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
Published at 46 – An Inspirational Tale for Aspiring Writers
I recently came across this article in The Guardian about Tony Schumacher and his debut novel, The Darkest Hour. Not only is his story inspirational, it’s also fascinating, as he was a dropout from school who went from being a policeman to driving a cab for a living. Click on the article below to read.
UK Premiere of Award-Winning Play “The McGowan Trilogy”
A Russian woman Olga Mamonova who studied Irish history in Moscow (and also learned Irish) always retained her interest in Irish history and politics when she moved abroad. She heard about The McGowan Trilogy (The Cell, NY, 2014) and when she read the script she wanted to stage it as the inaugural play at her newly renovated Kino-Teatr (it was a cinema in the 1930s before it gradually fell into disrepair).She flew to Dublin in...Read the full article >>
Waterford Healing Arts Trust invites you to share your feel-good poetry and prose
According to American novelist William Styron, reading keeps loneliness at bay. It is with this belief in the power of words to connect us to each other, that the Waterford Healing Arts Trust invites people to send them their favourite pieces of poetry and/or prose. If you reach for a favourite poem or prose when you need to be inspired, comforted or cheered up, please e-mail it to WHAT@hse.ie by Wednesday 30th September. Tell us...Read the full article >>
Collaborative book launches – the future of book marketing?
On 3rd June this year, CompletelyNovel.com held its second One Big Book Launch in London – an initiative harnessing the power of collaboration to launch ten new books from ten emerging authors at the same event. And yes – it was the best night of the year once again. Here’s why it worked, and what you can take forward into your own marketing. The Idea Last year, the CompletelyNovel team were chatting to authors about...Read the full article >>
When Writer’s Attack … The Sequel!
If you haven’t read it, you can check out the original “When Writer’s Attack …” post here and then strap yourself in for some more pithy author put-downs. What’s interesting about author put-downs is that many are not afraid to go for the big hitters. Cervantes’ Don Quixote is regarded as a classic. Unless you’re Martin Amis: “Reading Don Quixote can be compared to an indefinite visit from your most impossible senior relative, with all...Read the full article >>
Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”
If you’re a writer looking for writing advice, you can’t have failed to notice that the bookshelves in your local bookshop/library are heaving under the weight of “How To Write Fiction” books. However, I’m going to stick my neck out and say that there is probably only one “Guide to Writing Fiction” book that you will ever need: Stephen King’s “On Writing”. My copy sits – dog-eared – on my bookshelf and it’s probably been...Read the full article >>
Music & Me: Chris Binchy
“Music & Me” is a new feature in which authors talk about their musical influences, their favourite musicians and their “musical guilty pleasures”. This week’s victim guest is Chris Binchy, author of four novels, the most recent of which is “Five Days Apart”. What are your earliest musical memories? We lived in Canada when I was young, so my first memories are of the music my parents were listening to there. ‘Clouds’ and ‘Blue’ by Joni...Read the full article >>
Music & Me: John Connolly
“Music & Me” is a new feature in which authors talk about their musical influences, their favourite musicians and their “musical guilty pleasures”. This week’s victim author is John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker mysteries and the Samuel Johnson novels for middle-grade readers. The latest Charlie Parker novel “The Wolf in Winter” is on sale now. What are your earliest musical memories? God, probably listening to a 33 1/3 single of nursery rhymes on my...Read the full article >>
Music & Me: Jennie Ridyard
“Music & Me” is a new feature in which authors talk about their musical influences, their favourite musicians and their “musical guilty pleasures”. This week’s victim author is Jennie Ridyard, co-author with John Connolly of the YA series “The Chronicles of the Invaders”, the second volume of which – “Empire” – is on sale now. What are your earliest musical memories? My mum borrowed a record from the public library – we old skool folk...Read the full article >>
Music & Me: Arlene Hunt
“Music & Me” is a new feature in which authors talk about their musical influences, their favourite musicians and their “musical guilty pleasures”. This week’s victim author is crime writer, Arlene Hunt. Arlene is the author of eight novels, including her latest, The Outsider, which was described as “Masterful” by the Sunday Times. What are your earliest musical memories? I listened to all kinds of weird Irish folk music when I was a kid, (‘Lemon...Read the full article >>