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Poula Poetry Call for Submissions

Article by ERMurray © 10 April 2019.
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Submissons deadline: 30th April 2019

Poula Poetry is a Blessington-based group of local poets who have been meeting since 2017 to share our love of poetry with each other and with the wider community. We presented some of our poems last year in events in Blessington Library and also on our well-received “Poetry Bus” Tour of West Wicklow which brought participants to various locations where we all enjoyed music and poetry in settings such as the Blessington Lakes, King’s River and Russborough House.

We are preparing for publication what we believe will be the first ever anthology of poems from West Wicklow.  We are putting out an open invitation for poems written by people living in, or poets elsewhere inspired by, the West Wicklow area.

We are interested in receiving poems on themes such as:

  • people in our community,
  • interesting places in the area,
  • experiences of life in West Wicklow.

Any poet whose work is included will receive a copy of the book as well an invitation to read their poem at the launch of the book.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 30 April 2019.

Submissions, with poet’s name, name of poems and contact details, should be sent to Poula Poetry Anthology at Blessington Library, Co Wicklow.

We look forward to receiving your poems.  If you have any questions, please email poulapoetry@gmail.com.


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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