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
Winter Writing Residency Award at Greywood Arts
I’m really excited about this one as I went to Greywood Arts for the first time earlier this year and I’m due to return for another week in December; the space is fantastic (I really loved having a separate writing study), the hosts are helpful and friendly, I got tonnes of work done, and there are fabulous woods to roam, as well as a great pub across the road for a bite to eat or...Read the full article >>
Writing Prompt: 3 Images
It’s been a while since we’ve done this, but a few people have requested we get some writing prompts back on here, so I thought, why not? To kickstart the prompts, I challenge you to write a short piece (100 to 200 words) in your medium of choice (prose or poetry) in response to the three images below. You need to include all three images in your piece. ...Read the full article >>
Your Writing Residency Questions Answered!
And so, the first week of my writing residency at La Muse Retreat is over, and it’s a great time for reflection. You can read more about my adventures and reflections at la Muse on my E.R. Murray blog but here, I’d like to address some of the questions that I’ve been asked via social media about being on a residency or retreat. Is it a paid residency? In this instance, no, but I have...Read the full article >>
Writing retreats & residencies – what do you want to know?
Anyone who knows me also knows that I find travel as important as words, and so I often combine the two to keep my writing fresh and my motivation at optimum level. This might mean heading off for a period of time alone, to somewhere new or inspiring, or, more regularly, attending a writing residency or retreat. I have been to many retreats and residencies in Ireland and abroad, including the UK, Australia, France, Spain...Read the full article >>
Need a boost? Be inspired!
This winter has been long and cold and it shows no sign of stopping, even though we’re a few months into spring. Any other year, I would my early garlic, potatoes and onions showing but we haven’t even got them in the ground yet and I’m missing the earthiness of growing vegetables. I’m usually always motivated but this winter and weather is definitely taking its toll and for the last few weeks it has been...Read the full article >>
One of my favourite things about launching a book is that interesting opportunities come your way and you never know what you’ll be doing next. As The Book Revenge – Nine Lives Trilogy 3 heads off into the big wide world, Boards.ie invited me to be their guest AMA – short for ‘Ask Me Anything’. It sounded interesting, and I did a bit of research, and now I find myself answering all kinds of questions...Read the full article >>
The Book of Revenge is Published! And Advice on Polishing Your Manuscript
It’s official – publication day for The Book of Revenge – Nine Lives Trilogy 3 is here! It’s one week earlier than I expected… let’s hope you all love Ebony Smart’s biggest adventure yet! So, does publication day feel any different when it’s your fourth book? The answer’s no! It’s just as exciting, nerve-wracking, strange, unbelievable, wild, odd and brilliant as every other time. But seeing people reading the book, pictures of it on shelves, in...Read the full article >>
From the Well Short Story Competition 2018
The Cork County Library and Arts Service is launching the From the Well Short Story competition 2018 The competition invites entries from writers aged 18 and over who are registered library members in any country. Twenty stories will be shortlisted by writer Billy O’Callaghan and will be announced end of April 2018 A winner from the shortlisted stories will be selected by a panel of judges including Billy O’Callaghan, Claire Kilroy and Eimear Ryan. The...Read the full article >>
Doolin Writers’ Weekend – Feb 2 to 4
It’s a great line-up for Doolin Writers’ Weekend once again this year, and it’s my first festival of the year and after the long winter, I’m ready for it! I’m looking forward to meeting friends old and new, attending some events and workshops, and roaming the cliffs writing poetry. Give me a shout on twitter @ERMurray if you’re around! Here’s the schedule… Friday 2pm Short Story Workshop with John MacKenna 2pm ...Read the full article >>
#MGIECHAT is back – join us?
If you love reading or writing middle grade books (books for a readership aged 8-12), and you’re also a twitter user, then our monthly twitter chat – #MGiechat has made a comeback… and with a makeover. This all started in 2015 when I realised that there were no Ireland-based chats on twitter about middle grade books, and decided that I should start one. It ran for two years but in 2017, I got overloaded (in a...Read the full article >>