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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.

Learning from A Master: Niall William’s Workshop by Alana Kirk
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Some books grab us with plot, while others seduce us with connection, littered with words that seep through our skin and into our minds where they nestle for a while....

A Trumpless Net: The Ian Flitcoft Solution
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Writer Ian Flitcoft is just as appalled by events across the Atlantic as we are here at Writing.ie, and he’s put his skills to good use, as he explained, “My,...

Creativity Collateral: Tyrone Guthrie by Alana Kirk
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Can creativity be taught?  I don’t know.  But can it seep under your skin and and filter into your mind by sheer osmosis?  I think so. Certainly at Tyrone Guthrie...

How to Start a Book Club by Mary Burnham
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Mary Burnham is Dubray Books‘ Book Club Co-ordinator – when we first started Writing.ie, she penned us this excellent article that we felt needed another outing. Based in Dún Laoghaire, Mary...

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