A blog by NEWP
Developed by writing.ie and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the National Emerging Writer Programme is consists of three 40 minute videos: ‘Start Writing’, ‘Telling the Story’ and ‘Revising, Rewriting and Overcoming Obstacles’. Focusing on essential writing technique, it is packed full of tips.
Want to Join or Start a Writer’s Group?
Scroll down to find a writers group near you! One of the key elements that became obvious from our work on the National Emerging Writer Programme was just how useful writers groups can be. But from talking to writers, we know that they can be tricky to find. Eileen Casey who set up several extremely productive writing groups in Dublin, explains in this PDF Setting up a Writing Group, how to set up a group...Read the full article >>
Book Lovers Needed
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:...Read the full article >>
Fancy blogging about fashion for the Guardian?
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...Read the full article >>
The Power of Words
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...Read the full article >>
Beautiful Bookshops – from the Gutter!
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
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...Read the full article >>
Free Tickets for John Giles in Dun Laoghaire
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...Read the full article >>
Free Tickets for TC Boyle
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you...Read the full article >>
Converted to Red Ribbons Crime
“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...Read the full article >>
Free Tickets for Eoin Colfer and Darren Shan!
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...Read the full article >>