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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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Focal – Wexford Literary Festival Launched

Posted by Derek Flynn on 8 May 2014.

May 16th 2014 will see the launch of  Focal – Wexford Literary Festival.  Wexford Ambassador and RTE Presenter Anne Doyle has very kindly agreed to launch Wexford`s 1st Annual Literary Festival, at 8pm in the Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Focal – Wexford Literary Festival has been established to celebrate the wealth of literary talent that County Wexford holds. The aim is to make Focal a highlight in the Irish Literary Calendar in what...

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Writers in the Wilde

Posted by Derek Flynn on 28 April 2014.

Last September, 2013, I started the MPhil in Creative Writing in Trinity College, Dublin. To say I didn’t know what to expect would be an understatement. It was to be my first experience of a university in a class environment (I’d gotten my degree through Dublin City University’s Distance Education programme). As it turned out, though, this wasn’t to be your average college course. The classes take place in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish...

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Win Lunch With An Agent at The Nibfest Write-a-Thon

Posted by Derek Flynn on 24 April 2014.

Nibfest, London and on-line based festival of writing, is calling on unpublished writers to take part in its 2014 write-a-thon. Entries will be judged by an expert panel of literary agents and published writers. The prize is lunch with a Watson, Little literary agent – which could lead to representation and a book deal. In 2013, literary agent Laetitia Rutherford launched Nibfest, a packed weekend of author events plus a weekend-long write-a-thon in London’s Notting...

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Listowel Writers’ Week: A Great Festival Programme!

Posted by Derek Flynn on 17 April 2014.

Listowel Writers’ Week runs from Wednesday 28th May until Sunday 1st June and is delighted to unveil details of their annual literary festival, which takes place in the historical and intimate surroundings of Listowel, Co. Kerry. Now entering its 43rd year, the festival is long renowned for bringing together local and international novelists, poets, playwrights and audiences in what is now widely regarded as the Literary Capital of Ireland. This year’s international authors include IMPAC...

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John Treacy: Bookseller of the Year

Posted by Derek Flynn on 1 April 2014.

John Treacy, owner of International Education Services in Kildare, was announced as this year’s winner of THE O’BRIEN PRESS BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR AWARD, at the annual Booksellers Association Conference and Dinner Dance at The Gibson Hotel on Saturday 29th April 2014. Ivan O’Brien, Managing Director of The O’Brien Press said, “John Treacy has put his heart and soul into selling books ever since IES started 40 years ago. His attention to detail is amazing,...

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Writing a Script? FilmOffaly Filmbase Award

Posted by Derek Flynn on 14 March 2014.

Following Brendan Gleeson’s recent endorsement of FilmOffaly, details of the annual FilmOffaly/Filmbase award have just been announced. Domhnall Gleeson was the first recipient of the FilmOffaly Award in 2009 for Noreen and Brendan, who stars in the film, recently said the FilmOffaly award “makes you stop talking about it, and just do it… everything is there, by hook or by crook or because it is well planned”. The Gleeson’s took a 4 day break while filming Harry Potter to make Noreen in January 2010,...

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Call for Waterford Memory Stories for Waterford Writers Weekend

Posted by Derek Flynn on 1 March 2014.

If you’ve a personal memoir or memory story about Waterford or the surrounding area, you could feature at Waterford Writers Weekend  20th-23rd March. Working in conjunction with Writing.ie, the programmers at Waterford Writers Weekend are looking for stories for a Tell Your Own Story event on Saturday 22nd March 12-1pm at the Local Studies Room in the Central Library. Writers will have an opportunity to read their work at the event, sharing their memories with...

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The Kinks’ Ray Davies Headlines the Dublin Writers Festival

Posted by Derek Flynn on 26 February 2014.

Music icon, the Kinks’ Ray Davies, will be in Dublin this May to participate in a very special event at the 2014 Dublin Writers Festival. Davies will be in conversation with author Joseph O’Connor at the National Concert Hall on Monday 19th May, discussing the Kinks’ relationship with America, explored in his new book Americana: the Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff. Dublin Writers Festival returns this year for an extended 9 days, running from 17-...

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Filmbase Filmmakers Race Against Time to Get Their Films Funded

Posted by Derek Flynn on 18 February 2014.

A couple of weeks ago writing.ie featured an article about crowd-source funding for books, but it’s also a way to raise money for other projects and the students of the MSc in Digital Feature Film Production at Filmbase are currently in the midst of a frantic funding campaign on Indiegogo.com. Seeking to raise funds for an extremely exciting project, they are attempting to raise €25,000 by the 9th March in order to produce two feature...

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Insights, recitals & anecdotes on Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, James Joyce & more

Posted by Derek Flynn on 16 February 2014.

“Words alone are certain good” WB Yeats – (The Song of the Happy Shepherd) Ulick O’Connor is a biographer, playwright, poet, literary historian and critic. To celebrate his 85 years, he is releasing this unique collection of his interviews, delivered in his inimitable style, chronicling the lives & works of some of literature’s most interesting figures, some of whom he knew personally. O’Connor’s books include biographies of Oliver St. John Gogarty, Brendan Behan and the...

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