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A blog by ERMurray

Photos, people, experiences, dreams: in other words, ideas. They have to come from somewhere, but it’s not always easy. Let Wordspark inspire you. You never know where it might lead…

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

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

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Posted by ERMurray on 27 December 2018.

If you’re full of Christmas pudding and need some space to chill, here are some pictures that might inspire a story – see what you can come up with… #  

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Posted by ERMurray on 5 December 2018.

Whatever you want to write, the blank page can be daunting – take these pictures and write something…  

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Posted by ERMurray on 20 November 2018.

More ideas for you – whether it’s flash fiction, a short story of the start of a novel, see what inspiration you can find here:

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Posted by ERMurray on 12 November 2018.

This week we’ve got some more story starter ideas for you – see what you can make of these. If you’d like to share your story, add to the comments and we’ll publish what we can – but if you’d rather keep it to yourself, please do that!          

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Posted by ERMurray on 29 October 2018.

Stuck for an idea for a new story? Try and see what you make of these – you could write flash fiction, a short story or perhaps they might kick off an idea for a novel. It’s Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival 2nd-4th November this weekend (have you booked your tickets at www.murderone.ie?!), so for Wordspark 3 we’re giving you some images that might inspire something thrilling….      

Northern Irish Writers: Call for Roaming Writer-in-Residence Programme

Posted by ERMurray on 29 October 2018.

Applications Deadline: 15th November 2018 Funded by ACNI and in partnership with Irish Rail and Translink, we are excited to announce the return of our mobile all-island residency working with a Roaming Writer-in-Residence (RWIR). Travelling from north to south on our railway lines, the Roaming WIR will listen to voices and conversations of people on the trains, accumulating stories and building a treasure chest of potential workshops or essay ideas. The writer will connect and work...

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Are you a hopeless romantic … or just love-phobic?

Posted by ERMurray on 25 October 2018.

Fionnuala Kearney’s The Book of Love is getting some rave reviews and I was delighted to come across this online quiz to tie-in with the release of the  book. It’s just a bit of fun but anything that attracts more readers to this outstanding novel is okay in my book – or my Book of Love! Here’s just a selection of quotes recommending The Book of Love: ‘A beautiful, heart wrenching love story’ Sinead Moriarty...

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Story Starter Wordspark 2

Posted by ERMurray on 19 October 2018.

Writing.ie is all about giving you inspiration, guidance on technique and helping you find success, so here is another Wordspark…see what you can make of these….      

Story Starters!

Posted by ERMurray on 9 October 2018.

It’s that time of year when the kids are back to school and NaNoWriMo is almost here (the National Novel Writing Month event that takes place every November) and we know lots of people are starting new projects, or TRYING to start new projects. Facing the blank page can be the toughest part of writing so after a chat with Vanessa and Adrian, we’ve decided to add some story start ideas to this blog –...

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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Call Out for Participation

Posted by ERMurray on 8 October 2018.

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) returns in February 2019 to celebrate the Year Of The Pig,  bringing the festival full circle as the Pig is the 12th animal appearing in the Chinese zodiac wheel.  In preparation of the 12th edition, DCNYF seeks applications from organisations and individuals interested in hosting their own event as part of the 2019 Festival’s associated events programme. To be eligible to apply, associated events must celebrate the Chinese New...

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