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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.

Abridged 0 – 45: Why is it always December? Submission Call

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 9 March 2016.

After Lethe and Floodland comes ‘Why is always December?’ the third of our (very loose) trilogy exploring oblivion, memory and the fear of losing identity. Why is it always December? interrogates our need to memorialise even the most slightest thing. Social media allows us to share even the most banal aspect of our existence creating for us personas that beg for connectivity, that fear of being alone, indeed that are absolutely incapable of being alone...

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Bare Hands magazine open for submissions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 7 March 2016.

The beautiful new Issue 20 of Bare Hands is now online. Featuring poetry from Simon Lewis, Jackie Gorman, Ciaran Hodgers, Laura-Blaise McDowell, Stephanie Conn, Kathy D’Arcy, Alicia Byrne Keane & James O’ Leary along with photography from Simon Prunty, Rafael Joaquin, Miroslav R. Mitrovic, John Iona, Tiffany Hearsey, Fran Rodriguez, Clare Coyle & non-fiction from D.F. Read it here. They are now open for submissions to Issue 21. They say: We seek work that is beautiful and different...

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RTE live broadcast: Centenary

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 5 March 2016.

On the 28th of March 2016 RTÉ 1 Television will broadcast CENTENARY  live from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at 9.30pm and I am contacting you to see if you can help us spread the word to anyone you think this may interest as it promises to be a fabulous celebratory night out for those who attend. This landmark programme will be the culmination of a series of programmes and events produced by RTÉ across Easter...

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Reading at Bray Arts Show

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 5 March 2016.

Breda Wall Ryan and Kate Dempsey – Poetry Two award-winning leading international poets broadcast and published in many journals in Ireland and abroad will illustrate the best of their celebrated works and creative writing Darragh Muldowney – Photographer With an astounding slideshow on the making of ‘Out of Thin Air’ sailing all the way to Greenland to capture images of the surreal nature of the glacier and exquisite ice sculptures Bray Arts Drama Group– Albert...

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Mountains to Sea Festival

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 March 2016.

Mountains to Sea, dlr Book Festival takes place from the 9th to the 13th of March. Tickets are now on sale. Michael Parkinson is headlining the festival in conversation with his son Mike. Donal Ryan, Pauline Bewick and Nuala O’Connor are also confirmed. Cathy Cassidy will lead the family programme. Sarah Crossan, Patrick Ness and Louise O’Neill will join us to talk about their bestselling Young Adult books. Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon, Theo Dorgan and...

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Submissions sought for The Level Crossing magazine

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 March 2016.

Dedalus Press is looking for previously unpublished poems for a feature in its new occasional journal, THE LEVEL CROSSING. Theme: Poems on the subject of place (home place, strange place, imagined place …) Length: a maximum of 20 lines Form: Poems may be in any form. Prose poems are welcome. Poets may submit up to three poems each, but no poet will have more than one poem chosen for publication. They pay a one-time fee...

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The Woman on the Other Side Book Launch

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 1 March 2016.

Friday 11th March 8pm Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Join Stephanie and Doire Press at the launch of The ‘Woman on the Other Side’. The book will be launched by Moyra Donaldson and Stephanie will read from the collection. FREE EVENT – All welcome ‘Wonderfully wide ranging yet still retaining a sense of cohesion, this first collection by Stephanie concerns itself with the light and dark of our lives…The poems are vivid and sensual, singing with a...

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Carlow Writers Creative Writing Workshops

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 28 February 2016.

What evocative object would inspire you to write a poem? What thing lies about the house that has special meaning for you, that could be a key to unlock a story you want to tell? ‘We find it familiar to consider objects as useful or aesthetic, as necessities or vain indulgences. We are on less familiar ground when we consider objects as companions to our emotional lives or as provocations to thought. The notion of...

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The Penny Dreadful at Salon Nights

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 24 February 2016.

DLR Lexicon are hosting regular Salon Nights showcasing various Irish magazines and presses. This time it’s the turn of Penny Dreadful. Wednesday March 2, 8.00pm  Studio (beside the Café), Ground Floor, dlr LexIcon This month’s Salon Night hosted by dlr writer in residence Selina Guinness features The Penny Dreadful, a biannual, literary magazine, based in Cork, publishing poetry, fiction and reviews. It recently launched its own imprint, The Dreadful Press, and hosts The Penny Dreadful Novella Prize each summer. Editors...

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North West Words

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 22 February 2016.