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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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Children’s Books Ireland about to embark on nationwide tour

Posted by EKTobin on 29 April 2016.

Children’s Books Ireland are bringing their hugely successful, free, friendly “Book Clinics” on tour to venues across Ireland this year, with expert ideas and inspiration for young readers. Children’s Books Ireland began their hugely successful Book Clinics in 2012, offering children free individual book consultations and reading recommendations. There have now been over 100 clinics to date, attended by 12,000 children and their families – with over 72,000 books “prescribed”! In 2016 the Children’s Books...

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Submissions open for Wild Words Volume 4

Posted by EKTobin on 29 April 2016.

The Wild Words Book is part of Carrick on Shannon’s annual Wild Words Festival and features new writing by young adults aged 14 to 18 years from all over Ireland. Submissions are not being sought for Wild Words Volume 4.   Those selected will have their work published and be invited to a free two-day writing masterclass with some of Ireland’s leading authors at the festival in Leitrim on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2016. To make a...

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Flawed – An interview with Cecelia Ahern as part of Harper Collins book blog tour

Posted by EKTobin on 5 April 2016.

I am a huge fan of YA so it’s always wonderful to welcome a new book from a new YA author. Now when I say the author is new, it is not exactly the whole truth because the writer is Cecelia Ahern! I was delighted to get a chance to ask her some questions about her debut YA novel Flawed as part of the Harper Collins blog tour: Cecelia, what was the inspiration for your...

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Stories for the Ear 2016 – A call for submissions

Posted by EKTobin on 1 April 2016.

Now because we are a national writing website, I usually try to focus on as wide an audience as possible when I am sharing news about writing competitions for young people. But, I am making an exception just this once because: It’s 2016 and we are celebrating and commemorating 100 years since the 1916 Rising; This competition has a 1916 theme; and, this is a competition which young writers from the age of 12 can...

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The Collector: Rehearsed Reading

Posted by writingie on 3 March 2016.

“Sounds like you’ve got a bigger problem with living than with dying, pal.” The debut of Dublin playwright Daniel Wade is set to be staged as a rehearsed reading on Saturday, the 5th of March, as part of the New Writing Week of rehearsed readings, which is held on the first Saturday of every month in Temple Bar’s The New Theatre. The Collector is a two-act drama about invidious secrets and broken masculinity, set over...

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Trócaire’s Annual Poetry Competition 2016

Posted by EKTobin on 14 January 2016.

Trócaire’s annual poetry competition, in association with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. The annual competition is open for entries from mid-January to Easter each year, with an awards ceremony in the National Library of Ireland in May and is free to enter. The theme of this year’s competition is Forced to Flee: “This is our exodus”. A great human tragedy continues to unfold in Syria and...

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Write Here, Write Now 2016 – A call for entries

Posted by EKTobin on 14 January 2016.

A Story of Ireland is a Hot Press initiative and forms part of Ireland 2016, the State programme to mark the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future. This major national writing competition is run in association with Two Cities One Book, April 2016. As part of the national commemorations in 2016, to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Dublin...

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Young Hearts Run Free present YULE

Posted by EKTobin on 1 December 2015.

Artists coming together to raise funds for the Simon Community Young Hearts Run Free is a Dublin-based collective who have been putting on unique music and literary events in aid of the Simon Community since 2008. They’re back this Christmas with the eighth edition of their wonderful and wonderfully popular Yule event, taking place on Saturday 5th December at Dublin’s CO-OP on Newmarket Square. This will be a chance to hear some of some of...

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Because I’m Human

Posted by EKTobin on 1 December 2015.

Because I am Human, an Anti-Bullying Poetry Film is now online. It is 3 minutes long. The poem was written by Dave Lordan in 2012, as a gesture of help towards a young relative of his suffering from bullying. It was aired by RTE ARENA, and the RTE PLAYBACK programme, reaching an audience of hundreds of thousands. Since then the text of the poem has been used as an Anti-Bullying Resource in schools around the...

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Digital Biscuit 2016 to take place in Dublin

Posted by EKTobin on 4 October 2015.

Ireland’s global international film and technology forum Digital Biscuit, an initiative of the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland, will take place in October 2016. The three day event aims to foster innovation and collaboration in film and television production. Now in its fourth year, Digital Biscuit will be held in Dublin from the 20-22nd October 2016 and is quickly becoming a global networking hub for filmmakers, technologists, creatives and the wider industry. Birch Hamilton, the...

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