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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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Your Writing Residency Questions Answered!

Posted by ERMurray on 4 April 2018.

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...

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Writing retreats & residencies – what do you want to know?

Posted by ERMurray on 25 March 2018.

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...

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Need a boost? Be inspired!

Posted by ERMurray on 19 March 2018.

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...

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Boards.ie ‘Writer-in-Residence’

Posted by ERMurray on 23 February 2018.

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...

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The Book of Revenge is Published! And Advice on Polishing Your Manuscript

Posted by ERMurray on 6 February 2018.

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...

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From the Well Short Story Competition 2018

Posted by ERMurray on 5 February 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...

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Doolin Writers’ Weekend – Feb 2 to 4

Posted by ERMurray on 1 February 2018.

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     ...

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#MGIECHAT is back – join us?

Posted by ERMurray on 25 January 2018.

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...

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New Year – New WIP? Writing a First Draft

Posted by ERMurray on 1 January 2018.

Happy 2018 to you all! At the start of a new year, people often feel energised and raring to go, so I’m starting the year with a few blog posts that will hopefully help to kickstart your writing, wherever you are on your writing journey. On the first day of the year, I’m starting right at the the beginning… because we all have to start somewhere. A first draft is exciting, but it can also...

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Cover Reveal: The Book of Revenge by ER Murray

Posted by ERMurray on 31 October 2017.

So here it is, the cover for The Book of Revenge, out February 2018. It’s the final installment of the Nine Lives Trilogy and out of all my books so far, it was the hardest to write. But the good news is – the manuscript is completed and next time I see it (or anyone sees it for that matter), it’ll be an actual physical book. I’m absolutely thrilled with this design by Sarah O’Flaherty...

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