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A blog by Kate Dempsey

KATE DEMPSEY runs writing.ie's Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner.

Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.

You can follow Kate online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Listowel Writers Week Creative Writing Competitions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 January 2017.

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry. 31st May to 4th of June 2017 The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year is generously sponsored by Kerry Group Plc, and with a prize of €15,000 it remains the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors. Novels must be published between 1st...

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Poetry Ireland’s Introductions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 2 January 2017.

Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series aims to encourage excellence in the craft of poetry, while raising the profile of talented, emerging poets.  Applications are now open for the 2017 Introductions Series, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase theirwork through workshops and performance. In 2017 the poets selected for the Introductions Series will participate in two workshops/master classes. The first workshop is focused on form and craft,...

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Centre Culturel Irlandais residencies

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 31 December 2016.

Deadline: Wednesday 11 Jan 2017 Artist Residencies in Paris! Our annual residency programme offers great opportunities for artists of all disciplines to tap into the resources of Paris and the CCI, as well as being an important means of showcasing Ireland’s dynamic contemporary culture on an international stage. Residencies of up to 3 months running from September of the same year to June of the following year, open to practitioners in all art forms with...

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The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2016

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 30 December 2016.

Welsh based magazine Prole has its annual poetry competition Prize Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 22 in April 2017. Publication on the Prole website 2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 22. Publication on the Prole website Judge: Macdara Woods Deadline: January 31st 2017 We are, as ever, open regarding style, content and length. What we are after is poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and...

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3 free taster writing classes in the National Library

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 30 December 2016.

There will be 3 free taster classes on the following dates in January: SATURDAY a.m. January 14 and 21, and Sat p.m. on January 21.  Both A.M. sessions will run in the lovely Cafe Joly at the National Library, Kildare Street and start at 11.00 a.m.  P.M session will start at 2 p.m. on 21/1 in the bar of Buswells’ Hotel. Molesworth Street. JOIN US opportunity now exists for  ADVANCED workshops on Tues, Weds and...

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Maria Edgeworth Literary Poetry Competition 2017

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 27 December 2016.

Poetry Competition €250 – First Prize €75 –  Second prize €50 – Third Prize Deadline: 24 Feb 2017 The Maria Edgeworth’s festival will be starting 5th May 2017 in Edgeworthtown. Rules: 1. Entry Fee must accompany all entries. Each submission is €5. 2. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, accepted for publication, broadcast or honoured by the closing dates for entries. 3. Name and address...

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Nollaig na mBan event at the Irish Writers Centre

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 21 December 2016.

; This sounds like a lovely evening for traditional Women’s Christmas on Friday 6th January 7:30pm €10. I would love to be invited to read.  A Nollaig na mBan event honouring Maeve Brennan’s centenary Join us on 6 January for our annual celebration of Nollaig na mBan, which this year coincides with the centenary of Maeve Brennan’s birth. Broadcaster and journalist Sinéad Gleeson will MC this special evening of entertainment, with contributions from writers Claire-Louise Bennett, Angela Bourke, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Anne Enright alongside music from singer-songwriter Inni-K. As in previous...

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Cúirt New Writing Prize 2017

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 16 December 2016.

The Cúirt New Writing Prize, in memory of Lena Maguire, is now open for  submissions. The categories are poetry and fiction. There is a €500 cash prize for the winner of each category and the opportunity to read at the Cúirt/Over the Edge Showcase event at Cúirt 2017. The entry fee for each submission is €10, this can be paid via the Paypal button. This year’s judges are poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa and writer Sarah...

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Recommended Independent Irish Bookshops Part 2

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 16 December 2016.

Getting close to Christmas, I hope you have books on your list. Here are some year round recommendations of lovely local independent bookshops to visit  and support. I haven’t visited every bookshop in Ireland so these are just personal recommendations. If you have a favourite bookshop I’ve missed, please let me know Part 2 – Dublin and surrounding Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin Long an institution near trinity, they moved round the corner to a lovely...

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Recommended Independent Irish Bookshops Part 1

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 14 December 2016.

Getting close to Christmas, I hope you have books on your list. There is something very special about opening the door of a bricks and mortar bookshop and wandering around the shelves, checking the recommendations and talking to the booksellers. There’s the smell of books too, so delicious. Here are some year round recommendations of lovely local independent bookshops to visit  and support. I haven’t visited every bookshop in Ireland so these are just personal...

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