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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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The Sunday Times unveils ‘On the Shelf’ video series

Posted by ERMurray on 3 October 2019.

The Sunday Times has unveiled a new online video series featuring six of Ireland’s best-known authors – and reveals what books have inspired, amused, entertained or influenced our greatest writers! Entitled ‘On the Shelf’, each video features Eithne Shortall – Chief Arts Correspondent with The Sunday Times and a novelist in her own right – visiting authors in their homes and writing rooms to check out what books line their bookshelves. Over a cup of...

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Submissions open for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020

Posted by ERMurray on 27 September 2019.

Submissions deadline: 4th October 2019 The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards exist to celebrate this most exciting of genres and seek to celebrate the best travel writing, and travel writers, in the world. The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020 are now open to submissions from publishers, the winners of which will be announced at a reception event at the end of February 2020. Publishers across the UK and Ireland are invited to submit titles...

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Greywood Arts Winter Writing Residency Award 2020

Posted by Writing IE Admin on 26 September 2019.

Competition Deadline October 6th, 2019 Greywood Arts is delighted to announce the third annual Winter Writing Residency Award, a competition to win a one-week residency in January or February 2020. Greywood Arts is a multidisciplinary artists’ residency space in a Georgian home in Killeagh, Co. Cork, Ireland. Recently renovated for modern comfort, the 1767 building has a rich history. Initially built by a tenant of the English aristocracy, the house later became an RIC Barrack, a sawmill, and...

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World Book Day authors announced for 2020

Posted by ERMurray on 24 September 2019.

World Book Day, the charity behind the world’s biggest annual celebration of books and reading, has today revealed an all-encompassing range of titles for 2020 as it announced ambitious plans for next year’s campaign. Speaking at the Bookseller Children’s Conference, World Book Day Director Kirsten Grant pledged that the charity would continue its mission to get more books into the hands of more children and young people in the country than ever before and to...

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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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