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Bloomsbury to bring “Dublin’s Trainspotting” to the masses

Originally posted on Irish Writing Blog:
Debut novelist Rob Doyle is the latest young Irish writer to have made the independent-to-major-publishing-house route to success, with Bloomsbury securing rights for his…

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Free for July only – a novel set during the miners’ strike

This year we remember the centenary of World War I war, but there are other wars this country has fought, many with itself, and 30 years ago the miners’ strike … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

poetry makes the private world public…Allen Ginsberg Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

I’m not a poet, but I’ve read enough bad poetry to recognise what poets shouldn’t do…

I’m not a poet. In fact, one of the exercises in my guide to creative writing* is called the I-don’t-want-to-right-a-poem poetry exercise. The fact that I’m not a poet makes … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Is there anything wrong with writing ‘for free’?

Originally posted on Sue Moorcroft writes:
£ I write for money. $ Writing, and all the stuff I do connected with writing (teaching, judging, speaking, appraising) is how I earn…

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

GHOSTS, ALIENS AND EMOTIONAL PLANT LIFE Guest Post: The Route to Publication with Sharon Zink

I’m delighted to hand over my blog today to Sharon Zink, author of WELCOME TO SHARONVILLE,  a novel set in ‘anywhere-ville’ USA. The inhabitants of SHARONVILLE are forced to re-examine … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sue Townsend on the sex appeal of books — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“I’ve always loved books. I’m passionate about them. I think books are sexy. They are smooth and solid and contain delightful surprises. They smell good. They fit into a handbag … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Have you got a book in you? Daydream no more – a chance to get published

Woman magazine and Accent Press Ltd are searching for a new star of contemporary women’s fiction. They are looking for novels by new, previously unpublished writers. The winner will recieve: … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

“Everything in life is writable about…” Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is … Continue reading

July 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

DID YOU KNOW in Brazil the word Poet is a compliment?

Originally posted on BRIDGET WHELAN writer:
Brazilians greet old and much loved friends with the endearment, hello my poet. That says a lot about the country and its people, don’t…

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Robert Graves on how he could afford to write poetry — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat. The poet Robert Graves author of I, Claudius and Goodbye To All that and other good … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Free International short story competition

The RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition is now open for entries. Winning stories will be published in the RTE Guide. (For those who don’t know, RTE is Ireland’s television … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

17 Ways to Mess Up Your Murder Mystery

Originally posted on Ramona DeFelice Long:
Being an editor is a non-stop education. With every manuscript I read, I learn as much as I correct, suggest, or guide. After years…

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Do you know…where George Orwell got the idea for Room 101?

In Nineteen Eighty Four room 101 is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love. This is  where the all-controlling Party breaks prisoners by exposing them to their own worse … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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