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A blog by EKTobin

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.

Emma Tobin is 19 and from Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland where she lives with her parents, one brother, four cats, and some fish. Emma is in her first year at UCD where she is studying English, Philosophy and History. Emma writes prose, poetry and fiction. Emma has completed two novels and is working on her third which is a YA contemporary novel with the title 'Paperweight Soldiers'. Emma blogs at abcofbeingateenager.blogspot.ie and is a regular contributor to the arts show Artyfacts on KFM Radio in Kildare. Emma has had a number of columns published in The Irish Times. In May 2013 her article 'Blinking Out' was included in a new HeadSpace magazine for young people focusing on positive mental health. Emma's poetry has won a number of national awards including the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland annual poetry competition in the senior post primary category in both 2014 and 2015. Emma was the recipient of the Conor Bowman Youth Award at the Hopkins Poetry Summer School in 2014. Emma was the joint poetry winner for June 2015 of the Hennessy New Irish Writing and had two of her poems published as part of that in The Irish Times. As a result she is not on the shortlist for the Hennessy Writer of the Year award in the emerging poetry category. You can find her on Facebook as Emma Tobin Writer and on Twitter as @EK_Tobin.

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Expressing Yourself in HeadSpace Magazine

Posted by EKTobin on 29 August 2013.

In May of this year a new publication called HeadSpace Magazine was published for the first time. It is a compilation of pieces of prose, poetry, stories and art focusing on the issue of mental health – specifically on creating awareness of this issue in a positive way. The HeadSpace team have just put out a call out for submissions for issue 2, so if you have something on this topic then contact headspacezine@gmail.com. You...

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Irish Blog Awards Longlist & New Youth Category

Posted by EKTobin on 22 August 2013.

The longlist for the Irish Blog Awards was announced recently and it is great to see a new category featuring on it – ‘Best Youth Blog’. My blog The Abs of Being a Teenager has been nominated in this category and I am very grateful to those who nominated me. I had a look through the longlist for this category and there are some very interesting blogs – I have one or two favourites but it would...

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Fighting Words: Poetry and Print Workshops

Posted by EKTobin on 15 August 2013.

I recently came across a very interesting project in Fighting Words, which is a free creative writing tutoring service for students of all ages in Ireland. This project is being run between Fighting Words and the National Print Museum. The workshop will allow a group of young people to work on a short poem and a print to accompany the poem. They will be able to complete both the poem and corresponding print over a...

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International Junior Authors Poetry Contest

Posted by EKTobin on 8 August 2013.

Opens August 30, 2013 Contest Closes January 31, 2014 Finalists Announced April 25, 2014 Winners Announced May 24, 2014 AGE CATEGORIES Please use your age on January 31, 2014 to determine your category. Category I Ages 18 – 21* First place poet will be published on the http://laurathomascommunications.com website, receive a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas and a...

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Knock Knock: Who’s There?

Posted by EKTobin on 29 July 2013.

I recently finished writing my second novel, something I hadn’t even remotely expected to do this year, but about a month ago an idea came to me and it literally flew onto the page. I’m so proud of it. I remember thinking not long ago and jotting the thought down in my notebook, “The task now is not merely to create something, but to create something truly beautiful”. I think all writers are constantly yearning...

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Introducing Emma: Reading to Write

Posted by EKTobin on 13 July 2013.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~ Stephen King I started reading when I was quite young, beginning my journey with the usual-suspects, the Famous Five, Secret Seven and the Five Find-Outers. I loved those books and the sense of each chapter adding new pieces to the puzzle, followed by the final revelation, sometimes accompanied by an excited ‘I knew it!’...

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