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Sorry to see the Dublin Book Festival end…

Article by ERMurray © 8 March 2011.
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Dublin Book Festival came and went in a flash, packed to the rafters with brilliant writers, influential and knowledgeable speakers and eager audiences. I spent five days running from one event to another, immersing myself in a splendid mix of politics, business acumen, book launches, storytelling, true stories and inspiring debate.

Comprising of a heady mix of financial and business advice and pure literary indulgence, the programme proved to be one of the most varied and all-encompassing that I’ve seen at any festival. The atmosphere was fabulous, with sell-out events in all venues and a real buzz around the city and online – proving why the city deserves its UNESCO City of Literature status.

It was truly great to see support from lots of writers who are also involved in writing.ie. I caught up withVanessa O’LoughlinCatherine Ryan-HowardLaura Cassidy and Sarah Webb, to name but a few. And as lovely as it is to see familiar faces, it’s also encouraging to see lots of people you don’t know; it shows that whatever the economic situation, interest in writing and publishing is still thriving in Ireland.

I was particularly overwhelmed by the level of support from children. At all the Treats for Kids events, there were masses of children thoroughly enjoying themselves. And if the standard of children’s competition winners is anything to go by, Ireland has some excellent up-and-coming talent in the next generation.

You can read about the events I attended at Dublin Book Festival, including the panel discussion about chick lit with Vanessaover on the official 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