for writers and readers….

INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION with a metallic theme and an Italian venue…

Poetry on the Lake Patron: Carol Ann Duffy 13th International Poetry Competition. Closing 22nd April 2013. Theme: Metal (include a metallic word, anything from gold to Goldilocks). Categories: Open: Judge – Anne-Marie … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Prestigious International Creative Writing Competition

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013 is now open.  There are two categories for entry – Poetry and Short Fiction – maximum word lenght. Prizes £500 prize money – Poetry … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: a photograph to fire the imagination.

The blue man wakes up and says… 250 words containing a birth, a death and a small flower  

March 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) SEAN O’ CASEY

HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY “Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Happy St Patrick’s Day


March 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers

Safari = Swahili for long journey. I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a writer … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Literate Scientist Is Alive And Well And Winning Prizes In County Cork

Never let it be said that science and the creative arts don’t mix. A biochemist, a psychologist and a dentist are showing how it can be done.  This year’s Ballymaloe … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

DO YOU KNOW what connects infants and poets?

Infans comes from the Latin for unspeaking. The infant is the one who can’t speak and Seamus Heaney argues that all good poems are gathered in silence. Here he is … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

USING MUSIC AS A PLOT DEVICE – extract from a creative writing exercise in Back to Creative Writing School

James Joyce’s The Dead has been called by some critics the best short story ever written. Indeed when I was studying for a Masters in Creative Writing a tutor apologised … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW the Irish have a word for it…

DAY DAPPLE is an old Irish term for the time of day when a person can no longer be distinguished from a bush. Source QI 1227 Facts also used in … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 6 Comments

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) Mary Robinson

Symbols give us our identity, our self image, our way of explaining ourself to ourselves and to others. Symbols in turn determine the kind of stories we tell; and the … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 4 Comments