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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com

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Submissions Call: NEWvember New Plays Festival

Posted by ERMurray on 18 March 2020.

Submissions deadline: April 26th 2020 The 9th annual NEWvember New Plays Festival, Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th November 2020, announces its call for submissions for this year’s festival. NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over one weekend at venues across Dublin, produced by the theatre company AboutFACE Ireland. There is no fee for submissions and all plays are read blind of name or gender by our panel. The...

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Winners Announced of the 2020 Romantic Novel Awards

Posted by ERMurray on 3 March 2020.

The Romantic Novelists’ Association today announced the winners for the prestigious 2020 Romantic Novel Awards, and author Milly Johnson was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award. Sadly, Irish shortlisted authors Hazel Gaynor, Jessica Thorne and Lucinda Riley missed out on any of the big prizes. The RNA’s awards are the only national literary prizes that recognise excellence in the genre of romantic fiction. In 2020 they comprise the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, the...

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Competition: Review Owen Dwyer’s Number Games

Posted by ERMurray on 25 February 2020.

Competition deadline:  31st March 2020 Do you think you’d make a good reviewer? Liberties Press, in conjunction with their author Owen Dwyer, are running a competition for the best review of the first 3 chapters of Owen’s Book Number Games. The competition is FREE to enter and has a first prize of €350. Second prize €100 and third €50. Your review will also be published on the Writers.ie and Liberties website. To enter, simply click...

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The Sunshine Tantrum Tour for Spoken Word Artists

Posted by ERMurray on 20 February 2020.

Boundless and Bare currently have a call out for spoken word artists to join our national spoken word tour this summer. Boundless & Bare is a spoken word agency making steps to raising the profile of spoken word in Ireland through the promotion and representation of artists and events featuring poetry, comedy, storytelling, hip/hop and theatre. The Sunshine Tantrum Tour is a tour that takes place during the month of July for spoken word artists....

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Beckett in Foxrock 2020: Krapp’s Last Tape & Beckett’s Letters

Posted by ERMurray on 15 February 2020.

Saturday 28th March at 8pm Tullow Church, Brighton Road, Foxrock Krapp’s Last Tape and Samuel Beckett’s Letters are linked together by their strong local connection in a double bill for this year’s Beckett in Foxrock production. In the play (“Beckett’s one-act masterpiece” The Telegraph), Krapp wistfully calls to mind his writing life, his lost loves, his mother and remembers attending church but drifts off to sleep and falls off the pew. The pew that Beckett...

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2020 World Book Day: Share a Million Stories

Posted by ERMurray on 20 January 2020.

LET’ S SHARE A MILLION STORIES, SAYS WORLD BOOK DAY To kick off the New Year and get ready to celebrate World Book Day 2020 (Thursday 5 March), the charity behind the biggest celebration of books and reading is calling on the nation to get involved in an unprecedented mass super-share – and SHARE A MILLION STORIES. Building on the phenomenal success of the Share a Story campaign, now entering its third year, the super...

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Writers in Residence at the Irish College, Leuven for 2020

Posted by ERMurray on 17 January 2020.

Closing date for application: 20th January 2020. The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (LCIS) offers a grant to four writers per year to be Writer in Residence: two in spring (March-April), two in autumn (October-November). We offer a quiet room in an inspiring city, with ample time and space to get some work done. We also hope that the strong Irish tradition in Leuven will allow for familiarity while in a new city. Our Irish...

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Rapper, beatboxer, poet and pub singer on audio drama shortlists

Posted by ERMurray on 9 January 2020.

The Society of Authors has announced the 2020 shortlists for the Imison Award for the best original script by a new writer, and the Tinniswood Award for the best audio drama script of the year. This year’s shortlistees for the 2020 Imison Award include rapper and beatboxer Testament, South African author Colette Victor and poet and pub singer Vicky Foster. The award is presented annually and honours the best original script broadcast in the UK...

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Jeb Stuart Screenwriting Masterclass

Posted by ERMurray on 4 January 2020.

Award-winning screenwriter, Jeb Stuart, is to host a masterclass in writing action movies at the Irish Film Institute. Jeb Stuart is the screenwriter responsible for, amongst others, Die Hard and The Fugitive. Using clips from his blockbusting classics, he will explore the process of mapping twists, creating charismatic characters and crafting memorable lines. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from a master of his discipline. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from a...

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Society of Authors reveals £20,000 Translation Prizes shortlists

Posted by ERMurray on 1 December 2019.

The Society of Authors has today announced seven shortlists for its annual Translation Prizes. Sharing in a total prize fund worth almost £20,000, the winners will be announced in a ceremony at The British Library Knowledge Centre on Wednesday 12 February 2020. The thirty-five shortlisted works, translated from nine languages, were described by the judges as ‘vivid’, ‘intense’, ‘compelling’, and ‘seeming to accomplish the impossible’. They are stunning translations into English from German, French, Spanish,...

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