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A blog by Ink Stains

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Here we post competitions, information on events and tips. The best advice? Keep reading – everything you can lay your hands on, and keep writing. Write for yourself to find your voice. If you’d like to contribute to this blog drop vanessa@writing.ie an email.

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Here we post competitions, information on events and tips. The best advice? Keep reading - everything you can lay your hands on, and keep writing. Write for yourself to find your voice. If you'd like to contribute to this blog drop vanessa@writing.ie an email. Our superb Ink Stains illustration is by Emily Hearne , age 12, who is a 6th Class Student at Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil, Cork, thank you Emily!

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Wilder Youth: A Creative Conversation from Creative Ireland with Tara Stewart

Posted by Ink Stains on 17 October 2019.

A shout out to young people between 14 and 21, with a creative streak, to join and speak up for their tribe! Join host Tara Stewart (2FM) for an inspirational session of music and chat that celebrates and explores the incredible energy of Ireland’s creative young people. Featuring breakout hip-hop duo, Tebi Rex; actor and writer, Roxanna Nic Liam; podcaster, Molly Parsons and Junk Kouture fashion designer, Cian Newman. The Creative Ireland Programme is delighted to present an evening of performance and talk focused on...

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Fun for all the family at the Red Line Book Festival

Posted by Ink Stains on 1 October 2019.

There are lots of ways for budding bookworms to get involved with the Red Line Book Festival, which returns to venues across South County Dublin and from the 7th – 13th of October, with a special line-up of family, children’s and schools’ events, Join Aga Grandowicz, the woman behind Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals for a very special workshop which combines a zoology lesson and an art class with lots of fun...

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Age 10-16? UK Holiday Writing Competition

Posted by Ink Stains on 27 June 2019.

Become a published author on The Tourist Trail Blog! Have you enjoyed a fantastic day out or staycation in the UK? Throughout the 2019 Summer School Holidays we’re offering young people aged between 10 – 16 years old the chance to have their work published on The Tourist Trail Blog. Prizes We have three great prizes for our favourite entries: First Prize – A family ticket to any Attraction listed on our website Second Prize – £75 of book tokens...

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Kids Magazine The Caterpillar Poetry Prize Winner Announced

Posted by Ink Stains on 6 June 2019.

The winner of this year’s €1,000 (£882.86) Caterpillar Poetry Prize is Andrew Weale for his children’s poem ‘Wonder-pudderful’. The Caterpillar is a magazine of poems, stories and art, created by grown-ups for children. It is the younger sibling of The Moth, an art & literature magazine for grown-ups.  The Caterpillar is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups are bound to like it too. It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒...

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Calling all Young Authors: The Wild Words Book and Festival

Posted by Ink Stains on 14 February 2019.

Deadline for submissions is 31st March, 2019. The Wild Words Book is part of Carrick on Shannon’ s annual Wild Words Festival and features writing by young adults from all over Ireland aged 14 to 17 years who have started to write their own short stories and poetry. They are now looking for submissions for Vol. 7. Entry is free. Those selected will have their work professionally edited and published and also get free admission...

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WebWise Writing Competition for Teens

Posted by Ink Stains on 8 February 2019.

Web Wise are looking to hear from the youth of Ireland about their experiences of the online world. Enter our competition to write or blog article or poem about all things technology. Do you know of an app that is gaining in popularity and would like to submit a review? Do you have a great tip for managing your online wellbeing? Share it now by emailing us at: internetsafety@pdst.ie What Your Article Should Look Like? The...

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Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan Needs Your Help!

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 5 October 2018.

Please help to spread the word! Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan is looking for partners to help deliver her #WeAreThePoets project If you work with young people and have an idea for an event or project, she wants to hear from you. Sarah wants to involve children and young people from across Ireland, especially those who don’t normally have access to creativity and the arts. You can watch a short video about Sarah’s mission as Laureate and find...

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 11 September 2018.

Hello fellow bookworms! I hope you enjoyed a nice, long and relaxing summer filled with an abundance of books.  I apologise for not posting in a while, I can’t say it was because I hadn’t read any books of interest ( trust me, I have!) but I was so engrossed in the Anne of Green Gables series I told myself, I’d post again at back to school time! So, when it comes to book reviews...

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One of My Favourite Books

Posted by Sarah Fitzgerald on 25 July 2018.

Hi, this is my first post and I’m mad about books you may gather. I have recently been honoured to become a book ambassador to promote children and teens to read more .I had a meeting with Government in the Oireachtas where I presented my literacy research proposals to encourage children and teens to perhaps spend more time reading books. My work was very well received and I have got some lovely feedback and invitations....

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Introducing Sarah Fitzgerald

Posted by Sarah Fitzgerald on 20 June 2018.

Ink Stains is our blog dedicated to younger writers. Run by Book Ambassador Sarah Fitzgerald who attends Kinsale Community School in County Cork. To contact Sarah, email contact@writing.ie or visit her own blog www.sarahsbookproject.com