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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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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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Sorry to see the Dublin Book Festival end…

Posted by ERMurray on 8 March 2011.

Dublin Book Festival came and went in a flash, packed to the rafters with brilliant writers, influential and knowledgeable speakers and eager audiences. I spent five days running from one event to another, immersing myself in a splendid mix of politics, business acumen, book launches, storytelling, true stories and inspiring debate. Comprising of a heady mix of financial and business advice and pure literary indulgence, the programme proved to be one of the most varied...

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Dublin Book Festival opens…

Posted by ERMurray on 3 March 2011.

It’s good to be back in Dublin; I welcome the colour, the bustle, the sounds. From the crocuses in St Stephen’s Green to the coffee stands along the Liffey, there’s the hint of a writer around every corner. Thankfully, this reaction to the city put me into the best possible state of mind as I started blogging for the Dublin Book Festival… Dublin Book Festival opened with a discussion between Dermot Bolger, Anthony Cronin and...

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Dublin Book Festival – here I come!

Posted by ERMurray on 1 March 2011.

I’ve just about finished packing – tomorrow requires an early start if I’m to hit Dublin in time for the Dublin Book Festival, Living in West Cork and not driving, it’s an arduous journey – we’re talking two and a half hours by bus and then three hours by train. But it’s a great chance to sit back and admire the scenery before the hectic festival. Plus, it’ll be well worth it – after all,...

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Cork Spring Literary Festival – an overview

Posted by ERMurray on 1 March 2011.

I’m going to try and sum up the Cork Spring Literary Festival· in five words: welcoming, vibrant, fun, passionate and dedicated. The programme was exciting, the venue looked beautiful and every detail was carefully arranged to reflect the spirit of the festival. And from the moment I arrived (in the capacity of official blogger) I was well looked after by all the Munster Literature Centre· staff. As for the events, the variety of poetry, prose, book launches,...

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From the Front Row

Posted by ERMurray on 26 February 2011.

Hi all… I just wanted to say that I’m delighted to be joining the other fabulous bloggers on writing.ie – there is such a wealth of talent in Ireland, I’m looking forward to helping increase coverage – from up and coming writers to published authors. This blog, The Front Row, will cover events from throughout Ireland – from open mic sessions, to book launches, to festivals; anything and everything that I get the chance to...

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