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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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Writer’s Incubation 2019 with Lani O’ Hanlon

Posted by Derek Flynn on 18 February 2019.

The Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council is pleased to announce details of their Writer’s Incubation 2019   A year-long sustained literary relationship with your inner muse with Author, Poet and group facilitator, Lani O’ Hanlon Writer, Lani O’ Hanlon explains, ‘This year-long Writer’s Incubation is aimed at those who would like to immerse and support themselves with the focus, intention, gentle discipline and enthusiasm to sustain a consistent writing practice using observation, reflection, memory,...

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Fish Flash Fiction Prize

Posted by Derek Flynn on 12 February 2019.

Fish Publishing are currently running a flash fiction competition and the top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019. The details are as follows: Word Limit: 300 Closes: 28 Feb ’19 Results: 10 April ’19 Anthology Published: July ’19 Entry Fees: €14 (€8 subsequent entries) Prizes: Top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019. 1st: €1,000 2nd: €300 3rd: Online Writing Course with Fish From their website: The Fish Flash Fiction Prize is an...

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Literary One Hit Wonders

Posted by Derek Flynn on 4 February 2019.

Everyone knows about pop music’s one hit wonders, but did you know that literature has its fair share as well? I came across a great article about this recently in the Irish Examiner, entitled “One Hit Literary Wonders”. Of course, when we mention literary one hit wonders, most people will think of Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird, possibly the most famous example (and we’ll ignore the dubious release of Go Set A Watchman). But...

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My Year in Self-Publishing – The Story So Far

Posted by Derek Flynn on 31 December 2018.

A little over a year ago, I embarked on my self-publishing adventure. I now have two books published – Broken Falls and The Dead Girls – and, as it’s the end of the year, I figured I’d jot down some of my thoughts on the experience so far. I suppose the main thing is that most of the preconceptions I had going in were largely borne out. Yes, it is a hard slog pushing your...

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Music & Me: Caoilinn Hughes

Posted by Derek Flynn on 10 December 2018.

What are your earliest musical memories? I doubt this can be answered honestly. The earliest music I might have been exposed to (disclaimer: this still feels highly constructed and dubious) include my parents humming me to sleep; RTE Radio 1 jingles in the kitchen; the parish choir; my older siblings playing their sophisticated music (Vanilla Ice, Radiohead, R.E.M., En Vogue) and screeching notes from a violin; whatever music accompanied Bosco. Who knows? There was a lot of...

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Music & Me: Jessica Traynor

Posted by Derek Flynn on 26 November 2018.

What are your earliest musical memories? I had a little portable tape recorder that my mum used to play me tapes on to help me fall asleep. I think I must have been four or five at the time? And the choices were Puff the Magic Dragon or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. What a mad combo! I loved them both, but the swirling violins at the end of the summer movement in The Four Seasons used...

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Music & Me: Jo Spain

Posted by Derek Flynn on 19 November 2018.

What are your earliest musical memories? My dad playing LPs. His taste was eclectic, so anything from Boney M to the Beatles. He was a musician; he played guitar and sang and was my first singing teacher. I joined a classical choir when I was small but it was too far to keep attending, sadly. Who or what were your musical influences growing up and why? My dad, but I also come from one of...

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A Room Of One’s Own

Posted by Derek Flynn on 10 November 2018.

Writers and readers alike are always fascinated by articles on how and where writers ply their craft. A recent article “Inside the rooms where 20 famous books were written” is one such article. Among the many rooms contained in this article is this fabulous study in Ernest Hemingway’s house in Cuba, where he wrote many of his most famous books, including For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Moveable Feast, and The Old Man and the Sea. Slightly less lavish...

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Company Seeking Full Time Editor in Waterford

Posted by Derek Flynn on 30 October 2018.

A Waterford-based company that specialises in the publication industry is currently seeking an experienced Editor for an exciting new role      Minimum qualifications:                                                               3 years experience in a similar role. Proven ability to copy-edit and proofread content Research experience Strong writing skills (Examples will be required) Good...

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The Truth About Publishing

Posted by Derek Flynn on 27 August 2018.

A recent thread on Twitter by author Delilah S. Dawson caught my eye. Well, it more than caught my eye. It made me nod so much in agreement that I was in danger of dislocating my shoulders. I hope she won’t mind if I quote some of it here. You see, I was that first time author. Well, I still sort of am, even though I’ve just released my second book. I was the one...

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