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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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Music Books to Look Out for in Oct 2016

Posted by Derek Flynn on 26 September 2016.

Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt – Kristin Hersh First up is a book that’s released this month but somehow passed me by in my last round-up. “‘Friend, asshole, angel, mutant,’ singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt ‘came along and made us gross and broken people seem … I dunno, cooler, I guess.’ A quadriplegic who could play only simple chords on his guitar, Chesnutt recorded seventeen critically acclaimed albums before his death in 2009 …...

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Music & Me – Carmel Harrington

Posted by Derek Flynn on 12 September 2016.

“Music & Me” is a feature in which authors talk about their musical influences, their favourite musicians and their “musical guilty pleasures”. This week’s victim guest is writer, Carmel Harrington. Carmel is an author from Co. Wexford, published with Harper Collins. The Things I Should Have Told You, Every Time A Bell Rings, The Life You Left and Beyond Grace’s Rainbow are translated into eight languages and are regular chart toppers. She is also a panellist on TV3’s Midday...

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Music Books to Watch Out For in Sept 2016

Posted by Derek Flynn on 15 August 2016.

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen “Writing about yourself is a funny business … But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” – Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run. For Boss fans [Disclaimer: Me], this one is the biggie. After over forty years in the business, Bruce has finally decided to put his life...

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Waterford Healing Arts Trust invites you to share your feel-good poetry and prose

Posted by Derek Flynn on 26 July 2016.

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), Ireland’s leading Arts and Health programme, is calling on all avid readers of poetry and/or prose to share with us their favourite poem / piece of prose for a unique event as part of the forthcoming Well festival of arts and wellbeing. Research from the University of Liverpool revealed that people who read as little as 30 minutes a week are 35 per cent more likely to have greater...

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The Levitz Paradigm – A New Way of Thinking About Plot

Posted by Derek Flynn on 20 July 2016.

Have you ever read a series of novels such as George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” and wondered how Martin kept control of all those various plot strands and endless characters? “Wait … who am I fighting again?” One very interesting technique for doing this is called “The Levitz Paradigm”. This was invented by comic’s writer Paul Levitz. In The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics, another comic’s writer, Dennis O’Neil, explains it thus: “Basically,...

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Music & Me: The Creative Process (with ER Murray)

Posted by Derek Flynn on 5 July 2016.

When I interviewed author Elizabeth Rose Murray for my regular “Music & Me” feature, she said that she couldn’t listen to music while writing. So I was intrigued to discover that music played an important role in her new YA novel, Caramel Hearts, and I set out to discover how she incorporated music into her writing process. Tell us about your new novel, Caramel Hearts. Caramel Hearts tells the story of Liv Bloom, a 14...

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Scripts 2016 Programme Officially Unveiled

Posted by Derek Flynn on 23 June 2016.

The programme for this year’s SCRIPTS Ireland’s Playwriting Festival taking place in Birr next month has been officially unveiled. As per their press release: “The picturesque Offaly town will play host to an ensemble of playwrights, actors, producers, directors for 7 fun filled days from Sunday 3 July- Saturday 9 July. This year’s programme is jam-packed with something for all theatre lovers including Pop-Up Plays, Playwriting for Children, ‘The Literary Loft’, ‘Come Dine & Discuss’...

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Coffee, Tea and Benzedrine: Writer’s Daily Rituals

Posted by Derek Flynn on 23 May 2016.

Joyce Carol Oates once said: “When writers ask each other what time they start working and when they finish and how much time they take for lunch, they’re actually trying to find out ‘Is he as crazy as I am?’” If this is the case, she would have ample opportunity to find out if she picked up Mason Currey’s book, Daily Rituals. Currey has compiled a vast selection of quotes from creative types from many...

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“Hay Festival Kells” Authors Announced: 23-26 June 2016

Posted by Derek Flynn on 9 May 2016.

HAY FESTIVAL KELLS 23-26 June 2016 Imagine the World ~ Samhlaigh an Domhan www.hayfestival.org/kells Hay Festival Kells welcomes Hanif Kureishi, Patrick McCabe, Kevin Barry, Rhianna Pratchett, Eamon Gilmore, Ronan Fanning and many more to County Meath this summer. Earlybird tickets for selected events are available now at www.hayfestival.com/kells Now in its fourth year, Hay Festival Kells returns with an even bigger and more ambitious programme this summer. Situated in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, Kells is a...

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Music Books to Watch Out For in 2016 (Part 2)

Posted by Derek Flynn on 26 April 2016.

In a previous blog, I looked at some of the most interesting music books coming out in the early months of 2016. Here’s a look at some more that will be published in the coming months. The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise by Brix Smith Start (May 2016) “The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is the extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start. Best known for her work in The Fall …...

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