writing_ie-logo

gerry-chaney-blogs-header

Guest Blogs

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

You can follow Derek online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

A Celebration of the Music of Rory Gallagher

Posted by Derek Flynn on 21 October 2014.

A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF RORY GALLAGHER WITH BAND OF FRIENDS Feat. GERRY McAVOY + TED McKENNA & MARCEL SCHERPENZEEL “Really has the atmosphere of a Rory concert” – Lust For Life “This is not a tribute band but a group of its own. The trio work wonders.” – Rock & Folk “Sparks fly from the first note. The Band of Friends is pure cracker.” – Bluesfocus In the era of tribute acts who deliver note-perfect renditions of their heroes’...

Read the full article >>

The Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is…

Posted by Derek Flynn on 14 October 2014.

Richard Flanagan has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, published by Chatto & Windus. Click here to see the full list of nominees. The Tasmanian-born author is the third Australian to win the coveted prize which, for the first time in its 46-year history, is now expanded to include entries from writers of all nationalities, writing originally in English and...

Read the full article >>

The Daily Rituals of Famous Writers

Posted by Derek Flynn on 25 September 2014.

To celebrate the release of the book “Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, And Get To Work”, by Mason Curry, Shortlist.com took a look at ten of the authors featured. Here’s a taster: Jane Austen Austen rose early, before the other women were up, and played the piano. At 9:00 she organised the family breakfast, her one major piece of household work. Then she settled down to write in the sitting room, often with her...

Read the full article >>

Euan Thorneycroft: The Practice of Writing

Posted by Derek Flynn on 4 September 2014.

As part of my TCD MPhil in Creative Writing course, we had a class called “The Practice of Writing”, a one hour class where writers and agents would come into the class and talk about what the practice of writing involved for them. Euan Thorneycroft is a literary agent who represents crime, thrillers, historicals and speculative fiction at the A.M. Heath literary agency. Euan opens with the question: “What do agents do?” His answer: “Contracts, PR,...

Read the full article >>

WOW! Award Open for Entries

Posted by Derek Flynn on 2 September 2014.

Submissions for the 2015 WOW! Award opened today at 07.00 UTC.  They will close at 24.00 UTC on Friday October 31st. €2100 in Prize money plus publication in the 2015 WOW! Anthology. Judges for 2015 Poetry: Afric McGlinchey Fiction: Danielle McLaughlin Poems up to 100 lines Fiction up to 3000 words Full details, including how to enter, at www.wordsonthewaves.com There you may also purchase the 2014 WOW! Anthology containing the 14 prize winning poems and stories...

Read the full article >>

Oscar Wilde Festival Galway – It’s Back!

Posted by Derek Flynn on 25 August 2014.

Oscar Wilde Festival Galway returns for its second year this September. From September 5-7, the festival will provide a host of insights into his life and work from speakers from Galway, UK and the US as well as supporting new Irish writing inspired by Wilde. Friday September 5 The festival will kick off on Friday September 5 at 6pm in the Harbour Hotel. The launch will be followed by a talk on the remarkable life...

Read the full article >>

“WRITE ON!” App Review by A Joseph Black

Posted by Derek Flynn on 22 August 2014.

There are a surprising number of apps for writers available, from both the Apple App Store (for iPad and iPhone) and on the Android platform (everything else). Most of these are classed as “Productivity” apps, because they are designed to assist you with the mechanics of writing. They range from apps which make a virtue of their Spartan simplicity and ease of use, to those which allow you to record and save on a mobile...

Read the full article >>

Waterford Healing Arts Trust invites you to share your feel-good poetry and prose

Posted by Derek Flynn on 8 August 2014.

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Ireland’s leading arts and health programme, is inviting people to send them those pieces of poetry and prose that bring solace and joy in preparation for a public reading as part of the second Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing in Waterford. Cassandra Clare once said “it was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone” and it is in the spirit of this link between...

Read the full article >>

Mary Morrissy and the Practice of Writing

Posted by Derek Flynn on 17 July 2014.

As part of my TCD MPhil in Creative Writing course, we had a class called “The Practice of Writing”, a one hour class where established writers would come into the class and talk about what the practice of writing involved for them. This week’s featured writer is Mary Morrissy. Mary Morrissy is an award-winning Irish novelist and short story writer. She is the author of three novels, including her latest, The Rising of Bella Casey....

Read the full article >>

Colin Barret Wins Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

Posted by Derek Flynn on 11 July 2014.

The winner of this years Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award is Irish author Colin Barrett for his debut collection Young Skins. The €25,000 award is the single most lucrative in the world for a collection of short stories and is named after the writer whom W.B. Yeats described as the Irish Chekov. The award has been hugely influential in raising the profile and esteem of the short story form in recent years. Previous winners...

Read the full article >>