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Dublin Book Festival opens…

Article by ERMurray © 3 March 2011.
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It’s good to be back in Dublin; I welcome the colour, the bustle, the sounds. From the crocuses in St Stephen’s Green to the coffee stands along the Liffey, there’s the hint of a writer around every corner. Thankfully, this reaction to the city put me into the best possible state of mind as I started blogging for the Dublin Book Festival…

Dublin Book Festival opened with a discussion between Dermot Bolger, Anthony Cronin and Eileen Battersby about Dublin’s place in literature. With a long term friendship and business relationship behind them, Cronin and Bolger were the perfect team to discuss this important and arresting theme.

Both extremely influential writers, Bolger and Cronin brought to life what it means to be a writer in Dublin and how literature has helped to shape the city. From the 1940’s to present day, they led us through the streets of Dublin, discussing important literary works, writer’s relationships with the city and each other, changing attitudes inside and outside of literary circles and the influence of social and economic change.

It was an inspiring discussion which left me thinking about the future – of how writers will continue to impact and evolve the city. I believe the future is bright – despite the economic decline. Hopefully tonight’s event, “Current Affairs: Stepping into a Brighter Future” will reflect this belief.

You can read more about this and other festival events over on the official Dublin Book Festival blog.

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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