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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.

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards: Being Shortlisted by Catherine Ryan Howard
Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard in .

Two Novembers ago, I got to go to the Irish Book Awards ceremony with Writing.ie. It was an amazing night: glitz, glam and a ballroom filled with people who love...

The Fruits of Perseverance by Tanya Farrelly
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After thirteen years of hard work building up my writing CV, it seems that success comes in twos. Last year, I was absolutely thrilled when Alan Hayes, publisher at Arlen...

How to Hook A Kid On a Book! by Geraldine Meade
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I hate the term ‘Reluctant Readers!’ But through my work as a teacher and later as a mother of eight  I’ve come across kids, including my own, who did not...

Finding the Way: Elizabeth Reapy on Red Dirt
Posted by Elizabeth Reapy in , .

Red Dirt was submitted to publishers in 2014. I was just home from New Zealand, just turned 30, working part- time in Dublin. My weekly wage was barely covering the...

Dive Into Your Subconscious by Andrew McGinley
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“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” Sigmund Freud In this distraction-ridden age we live in, quality time spent with...

A Week of Words – Anam Cara
Posted by Breandan O'Broin in .

Breandan O’Broin won some writing time at the Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork by penning a back-cover blurb-from-hell for his half-way-there novel...

Writing Under a Cloud by Darren Darker
Posted by Darren Darker in , .

For most of us, writing isn’t easy but in my experience some parts of the process are easier than others. For example it’s relatively easy to begin writing a book....

Donna Kennedy on Having the Confidence to Succeed
Posted by Donna Kennedy in , .

At one point in my life I was so overcome by life challenge that I was afraid to walk across the street on my own. Fast-forward to now and I...

Tips for Writing in Public Places by Jane Casey
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Almost every writer I know dreams of having a perfect study at home, with a comfortable chair and books on all sides. Peace. Quiet. How the words will flow when...

All About Octocon 2015 by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

As a fantasy author, the highlight of my calendar is Octocon. Ireland’s National Science Fiction Convention, Octocon has been running since 1990, only taking a break in 2014 to operate...