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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.

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Posted by Derek Flynn on 29 November 2011.

A tale of how, with music, the smallest thing can move people in the strangest ways It’s a hot, summer night, as the song goes, and I’m playing a bar in Bay Ridge, NewYork, called – improbably – The Jolly Sparrow. It’s what we in Ireland would call an ‘old man’s bar’, but it’s just been taken over by a couple of young guys trying to make it into a live music venue. I like...

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Guest V-Fiction: The Deal Master

Posted by Derek Flynn on 23 November 2011.

A special piece of V-Fiction from one of the readers of this blog. In the past few weeks I’ve been talking a lot about V-Fiction – the amalgamation of words, music and video. Last week, I opened it up to the public. I invited submissions from authors of short snippets of their work that I would make a video for and score. I got a number of submissions but could only pick one piece. (Otherwise,...

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It’s Your V-Fiction!

Posted by Derek Flynn on 17 November 2011.

This week, I want to showcase your writing in a piece of V-Fiction. In recent weeks on the Songbook blog, I’ve been discussing V-Fiction. V-Fiction is the merging of writing, music and video. If you missed the previous pieces I posted, you can see them here and here. The idea with V-Fiction is – not only is it a novel new way of approaching these three disciplines – but it’s also a great way of hooking your potential...

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“Any Dream Will Do” Book Launch

Posted by Derek Flynn on 9 November 2011.

Twitter and non-Twitter folk crammed into Dubray Books on Tuesday night to see Keith Barry launch Maria Duffy’s new book, Any Dream Will Do. It was a wet and dreary night in Dublin on Tuesday night – not the kind of night that would encourage people to come to a book launch in Grafton Street. But come they did – in their droves – for the launch of Maria Duffy’s debut novel, Any Dream Will Do. The...

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What Would Henry Miller Do?

Posted by Derek Flynn on 3 November 2011.

This week, I’m trying another marriage of words, music and images. What I call: V-Fiction. This week, I’m trying another marriage of words, music and images. What I call: V-Fiction. In this piece, I use a bunch of random images to help tell the story. This piece is called “What Would Henry Miller Do?”


Posted by Derek Flynn on 26 October 2011.

An experiment in something new, I call “V-Fiction”. For the past couple of weeks on this blog, I’ve been talking about how musicians and writers have combined music and writing. There’s one other element to this that I haven’t mentioned yet and that’s video. With the advent of new technology, an exciting new development is the merging of – not only words and music – but also imagery. I mentioned in a previous post about...

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The Soundtrack of Your Life

Posted by Derek Flynn on 19 October 2011.

This week I look at new innovations merging literature and music I’ve been talking here recently about the interaction between words and music, and this week I want to look at some very interesting developments to do with both of these. The first of these is the use of music as a way of generating interest in a book. As authors look for new and innovative ways of publicising their books, many have turned to...

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Words and Music by…

Posted by Derek Flynn on 12 October 2011.

What do literature and music have in common? More than you might think. There was time when being a writer and being a musician were two completely separate things. Writers were solitary, reclusive individuals who shuffled around in their pyjamas mumbling to themselves, while musicians were rock gods who strutted the stage, ingested massive quantities of illegal substances, and … well, shall we say, got better acquainted with their female fans. No more. Now writers...

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Method Writing

Posted by Derek Flynn on 5 October 2011.

We all know what ‘Method Acting’ is, but what’s ‘Method Writing’? We’ve all heard of “method acting”. This is where an actor completely immerses themselves in a character to the point where they “become” the character. Daniel Day Lewis is a prime example of this approach. He’s learnt to be a butcher and a boxer for his film roles, and is known for staying in character throughout the flm shoot. This brings me to what...

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The Ghost of Ms. Worby & Other Tales

Posted by Derek Flynn on 28 September 2011.

A week in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig is like a decade in paradise. The first thing I notice when I walk in the door of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre is the chilled-out atmosphere. On arrival, I’m greeted by Mary who runs the office. She gives me a big smile and shows me where I’ll be staying. When I walk into the dining-room, there are various artists sitting around, some drinking coffee and chatting,...

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