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A blog by Alison Wells

Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize's she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison's full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.

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Into the Light Creative Writing Yoga Retreat – A Review

Posted by Alison Wells on 5 February 2018.

Writing.ie recently featured an article on the Into the Light Creative Writing Yoga Retreat, in which participants explored the relationship between yoga and creativity – specifically creative writing. Francesca Hepton sent us this fantastic review: The retreat was amazing! Isn’t that what everyone expects me to say? Critics of retreats and events are either totally enamoured by what they experienced or completely disappointed and let down. Well I’m on the A-plus bus for this event. If...

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Submissions Call: Association Creative Krk from Croatia

Posted by Alison Wells on 29 January 2018.

Submissions deadline: 9th March 2018 Kreativni Krk (Creative Krk Association – NGO) invite photographers, visual artists, writers and spoken word artists to submit their works for a juried group exhibition which will be held from April 27th to May 15th, 2018 in the town of Krk (Croatia) as a part of the “Labour Day Incubator” Festival. About 2018 Incubator: This year’s 8th annual Labour Day Incubator (Prvomajski Inkubator) is a music/artistic/educational festival organized by Creative...

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The Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018

Posted by Alison Wells on 24 January 2018.

Bill Pullman, Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Schrader, Cillian Murphy, Barry Keoghan, Lance Daly, Nora Twomey, Paddy Considine, Sandy Powell, and Lynne Ramsay lead an exquisite line-up of Irish and International film talent coming to the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018. The Audi Dublin International Film Festival brings the world’s best films to Dublin in its spectacular 16th edition that includes seven World Premieres and a total of over 100 features, nearly all receiving their Irish...

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Audio Drama Awards 2018: The Imison Award and Tinniswood Award

Posted by Alison Wells on 4 January 2018.

The Society of Authors has announced the shortlists for this year’s Imison Award (for best original audio drama script by a writer new to the medium) and Tinniswood Award (for best original audio drama script of the year). The awards will be presented by Philip Pullman at the BBC Audio Drama Awards on 28 January. The Imison Award Shortlist The Imison Award is presented annually and honours the best original script, by a writer new...

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The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Posted by Alison Wells on 14 December 2017.

The Word Forest Organisation is a small charity that has run the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize annually since 2014. The entry fee is £5 and they plant a tree in Bore, Kenya for every entry received. On top of that they build so much needed classrooms in the same community. Here are all the details: First Prize – £1,000 Second Prize – £300 Third Prize – £100 Two Highly Commended – £50 Open for entries...

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Caroline E. Farrell wins Carousel Aware Prize Best Novel 2017

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 11 December 2017.

Caroline E. Farrell’s independently published novel, LADY BETH, has won the Carousel Aware Prize for Best Novel 2017. A psychological thriller, the novel has been described as a ‘gritty urban thriller’ with ‘language that is rich, layered and gothic is style’. The novel centres on Beth, a quiet woman, working hard and living only for her teenage son, Jesse. When he dies suddenly following a drug-fueled party, a very different woman emerges, for Beth has...

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Literature Today: Submission Opportunities at New Literary Journal

Posted by Alison Wells on 13 November 2017.

Submission Deadline: 25th November, 2017 Literature Today is a new literary Journal. It is an effort to bring poets and writers around the world on one platform. They focus and strive to present creative works of poets and writers around the world in print form. They will publish theme based issues. At present, they are inviting poems and short stories for our Seventh issue: We are inviting submissions for December 2017 issue of ‘Literature Today’....

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Words And Women Writing Competition

Posted by Alison Wells on 7 November 2017.

Competition Deadline: 15th November 2017 Are you a prose writer? Do you write fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction? Do you enjoy life-writing? Essay-writing? Then enter your work for 2017’s Words And Women Writing Competition. National prize: £1,000 & up to a month’s writing residency (retreat), provided by Hosking Houses Trust. Regional prize: £600 & a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust. Winners will be published in the Words And Women Compendium. Entries judged by...

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Special Spontaneity Issue raises money for the homeless

Posted by Alison Wells on 13 October 2017.

Ruth McKee’s wonderful zine of interconnected, inspirational writing, photography, artwork and more takes on a special flavour this time in the HOME issue. Stellar contributors have gathered to contribute to this new issue.  Featuring Jan Carson N Ní Chonchúir Nuala Ní Chonchúir / Nuala O’Connor Alan McMonagle Kevin Higgins Stephanie Conn Kerrie O’ Brien Lisa Frank Liz Quirke Ingy Pops Lauren Foley Cath Bore Niall McArdle Denise Blake Susan Millar DuMars John Walsh Martin Malone...

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Bookshops Unveil Top Books of 2017

Posted by Alison Wells on 6 October 2017.

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards: Shortlist Revealed Bookshops across the UK & Ireland have today revealed their favourite books and authors of 2017 across six categories as part of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards – the only book award curated by bookshops – supported by National Book Tokens. Best-selling and award-winning writers are among this year’s shortlist, as well as numerous debut authors. New for this year, winners from the Middle Grade...

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