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Article by ERMurray © 25 October 2012.
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Postcards are a great stimulus for writers. Just ask Michael Kimball! The image or destination on the front can inspire a setting or story –but the message on the back or the journey the postcard has made can be just as exciting. Who bought it? Why? What was their message? Did the postcard ever make it to the intended recipient? What happened to the postcard along the way? Who touched it? Did the postman read it?

Last year, I gathered a range of postcards to use as an alternative wedding guest book: I placed them on the table and let people choose their favourite to write their wedding blessing on. As you can imagine, I have a stack left over – so I thought, why not put them to good use?

Throughout the year, I’ll be posting postcard prompts for you to use to inspire a piece. This week, write a piece of flash fiction of less than 200 words, inspired by the postcard shown.

I’d love you to see what you came up with. So don’t be shy, post your work as a comment below. I’ll write my favourite response onto the postcard and post it on Wordspark as a thank you!


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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