary events in Ireland’s capital and at writing.ie we hope to cover as many as possible. To kick start our coverage of the Dublin UNESCO events, Emer Liston has given a rich and indepth account of DublinSwell… Joyce was not only a writer, and the first cinema manager in...

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Poetry Now Festival begins today

Posted by ERMurray on 24 March 2011.

The Dún Loaghaire Rathdown International Poetry Festival kicks off today, giving you the opportunity to listen to and connect with some of the greatest poets of our era from both Ireland and abroad. Starting with a keynote from Canadian poet and critic Anne Carson at 8.30pm tonight,there is an exciting programme on offer with an excellent list of poets including Don Paterson, Sinéad Morrissey, Michael Longley, Fiona Sampson, Luis Garciá Montero, Dave Lordan, Jaan Kaplinski and Gerald Stern. There’s also the...

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DublinSwell: What an amazing line-up

Posted by ERMurray on 16 March 2011.

On Friday, 18th March at 7.30pm, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature will be continuing the St Patrick’s Day cheer with a celebration of Ireland’s literary talent in the Convention Centre Dublin. Including some of Ireland’s most admired names from literature, music, film and theatre come together for one of the most spectacular literary events in Ireland, DublinSwell will see Seamus Heaney, Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Paul Durcan, Glen Hansard, Declan Hughes, Paula Meehan and Joseph O’Connor (to name but...

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PHOENIX CONVENTION VIII, Dublin, 2011 – guest post by Ruth Long

Posted by ERMurray on 11 March 2011.

Coinciding with Dublin Book Festival was another spectacular literary event. Now, try as I might, I can’t be in two places at once. Thankfully, Ruth Long was attending and has provided this fabulous account of the merriment and mayhem that was Phoenix Convention VIII… While the Dublin Book Festival took over much of the city centre this weekend, less than a stone’s throw away another literary convention met, replete with fantasy worlds, ghosts, zombies, future...

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