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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.

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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“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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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Paul Murray and The Practice of Writing

Posted by Derek Flynn on 25 June 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 Paul Murray. Paul Murray’s second novel, Skippy Dies was longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Murray opens with a quip....

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James Joyce: A Man of Contradictions

Posted by Derek Flynn on 15 June 2014.

Despite having only published four novels in his lifetime, there have been more articles and books written about James Joyce than probably any other writer in the 20th century. And yet, despite the wealth of material on both his life and his works, he still remains something of an enigma. Every year on the 16th of June, Bloomsday is celebrated in Ireland and all around the world, commemorating the events that took place on that...

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Paula Meehan and the Practice of Writing

Posted by Derek Flynn on 4 June 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. Sometimes, this involved talking about the practical process of writing; other times the writers talked more generally about what writing meant to them. I thought it would be interesting to share some of...

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“The Old Art of Lying”: Trinity Creative Writing Students Launch Anthology

Posted by Derek Flynn on 26 May 2014.

I wrote in a recent blog post about my experience of studying for the MPhil in Creative Writing at the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing in Trinity College. I also mentioned that as part of our course work, students had to compile, edit and publish an anthology of our writing. The work has been done and now the moment is upon us when we release our baby into the world. The tradition of previous...

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The Release Of My New Album, “Debris”

Posted by Derek Flynn on 15 May 2014.

In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, I’ll be launching my third album “Debris” in The Long Stone Pub, Townsend Street in Dublin on Saturday, May 17. When I set about recording this new album, I had an idea in mind that it might be more acoustic than the previous two albums, which were very much electric guitar based. As I began to work on the songs, however, I realised that – with the...

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