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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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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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Issue Two of BND Spoken Word Magazine Now On Sale

Posted by ERMurray on 28 November 2019.

Boundless and Bare, the Irish Spoken Word Agency, have announced the release of Issue Two of the BND Spoken Word Magazine. BND is the only spoken word magazine in Ireland, that documents the Irish spoken word scene as it exists and evolves, cultivating content with the help of contributors from around the country writing about spoken word communities, submitting essays, articles, reviews, and interviews. In the magazine, Boundless and Bare have covered a large portion of...

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Public Consultation on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

Posted by ERMurray on 26 November 2019.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is seeking the views of stakeholders and interested parties on the transposition of EU Directive 2019/790 into Irish law. Directive 2019/790 (hereinafter “the Copyright Directive”) was published by the European Commission in September 2016 as part of a series of legislative proposals under the Digital Single Market strategy.  The Directive provides a framework for the creation of modern European copyright legislation to take account of technological developments in...

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Deadline Approaching for the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

Posted by ERMurray on 23 November 2019.

Competition deadline: 30th November 2019 For the opportunity to have your short story published in the Fish Anthology 2020, enter the Fish Short Story Prize. Ten stories will be selected for publication. The Fish Short Story Prize was started in 1994, and has become an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons. (Past honorary patrons were Frank McCourt and Dermot Healy). This year’s judge, acclaimed short story writer, novelist and...

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New Literary Tourism Project to Provide Up To €10,000 in Support

Posted by ERMurray on 18 November 2019.

Are you an entrepreneur, culture vulture, or community group? Join a Spot-lit workshop this month in Galway, Mayo or Sligo to discover how to create new products for the untapped literary tourism market in the West of Ireland and bring even more tourists to your region. Spot-lit, a new EU Funded innovation programme, will shine a light on literary tourism over the next three years, with a focus on developing new literary tourism products or...

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The An Post Irish Book Awards 2019

Posted by ERMurray on 14 November 2019.

The An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 take place on Wednesday 20th November. The shortlists feature a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across sixteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language. The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings...

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Leaves Festival: A Celebration of Writing and Music

Posted by ERMurray on 2 November 2019.

The Leaves Festival of Writing and Music, running from the 5-10th of November celebrates the diversity and richness in today’s literary, music, theatre and film scene. Leaves aims to excite and engage with audiences young and old.  Now a weeklong event with over 17 events the diverse and exciting programme has something for all genres. This year’s festival is curated by Dermot Bolger one of Ireland’s best known writers.  Dermot, in his own words describes...

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Writer in residence opportunity at the James Merrill House

Posted by ERMurray on 25 October 2019.

Application deadline: 8th January 2020 Stonington, Connecticut, is an old Portuguese fishing village with a lot of historic points. It is situated between New York and Boston and from the point of the borough you can see Rhode Island. James Merrill was a Pulitzer prize (1977) winning poet who lived and wrote in Stonington at 107 Water Street. The house is now a designated historic landmark. Applications are now open for writer residencies at this...

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Irish Book Week announces dates for 2019

Posted by ERMurray on 17 October 2019.

Bookselling Ireland and Publishing Ireland were joined in Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, by authors and reading advocates Rick O’Shea, Niall Breslin (Bressie) and Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen to announce the 2019 Irish Book Week dates – Saturday 26th October to Saturday 2nd November. Celebrating Irish published books, Irish authored books and Irish interest books, as well as the wonderful bookshops in which to buy them, bookshops across the country will be hosting events, window...

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Opportunity for New Gaelic Writers

Posted by ERMurray on 14 October 2019.

The Gaelic Books Council and Scottish Book Trust are seeking two unpublished writers to participate in the Gaelic New Writers Awards 2020. The annual Gaelic New Writers Awards development scheme, a collaboration between the two organisations, is now open for applications. Through this programme, two new Gaelic writers will each be awarded grants of £2,000 and professional advice regarding their work. The Awardees will receive a tailored package which can include mentoring from experienced writers...

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