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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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“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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Could You Write 10,000 Words in Day?

Posted by Derek Flynn on 13 April 2016.

Could you? Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? But there are people out there who claim to be able to do this very thing. And they say they can show you how. The website “Sprint Shack” is dedicated to something called “word sprinting”. In their bio, they say “Sprint Shack is your home for everything related to word sprinting”. So, what is “word sprinting”? Well, Wikipedia helpfully informs us: “A word war (also called word sprint, or...

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Music & Me – Dave Rudden

Posted by Derek Flynn on 21 March 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, Dave Rudden, whose new novel Knights of the Borrowed Dark is on sale now. What are your earliest musical memories? My very earliest musical memories are what my dad used to play on long drives – Christy Moore, Makem & Clancy and the Dubliners. I was fascinated by...

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Music & Me – Rob Doyle

Posted by Derek Flynn on 7 March 2016.

What are your earliest musical memories? In my teens and beyond, whenever I heard certain sixties girl-band, soul pop stuff – the Shirelles, the Ronettes, the Shangri Las – it evoked deep, wistful emotions. I must have heard it as a child and so the effect was acutely nostalgic. Also, my da is a Bob Dylan fanatic – there are portraits on the walls of the family home – so I had an early, continuous...

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Waterford Healing Arts Trust Artist in Residence 2016 Programme

Posted by Derek Flynn on 2 March 2016.

(Video still from ‘Done  Undone’ by John Conway) Call for applications for Artist-in-Residence The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) invites artists to of all arts disciplines to apply for its 2016 Artist-in-Residence programme. WHAT has been running an Artist in Residence programme since 1994. This year, the focus of this residency will be the artist’s engagement of patients in University Hospital Waterford in participatory / collaborative arts experiences. The successful artist will receive a studio...

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Music & Me: Deirdre Sullivan

Posted by Derek Flynn on 22 February 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, Deirdre Sullivan, whose new novel “Needlework” is on sale now. What are your earliest musical memories? My grandmother singing to me when I was in the High Chair. My dad singing as he made the dinner. Rummaging through my parents album collection because I loved the black roundy shape...

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Music Books to Watch Out For in 2016

Posted by Derek Flynn on 27 January 2016.

2016 looks set to be a bumper year for rock biographies and autobiographies. Here’s a sampler of a few that will be published in the first few months of 2016. The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 by Mick Rock (Apr 2016) There will no doubt be a slew of Bowie books throughout the year but this one certainly has the pedigree. Photographer Mick Rock was at the coalface with Bowie during the “Ziggy Stardust and...

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The Best Music Books of 2015

Posted by Derek Flynn on 14 December 2015.

It’s that time of year again – time to take a look at some of the “Best Music Books of 2015”. Having done an exhaustive and highly unscientific search of some of the year’s “Best-of” lists, I’ve compiled some of the books getting the most critical acclaim this year. Reckless – Chrissie Hynde Hynde is known as someone who speaks her mind, whether it’s encouraging the firebombing of McDonald’s or her recent ill-advised rape comments....

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Music & Me: Tara Flynn

Posted by Derek Flynn on 24 November 2015.

“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 comedian and writer, Tara Flynn, whose new book “Giving Out Yards” (a great Xmas stocking filler!) is on sale now. What are your earliest musical memories? Hammering tunelessly away on our old and out-of-tune-itself piano, mainly making stuff up as my music-reading was terrible. In terms of sounds in...

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