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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.

Interview with Roger Gregg of Bee Loud Glade

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 October 2011.

Roger Gregg has been working with poems for years, putting them to music and performing as part of Crazy Dog Theatre. Read his interview here and his opinions about The Poetry Officialdom. Roger Gregg is an award winning playwright, composer, audio-producer and actor. Over the past 25 years he has written for Crazy Dog Theatre, Dublin Youth Theatre, TEAM, The American National Audio Theatre Festival, Graffiti Theatre, The Razor Edge, Oberon Theatre and The Gaiety...

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Interview with Peadar O’Donoghue

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 9 October 2011.

Poet, Editor and blogger Peadar reveals his past, present and future Peadar O’Donoghue is a poet, well-connected blogger and now editor of the Poetry Bus. Hi Peadar, thanks for agreeing to this interview. How did you first get into poetry? I had never been into poetry and never read much of it at all. But I had written some words a bit like poetry, purely awful stuff as a teenager and beyond. I’ve always felt...

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How to Approach a Poetry Publisher

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 9 October 2011.

Build up a catalogue and reputation then… Some useful links to a question that is taxing me lately. Any publishers reading this, please get in touch! Summary at the end How to approach a poetry publisher by Neil Astley (Bloodaxe poetry publisher) at the Guardian e.g. Don’t submit to publishers unless you’ve read their books, or to magazines unless you’re familiar with the kind of work they publish. So true And Publish a poetry Pamphlet. Done http://bit.ly/katespoems...

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Voice in Poetry

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 October 2011.

The I, we, he, she of the poem. If your poem is an “I” poem, the first person singular, is it about you, the poet? Is it true, every last word? Did it happen? Is that the way you felt then, the way you feel now? Answer? Maybe, maybe not. You have that flexibility. If you were writing fiction, no one would ask you if the main character was you. Actually that’s not the case....

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Poetry and Punctuation

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 25 September 2011.

I had no idea that punctuation in poetry was such a controversial area. I am currently working with my editor on my new book of poems, “Some Poems” by me, Kate Dempsey, to be published Moth Editions (You can see details and buy one here) on October 7th. Yes, you are all invited to the launch 7.30pm Second Floor Studios, The Former See House, Kilmore, Cavan. Actually, please come. I don’t know many people in and around...

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Interview with poet, lecturer and all round maven, Kit Fryatt

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 22 August 2011.

Kit Fryatt lectures on poetry at Mater Dei and is shaking things up on the poetry scene with events, publishing and general discourse. Image courtsey of Abby Oliviera Hello Kit and welcome to writing.ie. Could you introduce yourself to the readers please? Hello. How do you do? Thanks, Kate, for interviewing me. How did you first get into poetry? My dad used to say this rhyme: Spring is sprung / the grass is riz /...

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Interview with Galway poet Kevin Higgins

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 15 August 2011.

Kevin Higgins the well known Galway poet graciously agreed to be interviewed about his journey to poetry and about the well known Poetry nights under the Over the Edge banner. Thanks very much for agreeing to this interview and welcome to writing.ie. Could you introduce yourself to the readers please? I was born in London in 1967 to Irish parents (both of whom were originally from County Galway). We moved back to Galway (City) in 1974;...

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Haiku – a guest post from Maeve O’Sullivan

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 25 July 2011.

Everything you wanted to know about Haiku and were too afraid to ask. Or maybe it’s not everything. If you’ve more questions, please leave comments. Haiku. This small two-syllable word conjures up a multitude of others: Japan. Nature. Short. Funny? I have had the haiku bug for about fifteen years now, and it shows no sign of leaving my system. I am very enthusiastic about the form (some would say evangelical, though I’m not sure...

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Rhyme and reasons for rhyme – Part I

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 17 July 2011.

Rhyme and poetry go together like tomatoes and onions, tea and milk, his and hers. They often go together, complement each other. But it’s not mandatory. Rhyme in English is the repetition of similar sounds. Cat, Hat, Wombat, Fancy that, rat-a-tat-tat It’s been around for so long in poems that a rhyme IS a poem, e.g. nursery rhyme. Perfect Rhyme This is when the last stressed syllable and any following syllables all sound the same....

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Poetry Apps

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 July 2011.

Inspired by this piece by the poet and fiction author, Nick Laird in the Guardian (can’t be doing without my Saturday Guardian) I’ve had a look at some of the online poetry tools he mentions. Wattpad – a website to share your stories and poems. You can perhaps read the most popular (What’s Hot) but having a quick scan through showed nothing of interest to me. 1 millions reads? Romance gets a lot of reads here; poetry...

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