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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 – 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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MEMOIRS OF A GHOST Tells the Extraordinary True Story of Lee Miller

Posted by Derek Flynn on 14 October 2019.

Model. Muse. War photographer. Friend and lover of Picasso and Man Ray. Lee Miller was all these things. So why has the world forgotten her? Inspired by an extraordinary true story, the play “Memoirs of a Ghost” brings to life a forgotten 20th century icon in a night of spellbinding theatre. Lee Miller started out as a model and muse for Man Ray, Picasso, and the Surrealists in 1930s Paris. She later became a photographer...

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Music & Me: Ali Land

Posted by Derek Flynn on 28 September 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? Grease, Grease 2, and Dirty Dancing. From the age of nine, I grew up at a boarding school in rural Scotland. Every weekend night, after curfew, we would drag our duvets downstairs and into the common room where we’d watch one of the above movies. I use the word ‘watch’ loosely, as our kind of watching mostly consisted of leaping from sofa to sofa and using hairbrushes as microphones...

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2020 International Rubery Book Award now OPEN for self-published books 

Posted by Derek Flynn on 13 September 2019.

2020 International Rubery Book Award is now OPEN for self-published and independently published books. Here’s what they have to say: “The International Rubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self-published books. We receive entries from all over the world. The key to our success is having a keen eye for quality from distinguished and reputable judges. We pride ourselves on judging thoroughly which can certainly be...

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Orion launches new digital imprint “Dash”

Posted by Derek Flynn on 24 August 2019.

Interesting new for aspiring authors out there who are looking for somewhere to submit their manuscripts. Orion is launching a new digital-first commercial fiction imprint called Dash this autumn. The venture, which aims to “connect readers with stories, fast” will publish across all fiction genres including romance, comedy, suspense, historical tales and thought-provoking novels about the modern world. Dash is looking for more authors from across the storytelling world, including UK and Ireland, India, South...

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We Need To Talk About Colm (And Margaret. And Kazuo. And Ian.)

Posted by Derek Flynn on 24 July 2019.

At the heart of Tóibín’s comments lies – not only a snobbery – but a hypocrisy that is startling There have been quite a few column inches expended on Colm Tóibín’s comments over the last few days. If you haven’t read them, here’s what he said: “I can’t do thrillers and I can’t do spy novels. I can’t do any genre-fiction books, really, none of them. I just get bored with the prose. I don’t...

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Modwordsfest Returns to Waterford

Posted by Derek Flynn on 9 July 2019.

This weekend – Sat 13 and Sun 14, July – Waterford will be all about words, as Modwordsfest takes over the city. Now in its third year, the festival has gone from strength to strength. What started out initially as a spoken word festival has expanded to include all types of writing. Organised by spoken word poet and creative writing facilitator, Anna Jordan, this year’s festival will feature everything from short plays and workshops in...

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