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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.

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 30 March 2016.

This Competition has really grown since it started 10 years ago and now attracts entries from all over the world, becoming a much respected and anticipated event. Poems may be on any subject but not more that 60 lines long. They must be accompanied by an entry form which is available to download from the Festival website Fee: £5 each to enter. Deadline: 17 June The judges will chose a long list of about 40 poems...

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Poetry and Politics Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 29 March 2016.

Holland Park Press invite you to write a political poem Task: The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much more closer to home. We don’t have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem,...

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Open Call | Cruthu Arts Festival, Longford

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 26 March 2016.

Deadline: 22 April 2016 Cruthú Arts Festival, in partnership with Ireland 2016 – Longford Steering Committee, invite all artists, writers, poets, digital artists, established and new, young and old to take part in an exciting visual arts and literature project. This project is entitled ‘A Response to the Proclamation’. We are accepting poetry and stories up to a maximum of 1,500 words and artworks in any media including drawing, painting, photography, digital media, and 3D. The...

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Clones Post Office 1916 Project: Postcard Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 25 March 2016.

Deadline: 7 May 2016 Clones Post Office 1916 Project: Postcards 1916 Create a response to the 1916 Irish Proclamation for Independence (choose a phrase or a word ) in any media, visual or a written image To request your pre -paid postcard email your name and address to monaghanartistcollective@gmail.com. Exhibition will be launched at the old post office Clones, (Clones Art Studios) The Diamond, Clones, Monaghan during the last week of May. Exhibition is curated...

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Interview with writer Martina Reilly

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 23 March 2016.

Hi Martina and welcome to emergingwriter. How did you first get into writing and then plays? I don’t think there was actually a time when I got ‘into’ writing, I just always wrote. It was instinctive for me to tell stories and write them down. I remember reading Enid Blyton when I was very young and thinking that that was what I wanted to do – create characters and plots that people would love. So...

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Boyne Berries 1916 Launch

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 21 March 2016.

Boyne Berries 1916 will be launched by Gallery Press Poet Tom French. http://www.gallerypress.com/authors/a-to-f/tom-french/ This issue commemorates the centenary of the 1916 rising. It features poetry and prose by members of the Boyne Writers Group as well as work by James Lawless, Deirdre Hines, Clare McCotter, Iseult Healy, Phelim Kavanagh, Amanda Bell, John Saunders, Andy Jones, Bernadette Gallagher, Patrick Devaney, Eamonn Lynskey, Peter Goulding, Tim Dwyer, Carolyne Van Der Meer, and more. Castlearch Hotel, Trim, co...

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Poetry in Stone House Books, Kilkenny

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 19 March 2016.

Kilkenny people, please come along on Monday night 21st March, 7pm to support your independent bookshop, writers and small publishers. And also hear some award winning poetry from poets Breda Wall Ryan, Kate Dempsey from Doire Press as well as Liam Ryan from Liberties Press.

Interview with poet, critic and journalist Gerard Smyth

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 17 March 2016.

Hello Gerard and welcome to writing.ie. Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. The first question I am always curious how poets first got into poetry. Poetry had its first stirrings in my life in a number of ways. I was a pre-Soundings schoolboy of the 1960s so the poets I encountered were mostly the English Romantics, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Matthew Arnold; also Shelley, Byron, Tennyson, a fair dose of Milton, and of course Shakespeare whose...

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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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