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DublinSwell: What an amazing line-up

Article by ERMurray © 16 March 2011.
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On Friday, 18th March at 7.30pm, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature will be continuing the St Patrick’s Day cheer with a celebration of Ireland’s literary talent in the Convention Centre Dublin.


Including some of Ireland’s most admired names from literature, music, film and theatre come together for one of the most spectacular literary events in Ireland, DublinSwell will see Seamus Heaney, Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Paul Durcan, Glen Hansard, Declan Hughes, Paula Meehan and Joseph O’Connor (to name but a few) take to the stage.

I remember Seamus Heaney’s reading at the Dublin Writers’ Festival just after his seventieth birthday; he was so humble and, of course, inspiring. That reading really stuck with me – so much so that I always imagine his face on a bright yellow background now!

I was lucky enough to meet Paula Meehan at a multicultural poetry anthology launch – ‘No Soy tu Musa’ a couple of years back – and she was both a wonderful poet and a very friendly, likeable lady (which is always good to know for when you see writers milling around after the event has finished).

Sebastian Barry’s “The Secret Scripture” is one of my reread favourites, and I’ve not yet had the pleasure of listening to him read. I’ve just finished rereading Roddy Doyle’s ‘the snapper’ – so I’d love to hear his wit in person.

Unfortunately, I’m volunteering for a parade here in West Cork so I won’t be able to attend, which is a real shame, considering the line-up! So please, make sure you let me know how it went if you manage to go along. It sounds like it’s going to be fabulous.

Tickets range from €18 to €25 including booking fee. You can book your ticket by clicking here.

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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