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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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Aged 14 to 21? This Writing Competition is For You!

Posted by EKTobin on 11 July 2017.

Metro Éireann, in collaboration with Duke University’s Kenan Institute of Ethics, invites young writers living in Ireland to submit original works of writing to its third annual intercultural writing competition. Writers between the ages of 14 and 21 – immigrants and non-immigrants – are encouraged to enter submissions that explore the ethical challenges associated with intercultural diversity in Ireland. Submissions are due by midnight on July 30, 2017, and may take one of three forms:...

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The Harry Potter Trivia Tournament: Amazing Prize!

Posted by EKTobin on 6 July 2017.

Blessington Bookstore and Russborough House present: Harry Potter Trivia Tournament 1pm, Monday 31 July 2017 Hippodrome Arena, Russborough House, Blessington, Co. Wicklow The Harry Potter Trivia Tournament presents an amazing challenge of champions where the muggles are separated from the witches and wizards to see who is most knowledgeable about the secret, magical world of Harry Potter. After taking part in the Tournament in Russborough House, the winning team will be invited to central London...

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WriteNow Penguin Random House Mentoring

Posted by EKTobin on 3 July 2017.

WriteNow open for applications Publishing under-represented writers – deadline 16 July Applications are invited for WriteNow, Penguin Random House UK’s programme to find, mentor and publish new writers currently under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves. They say: “As publishers, we connect your story with readers everywhere. We want books to reflect everyone in our society, and to publish the stories which aren’t often told. That’s why through WriteNow we want to find, mentor and publish new...

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Charlie Higson & Joanne Harris Headline September Scottish Conference for Writers

Posted by EKTobin on 19 June 2017.

The Society of Authors in Scotland is thrilled to confirm the full programme for ScotsWrite, a three-day conference in the heart of Scotland in September – designed by writers, for writers, 22nd-24th September 2017. ScotsWrite will take place at the Westerwood Hotel near Glasgow, led by writers Joanne Harris, Charlie Higson, Joanna Penn and Jane Johnson. Joanne Harris, author of seventeen novels, including Chocolat, who will open the conference on Friday 22 September with a...

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Carlow Arts Festival 7 to 13 June 2017

Posted by EKTobin on 12 May 2017.

Carlow Arts Festival: the first big cultural event of the Irish Summer, runs from 7 to 13 June 2017.  The festival celebrates its 38th year with a host of events taking place in Festival HQ at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and VISUAL, as well as at local landmarks. Visitors can immerse themselves in national and international artisticadventures and world festival premières over the week-long festival, filled with spectacular free performances, live music, visual art and family friendly events. Announcing details of Carlow Arts Festival 2017, Festival Director Jo Mangan said: “I believe a crucial part of our job is ensuring that the work programmed is accessible...

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The IBW Book Award 2017 Shortlists

Posted by EKTobin on 5 May 2017.

The Booksellers Association of UK and Ireland (The BA) today announced the shortlist for the Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) Book Award.Judged by a panel of authors, booksellers and journalists, thethree winners – in Adult, Children’s and Picture Book categories –will be announced on Friday 23rd June, the day before the start of this year’s IBW. To support the in-store promotion of the shortlist both during IBW and beyond, participating booksellers will receive high quality POS materials featuring all 32 shortlisted titles, with the award at the heart of...

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Bring A Book, Buy A Book Fundraiser – Get Involved!

Posted by EKTobin on 26 February 2017.

Less Than Half of Irish Parents Read to Children Daily, as St. Michael’s House Encourages Parents to Go ‘Tech-NO!’ A recent survey carried out by St. Michael’s House, one of Ireland’s largest providers of community based services for children and adults with an intellectual disability, revealed that just under half (49%) of parents read to their children most nights, with almost 29% stating that they never do. The survey was carried out in advance of...

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Join the Knights of the Borrowed Dark!

Posted by EKTobin on 22 February 2017.

To celebrate Knights of the Borrowed Dark being the Dublin UNESCO 2017 Citywide Read, Dave is giving young writers aged 8 – 14 the chance to become a Knight of the Borrowed Dark yourself. Go to Dave Rudden.com to find an interactive map of Dublin packed with extra stories, lore and content from the world of Knights of the Borrowed Dark. This map is also marked with all of Dublin’s libraries in gold, and clicking...

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Cúirt Labs Programme for Schools and Young People 2017

Posted by EKTobin on 14 February 2017.

The 32nd Cúirt International Festival of Literature is delighted to announce the launch of the Cúirt Labs programme for 2017. The Cúirt Labs are the festival’s education and youth programme, engaging schools and young people every April. This year’s Labs will run alongside the festival, over 6 days from Monday 24th-Saturday 29th April. Each year writers, illustrators and other creatives are invited to give workshops for children and teenagers in Galway Arts Centre. Previous participants include graphic...

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2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize For UK Writers Aged 10-13

Posted by EKTobin on 26 January 2017.

THE BETJEMAN POETRY PRIZE REOPENS FOR ENTRIES! Are you aged 10-13? Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’ and enter by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2016. The 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize will be judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and poet Rachel Rooney. Founded in 2006, on the centenary of former poet laureate Sir John Betjeman’s birth, the Betjeman Poetry Prize is a charity in the education sector working with partners...

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