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A blog by Derek Flynn

Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03

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Portrait of the Artist: Sasha Terfous

Posted by Derek Flynn on 24 February 2020.

Portrait of the Artist is a new feature where I focus on artists from around the country who are doing interesting things deserving of your attention. This week it’s Sasha Terfous. Emerging from the arts community in the Sunny South-East, Ireland, Sasha Terfous is now one of Ireland’s important figures in the spoken word community. With her knowledge, eloquence and passion for creative expression, Sasha aims to narrate life’s experiences and has been known to both...

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Adventures in Playwriting

Posted by Derek Flynn on 4 February 2020.

This past weekend, I was thrilled to attend the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards where my play “Memoirs of a Ghost” was nominated in a number of categories, including Best New Play. As I prepared to attend the awards, I started thinking about the long and winding road the play had taken to reach that point. “Memoirs of a Ghost” started life quite a few years ago when I read about a woman...

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Poet and pub singer Vicky Foster, and comedy writer Ian Martin scoop top awards for audio drama writing

Posted by Derek Flynn on 3 February 2020.

2020 winners of the Imison and Tinniswood Awards announced by Patricia Cumper at the star-studded BBC Audio Drama Awards ceremony. Award-winning playwright, producer, and director Patricia Cumper has announced the 2020 winners of the two Society of Authors’ audio drama awards – the Imison, for best original script by a writer new to radio, and the Tinniswood, for best original audio drama script – at the BBC Audio Drama Awards ceremony, hosted by Meera Syal...

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The Rise of Computer-Generated Fiction

Posted by Derek Flynn on 28 January 2020.

A fascinating article from The Guardian on the rise of artificial intelligence writing fiction. One company claims that “Within five years we’ll have scripts written by AI that you would think are better than human writing.” The article quotes the writer Roland Barthes who once claimed “it is language which speaks, not the author”. [Barthes argued] that a text is not a “line of words … releasing a single … meaning (the ‘message’ of the...

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Portrait of the Artist: Laura-Blaise McDowell

Posted by Derek Flynn on 6 January 2020.

Portrait of the Artist is a new feature where I focus on artists from around the country who are doing interesting things deserving of your attention. This week it’s Laura-Blaise McDowell. Laura-Blaise McDowell holds an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, most recently in Still Worlds Turning, an anthology of new Irish writing from No Alibis Press. She was shortlisted in 2016 for the...

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Portrait of the Artist: Nicola Spendlove

Posted by Derek Flynn on 30 December 2019.

Portrait of the Artist is a new feature where I focus on artists from around the country who are doing interesting things deserving of your attention. This week it’s Nicola Spendlove. Nicola Spendlove is an actress, spoken word artist, and award winning playwright; originally from Dublin but shamelessly claiming sunny Tramore as her hometown. When she isn’t sinking her teeth into words in all their beautiful forms, she tricks people into believing she’s an adult...

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Portrait of the Artist – Saoirse Siné

Posted by Derek Flynn on 4 December 2019.

Portrait of the Artist is a new feature where I focus on artists from around the country who are doing interesting things deserving of your attention. First up is Saoirse Siné. Saoirse Siné is a performer and director based in Dublin. As well as performing Saoirse has directed various shows such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Romeo and Juliet, and Grizel. In 2018 she established ‘Scream for Ireland’ which focuses on ensemble, absurdist work and has performed...

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Sébastien Bras or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Amazon Reviews

Posted by Derek Flynn on 28 November 2019.

I recently read an article that – although two years old – really resonated with me. Titled “Acclaimed French chef asks to be stripped of three Michelin stars”, it detailed how, Sébastien Bras, one of France’s most celebrated chefs, asked for his restaurant to be removed from the famous food guide. The article went on: “Sébastien Bras, 46, who runs the acclaimed Le Suquet restaurant in Laguiole … said he wanted to be allowed to...

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Tips for Indie Authors

Posted by Derek Flynn on 19 November 2019.

Being an independent author is never an easy task. Without the backing of the big publishing houses, it can sometimes feel like you’re swimming against the tide. So what can you do to help your book stand out from the crowd? Lizzie Lamb is a historical romance novelist and is one of the many indie authors working at the coal face to try to get her novels in the hands of prospective readers. “As an...

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A City. A Blackout. A Serial Killer. “The Dark”

Posted by Derek Flynn on 4 November 2019.

“You won’t be able to put this book down” – Cat Hogan Ex-cop turned private detective John Ryan has had his fair share of strange cases. The mysterious death of a priest in a remote Newfoundland village in BROKEN FALLS; the terrifying serial killer known as The Trucker in THE DEAD GIRLS. But none have been as strange as the man who turns up claiming he can’t remember who he is. As John attempts to...

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