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A blog by ERMurray

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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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ECHOES 2019 to celebrate Community in Contemporary Writing

Posted by ERMurray on 19 September 2019.

ECHOES returns to Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre from the 4th – 6th October 2019. The theme of this year’s event is the concept of community in contemporary writing in Ireland and a fantastic line-up of guest speakers has been announced.  Now in its third year, ECHOES celebrates the life and work of Maeve Binchy and Irish writers and will host a series thought provoking talks, walks, debates, interviews and theatrical events. This year’s event...

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Author Showcase Opportunity at Serenity Press Retreat

Posted by ERMurray on 11 September 2019.

Serenity Press are offering authors the opportunity to showcase their work at a Writers’ Retreat to be held on 8th October 2019 at Crom Castle. Positioning your book for success by embracing amazing opportunities in an influential environment is a key to success. This is why the Serenity Press Retreats founder Karen Mc Dermott was passionate about hosting a Meet n Greet author event at Crom Castle, Northern Ireland during their annual writer’s retreat. The...

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Irish Book Week Announces Ambassadors for 2019

Posted by ERMurray on 9 September 2019.

Irish Book Week have announced their 2019 ambassadors: broadcaster and founder of Ireland’s biggest book club Rick O’Shea, and authors Niall Breslin, Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght.  Established last year, Irish Book Week is a collaboration between Bookselling Ireland and Publishing Ireland, which invites people to celebrate Irish books and bookshops between October 26th – November 2nd. Rick O’Shea: “I love spending my time these days promoting books and Irish authors just for fun; it’s...

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Poet Colette Bryce announced as new editor of Poetry Ireland Review

Posted by ERMurray on 6 September 2019.

The new editor of the highly-regarded journal of poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, has been announced. Colette Bryce will take on the mantle of editor from the current editor, Eavan Boland, in early 2020. Both poets were in attendance for the announcement which took place yesterday evening (3 September) at the launch of Poetry Ireland Review Issue 128 at Poetry Ireland in Parnell Square, Dublin. Colette Bryce is a poet from Derry and has published four...

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The Write Time for Inspiration: Fingal Libraries Write Time Festival

Posted by ERMurray on 31 August 2019.

The fourth annual Write Time Festival organised by Fingal Libraries celebrates the written and spoken word in Fingal. Libraries will host free workshops and talks throughout the month of September to spark the imagination and inspire creativity. Fingal County Librarian Betty Boardman said, “Fingal Libraries’ Write Time Festival offers an engaging and varied programme to aspiring writers of all ages and to anybody interested in the craft of writing. This is the fourth year of...

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Submissions Call for First Page Literature

Posted by ERMurray on 28 August 2019.

Submissions deadline: 2nd September 2019 ‘first page’ is a Berlin-based, non-profit, free-to-take, quarterly, English-language literary magazine that publishes only the opening paragraphs of fiction works. It acts as a teaser and takes on the form of traditional newspaper with each issue showcasing five writers and their promising first pages. The magazine was established simply to highlight and honor the writers’ dedication to sculpting a refined first page at the same time question the literary value...

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Scottish Book Trust Launches Anti-Poverty Campaign

Posted by ERMurray on 27 August 2019.

As Scottish Book Trust marks its 21st anniversary, the independent national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, has launched a new fundraising campaign to provide crucial support to vulnerable families and help fight the effects of living in poverty through reading and books. From improving employability, social skills and family bonding to reducing stress and anxiety, developing language skills and doing better at school, the benefits of reading, even for a short time each...

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The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize

Posted by ERMurray on 23 August 2019.

Competition deadline: 1st October 2019 The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is calling for previously unpublished short stories of up to 2500 words related to the theme, ‘All Lit Up’. The top prize is $1000 AUD and publication in Mascara Literary Review. A highly commended entry will receive $250 AUD and publication in Mascara Literary Review. The judges are Australian authors Effie Carr and Helena Fox. Submissions close October 1, 2019. Entry fee is $15...

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Red Line Book Festival Poetry and Short Story Competitions

Posted by ERMurray on 14 August 2019.

Competition deadlines: 19th and 23rd August 2019 Red Line Book Festival is calling on creative writers to submit their work for its 2019 poetry and short story competitions. Now in its seventh year, the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition attracts hundreds of entries from all across the island of Ireland annually. The 2018 winner was Linda McKenna for her poem Unsettled. The winning poet will win a cash prize of €300, as well as an invitation to read their...

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Bookselling Ireland announce Introduction to Bookselling Course

Posted by ERMurray on 12 August 2019.

Bookselling Ireland have announced the first Introduction to Bookselling course, where potential new booksellers can find out more about day-to-day bookshop life, as well as the practicalities of how to create a strong business, understanding bookshop finances, and how to gain customer loyalty. Led by a group of award winning booksellers, Patrick Neale from UK based Jaffé & Neale Bookshop and Café, along with guest speakers Janet Hawkins from The Blessington Bookstore and Dawn Behan...

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