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A blog by Caren Kennedy

CAREN KENNEDY runs writing.ie's Word Play blog and is the creator of a television series currently in pre-production with Warner Bros TV and co-author of Fake Alibis (BenBella Books, 2009). As well as being a regular contributor to Journal.ie, publishing credits include local, national and international publications. In conjunction with The Inkwell Group, Caren also gives one-to-one mentoring on how to begin writing for television in her online course: http://www.inkwellwriters.ie/workshops/writing-tv-treatments. She is represented in the US by Vamnation Entertainment and TriadaUS Literary Agency.

You can follow Caren online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Book Lovers Needed

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 3 January 2013.

If you’re chewing hard on what New Year resolutions to make, or not as the case may be, why not resolve to make signing up to be a World Book Night Giver your first resolution for 2013?  Doing so means you join 19,999 other passionate readers in gifting books across Ireland and the UK on 23rd April 2013. Still have doubts? Then read this quote from Sara Waters, author of Fingersmith, and feel the love:...

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Fancy blogging about fashion for the Guardian?

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 11 December 2012.

Do you have the voice The Guardian newspaper is currently missing from its catwalk of fashion and beauty bloggers?  Do you to love to write about subjects such as: Style and body image, particularly if you feel your shape is not widely covered in the media. Dressing well on a budget. High-street fashion trends / street style. Best new beauty buys. Expert views of the fashion industry. Men’s fashion. Hairstyles (particularly video tutorials). Shoes. While the guidelines...

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The Power of Words

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 5 December 2012.

Does anyone remember this rhyme – Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me?  What rubbish. Not even as a child did I believe this. Name calling does hurt. Ditto put-downs, snubs and sharpened words. A few weeks ago I was at a party and a “friend” squealed a jellyfish zinger at me, to wit: “Oooooooh! I so love that dress – it really suits you – I’m not surprised you wear...

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Beautiful Bookshops – from the Gutter!

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 23 November 2012.

At the recent Dublin Book Festival, Bob Johnson at the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar set up a pop-up shop in Smock Alley Theatre. The partially restored banqueting hall played host to readers and writers and even had a dedicated children’s corner with fabulous massive furry beanbags to snuggle into…it has to rate as one of the most beautiful bookshops in Ireland! A perfect reading corner…

Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2013

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 29 October 2012.

How fandabbydosey is this?  Channel 4 are now accepting entries for their 2013 screenwriting course, where successful applicants are paid a fee for participating and completing  two drafts of a one hour script. Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday 7 November, so make sure you don’t miss the deadline. The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what...

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Free Tickets for John Giles in Dun Laoghaire

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 10 October 2012.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Library Voices brings you a fabulous programme of authors up close and personal at the stunning County Hall building in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, and we have tickets to give away! In The Great and the Good, Ireland’s leading football pundit and legend of the game John Giles looks back on more than fifty years of football, at developments in the game from the post-War period to the present day, the great players...

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Free Tickets for TC Boyle

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 4 October 2012.

DLR Library Voices Series presents Leading US novelist, TC Boyle   T.C. Boyle’s vivid literary portraits of the wild side of the American landscape have enriched a distinguished career comprising fourteen novels and dozens of short stories dating back to the early 1980s. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a master American storyteller. Tuesday October 9th at 7.30pm County Hall, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire Tickets €8 & €5 concessions from www.paviliontheatre.ie Email us at books@writing.ie if you...

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Converted to Red Ribbons Crime

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 2 October 2012.

“The bad man is everywhere. Can you see him?” asks Louise Phillips, author of best-selling debut novel Red Ribbons, a psychological crime thriller set in Ireland.  Yes. Yes, I can. Growing up in Belfast during the 1970’s at the height of the Troubles, the bad men were everywhere. Our next door neighbour, a Diplock Court Judge, was a so-called ‘legitimate target’ for the bad men. He died taking three bullets in the head, two in...

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Free Tickets for Eoin Colfer and Darren Shan!

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 27 September 2012.

As the Childrens Book Festival gets underway this month, we have some FREE tickets for you! Eoin Colfer launches the dlr Children’s Book Festival on 29th September at 2pm with an exclusive event to celebrate his very last Artemis Fowl adventure, Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian. There will be a bookshop on site at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and Eoin will sign copies of his new book (and his other books) for all...

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Story Pitching Competition for Junior Screenwriters

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 17 September 2012.

How cool is this? The Junior Galway Film Fleadh in association with Galway Film Centre and SpunOut (a leading national youth organisation) announce their fifth annual Story Pitching Competition open to young people between the ages of 10 – 18 years old. If you are interested in competing, you are invited to write a short (500 words) idea for a story – it can be for a feature film, a short film, a documentary, a book or even a video game!...

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