Friday, 24 April 2015

Dedalus Book Launches

There are four books in this launch. I'm not sure myself if it's a good idea to launch so many together. Not many people will have the readies to buy more than a couple. And the room will be overflowing. But what do I know? Anyway, support this press if you can.

Book Launch: Dedalus Press launch four titles 

All welcome

  • Clasp by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
  • Muse by Gerry Murphy
  • Wrong Side of Town by Aidan Murphy
  • Them’s Your Mammy’s Pills by Leland Bardwell
Monday 27 April 6.30pm
There will be readings from Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Gerry Murphy and Aidan Murphy, on the night, and Leland Bardwell's son will make a brief appearance on her behalf.

More details here.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Mindshift: The Connected Writer - Getting the Gig, Putting it On (ILFD)

This sounds interesting as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin (formerly known as the Dublin Writers festival)

Are you looking to take part in more literary events and festivals? Or maybe you want to improve your skillset for readings, panel discussions and interviews. This professional development day as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin, supported by WORDS Ireland, is aimed at established writers. It will inform you on how to get the gig and how to connect with – and even wow – an audience.
Hear from Sarah Webb (writer and Children’s Curator of Mountains to Sea Book Festival), Martin Colthorpe (International Literature Festival, Dublin and formerly of the Southbank Centre) and Keith Acheson (Belfast Book Festival & Crescent Arts Centre) as they discuss knowing your USPs as a writer, connecting with relevant curators and organisers, and the etiquette of ‘getting out there’. Doireann Ni Bhriain will tackle how to prepare for the gig, your presence onstage, public speaking and the dos and don’ts of literary performances. Martina Devlin will also look at maintaining momentum both in the run-up to and the aftermath of the event.
Starts: Sat 23 May
Time: 10.30am – 4.15pm
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €60/€50 Members
At the Irish Writers Centre

Monday, 20 April 2015

Prizegiving of the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

All four shortlisted poets will be there for the evening of the presentation of this big poetry prize. The shortlist was announced last month.

The shortlisted poems are: ‘Disco Jesus and the Wavering Virgins in Berlin, 2011’ by Jude Nutter, ‘Eidolon’ by Lisa Bickmore, ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Elvis’ by Kathryn Simmonds and ‘Saratoga Passage, August 2014’ by Matt Hohner.
Details and judge's comments here

Irish Writers Centre 23rd April at 7pm.

The overall winner (€10,000) will be announced at a special event in Dublin on 23 April 2015 hosted by Darina Allen and the publishers of The Moth. The three remaining shortlisted poets will each receive €1,000. 

All welcome. Wine!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Runt - Open for Submissions

i haven't seen a copy of the Runt but check them out on Youtube. Refreshing. And you can't go wrong with this kind of of artwork I think.

Our 8th issue will focus on the dual themes of historical fiction & alternate history. We welcome submissions on either theme in any artistic or literary medium your creative brains can concoct.
Historical fiction constitutes any piece of work (be it poem, story, essay or whatever) focused on a historical setting. A heartbreaking romance written from the point of view of the horse Caligula made a senator? A rumination on the personal life of Genghis Kahn? An account of the life of some poor Joe Schmo 6 caught up in the crossfire of the 1916 Rising? It's entirely up to you!
Alternate history is a genre which is based on those tantalising 'what ifs.' A story set in a 21st century America still under British control? A poem about JFK's disgrace after he survived assassination but was exposed as an adulterer? A neat bit of photoshop showing Attila the Hun firing off a text on his Android? These are but a few options available to you!
Fiction Guidelines:
Maximum wordcount: 2,500
Art Guidelines:
Portrait dimensions
Deadline: May 8th
Send your submissions to

Thursday, 16 April 2015

WORDS Ireland Mentoring Scheme - Wicklow Writers

Produced by Children’s Books Ireland,Irish Writers Centre and Poetry Ireland, developed by WORDS Ireland in partnership with Wicklow County Council Arts Office

WORDS Ireland is offering five mentorship opportunities to Wicklow writers who are seeking to engage with a mentor over a period of six months from May 2015.

This scheme is open to writers in any fiction genre: young adult and children’s books, short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, novels or poetry. The mentorships will focus on Manuscript Development in the main, but may include other aspects in the professional development of the writer.

Who is eligible to apply?
To be eligible for the scheme the applicant must have been born in or be resident in County Wicklow for the last two consecutive years. The applicant will have with a track record in a professional capacity, such as having poems or short stories published in recognised journals or magazines (print or online), or a book of fiction, or a collection of poetry or short stories published by a recognised publisher. 
Mentee contribution:  While the costs of this scheme are being funded by Wicklow Arts Office and WORDS Ireland, the successful mentee are requested to contribute €100 to help offset costs and to demonstrate seriousness of intent.
See the Irish Writers Centre website for full details. 
deadline: Friday 24th April at 5pm

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Newbridge June Fest Literary Miscellany Competition

The competition is open to people living or working in Kildare, from Kildare or attending a writing group in Kildare.

Any genre will be acceptable.

Prose to be no more than 750 words and poetry no more than 40 lines.

Deadline: Tuesday 5th May 2015

5 euro fee per entry to cover costs.   Two entries €8. 

Limited to two entries per person.
Cheques payable to: Junefest Newbridge

Entries can be posted or dropped in to Newbridge Library.  Please clearly mark the envelope Junefest Literary Miscellany.

All entries must be type written. 
Include a separate sheet with your name and contact details and the name of your story/ poem and your connection to Kildare if you live elsewhere. The pieces will be judged anonymously so please do not put your name on the entry itself.  

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Spring Awakening at the Irish Writers Centre

Spring Awakening, taking place on Thursday 16 April, is the inaugural event for Culture Dublin 1 - an organisation dedicated to promoting awareness and engagement with cultural institutions in the Dublin 1 postcode. A day of free, open culture, where you can step inside some of Dublin's most venerated buildings and celebrate this often-overlooked area of the city centre. 

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to promote cultural activities in and around our Dublin 1 home and will be participating in three free events as part of Spring Awakenings:

Dublin City Bike Tours | 1pm

A free literary bicycle tour around Dublin. Book here.

Novel Writing Workshops | 4.30pm

Beginning your Novel with Rob DoyleBook here.

Finishing Your Novel with Mary O'DonnellBook here.

Launch of Novel Fair 2016 | 7pm

The launch will allow aspiring novelists to gain the inside track about how the Novel Fair works. Aspiring novelists should attend! More details here.