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Scroll down to read our articles on who exactly is who in Irish publishing – from agents to editors, state agencies to organisations, this is section is essential reading for anyone new to the industry.

Imagination in the Classroom: Teaching & Learning Creative Writing
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in .

‘Great writing is the result of hard work, not, or not mainly, of the flash of inspiration’ says Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, opening Imagination in the Classroom: Teaching and Learning Creative...

Words’Worth Editing Tips by Jane Riddell
Posted by Jane Riddell in .

Over the years I might have learned loads about how to edit my work: the myriad things to check for, both overviewing and line-to-line ones,  however, each time I’ve edited...

The Masters at Work: The Best Teachers, The Best Teaching
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Ireland must have the highest standard of creative writing teachers in the world.  This week Irish PEN Award recipient Joseph O’Connor has been announced as the inaugural Frank McCourt Chair...

On Literary Events: Hearing Voices by Bert Wright
Posted by Bert Wright in .

When I returned from the US in 1999, my first job was Books Manager in Easons O’Connell St where, on Saturdays, a parade of celebrity authors rocked up for signings,...

Alan Early and The Typo Gremlin
Posted by Alan Early in .

There is a gremlin living inside your computer. Even now, as you read these words on the screen, he’s there. Waiting. He’s a squat little thing, with narrow squinted eyes...

How The RNA Saved Me by Gemma Jackson
Posted by Gemma Jackson in , .

How many self-help books have I bought? How many lectures and talks have I attended in the desperate hope of learning the secret to becoming a published author? I don’t...

Must Reads for the Aspiring Writer of Erotica by Evie Blake
Posted by Evie Blake in .

So you’ve been thinking of writing your own erotic novel? The first step is to read some more erotica to help develop your own knowledge and style. If you begin...

Three Week Anthology: Claire Hennessy
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

Three weeks in summer camp time is not like regular time. It’s a little bit like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia, where a civilisation might rise and fall and...

The Pleasures of Self Editing with Eileen Gormley (Part 2)
Posted by Eileen Gormley in , .

In just a year, Eileen Gormley and Caroline McCall, writing together as Evie Hunter, have achieved a remarkable feat: not only have they written three full-length novels, but when Penguin...

The Pleasures of Self Editing with Eileen Gormley (Part 1)
Posted by Eileen Gormley in , .

In just a year, Eileen Gormley and Caroline McCall, writing together as Evie Hunter, have achieved a remarkable feat: not only have they written three full-length novels, but when Penguin...