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Dublin Book Festival – here I come!

Article by ERMurray © 1 March 2011.
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I’ve just about finished packing – tomorrow requires an early start if I’m to hit Dublin in time for the Dublin Book Festival, Living in West Cork and not driving, it’s an arduous journey – we’re talking two and a half hours by bus and then three hours by train. But it’s a great chance to sit back and admire the scenery before the hectic festival. Plus, it’ll be well worth it – after all, I’m their official festival blogger.

I’ll be going through the full programme on the train, eagerly deciding on which events I can cover (if you’re travelling by rail, I’ll be the one with the red pen scribbling wildly on my printed pdf). It’s a shame I can’t get to everything, but some of the events overlap and I’ll also have to take a breather to get some blog posts written. But, to use an over-used but apt phrase, I do feel a bit like a child in a sweet shop…

In my opinion, the programme is pretty exciting – there’s a lot to choose from for readers, writers and children. And the slick business/current affairs programme gives it a nice, and much appreciated, up-to-date edge. There’s something for everyone – and most events are free, so even if the current economical climate is affecting your wallet, you needn’t miss out.

If you’ve not yet familiarised yourself with what’s on offer, you can take a look at the Dublin Book Festival Programme here. I’ll be covering the whole festival over on the official Dublin Festival blog but I’ll also be bringing you updates on here.

And don’t forget, if you’re at one of the events and see me wandering pass, make sure you stop to say hi. I always appreciate a quick chat.

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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