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Happy Halloween – an Irish festival

Halloween dates back at least two thousand years to the Celtic festival of Samhain marking the start of winter, a cold, dark and dangerous time.  It began at sunset on … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 8 Comments

You’ve got 24 hours to tweet a scary story

To enter this international writing competition run by the literary magazine The Penny Dreadful all you have to do is tweet a one line horror story with the hashtag #PDHorror. … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

What if Someone Secretly Made a Film of Your Life…? The question that launched a self-published novel the Daily Mirror called ‘one of this year’s must-reads’

Cinema Lumière ‘A magical, thought-provoking and uplifting tale … one of this year’s must-reads’ –Daily Mirror  ‘A stunning debut. Made me laugh out loud, cry … and ache with recognition’ … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

A short story is a fiendish device: Sci Fi writer Michael Swanwick — Quotes for Writers (and People who like Quotes)

A short story…can be held in the mind all in one piece. It’s less like a building than a fiendish device. Every bit of it must be cunningly made and … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Laureate for Irish Fiction just gets better and better…

Originally posted on Irish Writing Blog:
Anne Enright, one of 34 authors on the longlist for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction (Image: The Guardian) A longlist of 34 authors…

October 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Yes, Agents Google Writers

Originally posted on Carly Watters, Literary Agent:
This is the social media elephant in the room. You don’t query in a vacuum. If you write a query letter and an…

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

An inspirational workshop for apprentice performance poets

If you’ve always wanted to write and perform your own poetry there’s a chance to attend a masterclass next Saturday afternoon  October 25th 2014 with Dean Atta . Rhyme and … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

…The supreme expression of story is the novel…Richard Flanagan, winner of 2014 Booker. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I do not share the pessimism of the age about the novel. They are one of our greatest spiritual, aesthetic and intellectual inventions. As a species it is story that … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

When you compete with Shakespeare there’s only going to be one winner….Virginia Woolf Quotes for writers (and anyone who likes quotes)

I read Shakespeare directly I finished writing. When my mind is agape and redhot. Then it is astonishing. I never yet knew how amazing his stretch and speed and word-coining … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing about women – SALLY WAINWRIGHT Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Why wouldn’t you put them on screen? I find women more interesting. They’re more heroic. The banality of the day-to-day; the reality of it; coping with the problems on a … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Seven Deadly Sins of Short Story Writing and how to avoid them

This post grew out of an article I originally wrote for the Hysterectomy Association when I was writer in residence of their annual writing competition earlier this year. I recently … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 12 Comments

The benefits of list-making – Rhodri Marsden Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Aside from heavy drinking, the creation of lists is the most effective temporary form of anxiety relief that I know of, and, as a bonus, it’s substantially cheaper and results … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Do you know a poem by heart?

Does Wordsworth or Rosen or Gerald Manley Hopkins trip off your tongue? Are whole poems hard-wired into your memory so they are with you always – you don’t need a … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · 6 Comments