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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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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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Music & Me: Sarah Davis-Goff

Posted by Derek Flynn on 2 July 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? My earliest memories are very Christmas-focused. My parents aren’t particularly musical people and I don’t remember a lot of music in the house growing up as a rule, but every Christmas my mother would crank up her old record player and play Mozart while she was putting up decorations – I still get Christmassy shivers when I hear certain pieces, I love how music has that power. Who or...

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Music & Me: Helen Cullen

Posted by Derek Flynn on 25 June 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? As the youngest of six children, I was bombarded by music from the moment I was born and I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a house filled with music. There are three musical memories from my childhood that are really vivid in my mind: Seeing Culture Club on Top of the Pops, acting out the video for “I Don’t like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats with...

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Music & Me: Peter (Cursed) Murphy

Posted by Derek Flynn on 10 June 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? From years one through ten: an old orange mono record player in the living room on which my mother would play Count John McCormack albums. The Dubliners’ croaking ‘Weela Weela Waile’ – my introduction to the art of the murder ballad. My first purchase: Gary Glitter’s ‘I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)’, bought from White’s Electrical in Enniscorthy. My father listening to Ceili House on Radio 1...

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Music & Me: Joanna Walsh

Posted by Derek Flynn on 27 May 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? I was at school and everything was new and terrifying. I was probably about 5. One of the teachers told the class to ‘draw your favourite pop band’ and I was paralysed with horror because I hadn’t the least clue what a ‘pop band’ was. I knew music came out of the radio but I had no idea how it got there. We didn’t have a telly so I...

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