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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

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

Don’t Give Up the Day Job

Posted by Derek Flynn on 14 January 2015.

Writers often hear the phrase “Don’t give up the day job”. Not because they’re bad writers, but because only a small percentage of authors actually make their living from writing full-time. It’s interesting to note then that this is not a new phenomenon. In an article for “Business Insider” entitled “15 Famous Writers Who Worked Other Jobs To Pay The Bills”, Vivian Giang looks at the vast spectrum of jobs that some of the world’s...

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Call for Applications for Waterford Artist-in-Residence

Posted by Derek Flynn on 6 January 2015.

Are you an artist? Includes writers! Waterford Healing Arts Trust say: “The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) invites artists to of all arts disciplines to apply for its 2015 Artist-in-Residence programme. WHAT has been running an Artist in Residence programme since 1994. This year, the focus of this residency will be the artist’s engagement of patients in University Hospital Waterford in participatory / collaborative arts experiences. WHAT invites artists of all arts disciplines with a...

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Best Music Books of 2014

Posted by Derek Flynn on 24 December 2014.

2014 was a bumper year for music books. (Yes. I said ‘bumper’. I’m bringing that word back. Deal with it.) Here’s my pick of some of the best. The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus Greil Marcus is one of a dying breed: an old-school rock critic in the Lester Bangs mould (You may remember Lester Bangs as the rock critic played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie Almost...

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An Editor’s Guide to the Worst Writing Mistakes

Posted by Derek Flynn on 11 November 2014.

Editor and Creative Writing teacher Dr. Stephen Carver wrote a blog post recently outlining the top writing mistakes he encounters. First off, he quotes Newman and Mittelmark from their book How Not to Write a Novel: “We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, pointing out the mistakes they recognize instantly because they see them again and again in novels they do not buy.”...

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When Writers Attack …

Posted by Derek Flynn on 30 October 2014.

Many writers are known for their sharp turn of phrase and withering put-downs. It’s no surprise then that when they decide to turn their attention to other writers, the results are entertaining to, to say the least. Vladimir Nabokov is regarded as one of literature’s finest prose stylists, and he certainly wasn’t shy when it came to sharing his opinion of other writers. On Dostoevsky: “Dostoevky’s lack of taste, his monotonous dealings with persons suffering...

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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’...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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