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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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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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Ui Cadhain Journalism Prize For Young Dubliners

Posted by EKTobin on 18 January 2017.

Young Dubliners are being invited to get out there and write a news story about events or issues in their local area for the inaugural Ui Cadhain Prize, established by freelance journalist Natalie Lewendon, and delivered with the generous support of the Dublin Inquirer. The prize, established at the beginning of this year, seeks to create something that would develop an interest in investigative journalism, storytelling and local issues from an early age. Competition organisers are...

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World Book Night is Changing…for the Better

Posted by EKTobin on 6 December 2016.

World Book Night 2017 has just launched and is heading in an exciting new direction. The organisers have listened carefully to feedback and are changing the way they do things in order to ensure their books are reaching the people who need them most. This year, they are going to be working more closely with organisations to match the brilliant list of books donated by publishers with new readers. We want to give books to these targeted...

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Eithne Shortall’s Romantic Comedy Bought by Corvus

Posted by EKTobin on 30 November 2016.

Sara O’ Keeffe, Editorial Director of Corvus, Atlantic Books, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Love in Row 27 (in a two book deal) by Eithne Shortall from Juliet Mahoney at Lutyens and Rubinstein on behalf of Liz Parker at Inkwell Management. Corvus will publish in June 2017. Love in Row 27 is a charming debut novel about a check-in attendant playing cupid to unsuspecting fliers while accidentally maybe finding a match of her...

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Writing History? Explore the Archives 19-27 Nov

Posted by EKTobin on 17 November 2016.

The Archives and Records Association, Ireland (ARAI) has today (17.11.16) launched its fourth annual Explore Your Archive week, a campaign to increase awareness of the essential role of archives in society. Run jointly with the Archives and Records Association in the UK, archives services will open their vaults and display hundreds of unique collection items from Saturday, 19th November to Sunday, 27th November 2016. The campaign seeks to encourage people to discover the stories, facts,...

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The Rolling Sun Book Festival: In the News This Year!

Posted by EKTobin on 28 October 2016.

Once again the Rolling Sun Book Festival (3-6 November) in Westport has put together an eclectic and attractive programme for book lovers. The glamorous stars of the show are newsreaders Anne Doyle and Deirdre Purcell while bestselling author Sebastian Barry is a serious coup for the festival. Booking for events is through the Clew Bay Hotel (098 28088). Anne Doyle and Donal Fallon The official opening night on Friday 4th November is a quirky combination...

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Frightful Flash Fiction Competition for All Ages

Posted by EKTobin on 10 October 2016.

Creative Ardagh are delighted to present a Frightful Flash Fiction Competition in association with this year’s Ardagh Fright Fest. Get your creative juices flowing and send us in your scariest, spookiest or most twisted tales. All genres welcome: gothic, fantasy, mythology, sci-fi, reality etc. The only rule is that you stick to a maximum of 300 words. See ardaghfrightfest.blogspot.ie for full list of spooktacular prizes. Entry fees: Adults €5 or €10 for three entries 12-18: €4...

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Open Call: New Plays From Around The World

Posted by EKTobin on 2 October 2016.

Milano Playwriting Festival and it’s producer It’s Time Produzioni Srls are looking for new plays from across the globe.  The selected plays will be presented as reading/mise en espace/staging during Milano Playwriting Festival, March 31 – April 2, 2017. If an agreement between the parties is reached, It’s Time Produzioni Srls will also act as literary agent by presenting the plays to Italian and foreign artistic directors / producers. The submitted play needs to be recently written and possibly never staged before. We are not...

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Ireland’s Own Short Story Competition for Young People 2016

Posted by EKTobin on 13 September 2016.

Ireland’s Own, in association with The O’Brien Press, is looking for the best young short story writers in the country. There are four categories, 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-16 years old. The winner will receive an individual cash prize, and a prize for their class, generously sponsored by O’Brien Press. The winners’ names will be published in our Christmas Annual. The winning entries will be published in a special supplement in the New Year’s Annual...

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