Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chicken House Children's Fictions Competition

This looks like an interesting competition, but first a little about Chicken House from their website.

'Chicken House Publishing Ltd was founded in 2000 by Barry Cunningham, Publisher and Managing Director, with Deputy Managing Director, Rachel Hickman.

Over the last decade, Chicken House has demonstrated that a small, creative publishing team based in Somerset can make an impact on an international scale. Chicken House has sold more than six million copies of Cornelia Funke’s books, including five New York Times children’s bestsellers.

The TUNNELS series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams has been an international hit in over 40 countries, while other writers who have achieved worldwide acclaim include Kevin Brooks, Lucy Christopher and Rachel Ward.
n 2007, in association with The Times newspaper, the company proudly launched The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition for undiscovered talent. This has since grown into a well-established annual event, recognised for having produced a clutch of successful new authors.'

Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition


All entries will be read and the shortlist will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts. The competition is open to all unpublished, unagented writers and one lucky winner will see their manuscript published by Chicken House with the backing of a leading literary agent.

We are looking for original ideas, a fresh voice and a story that children will love. If you have written a novel for children aged 7–18, have a read of the full terms and conditions to see if you are eligible for entry and for details on how to submit your manuscript.
Closing date for entries is last mail delivery Oct 26, 2012.


Deadline Approaching for the Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair

The Irish Writers' Centre has begun counting down the days to the deadline of its esteemed Novel Fair. The deadline for the competition this year is on October 17th and the Novel Fair itself will take place on February 16th, 2013.
With just a few weeks left to enter, the terrific news of book acquisitions from last year's winners is flooding in. Finalists from 2011, Niamh Boyce, Janet Cameron and Kevin Curran are three of our success stories.
Earlier in the year, Niamh Boyce sold her novel The Herbalist to Penguin Ireland and more recently Janet Cameron's book, Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World, was snatched up by Hachette. As well as this, Liberties Press have laid claim to Kevin Curran's novel, Beatsploitation. With nine of the authors signed up with literary agents and many in talks with publishers, we eagerly anticipate more book deals before the end of the year.
The Novel Fair was introduced last year with the aim of introducing, in person, up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents who, in turn, have the chance to liaise with an eclectic bunch of talented, new authors. It gives promising, first-time novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas, bring characters to life and place their synopsis directly into the hands of the people they want to see it most.
Some changes have been made to last year's set up, which include reducing the number of finalists to ten so that the novelists will benefit from more quality time with the publishers. To fully prepare them for the day the finalists also win a place on the seminar 'How To Pitch Your Novel.'
This year, a brand new judging panel will be asked to select a shortlist of ten successful entries, presented to them anonymously. There is no limitation on style, genre, or target market and with a new set of eyes umpiring, writers who've submitted before shouldn't hesitate in submitting again. The only requirement is that the authors mustn't have published a novel before.
Publishers who have already confirmed attendance at this year's Fair include Liberties Press, Penguin Ireland, Picador, New Island, Transworld Ireland, The Feldstein Agency, The Book Bureau, Marianne Gunn O'Connor Literary Agency, Jonathan Williams Literary Agency, The Lisa Richards Agency, and Lilliput Press. Each writer in attendance will have a stand at the Fair with copies of the synopsis, the finished novel itself and biographical material.
To enter send two copies of the opening chapters of your novel (max 10,000 words) along with three copies of a synopsis and a completed entry form, which can be downloaded from the IWC's website or collected from the Centre. The Novel Fair Competition costs €40 to enter (€35 for members of the Irish Writers' Centre).
To find out more about the Novel Fair Competition, check out www.writerscentre.ie/novelfair, or email novelfair@writerscentre.ie. If you already know everything you need to know and would like to enter, click here.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Well it was always going to be a darn hard decision to make , and the independent, carefully selected panel of judges that I dragged in to help me, found it pretty difficult :-)

How can you choose a winner, when everyone who took part in the RED RIBBONS picture competition was indeed a winner, entering into the fun element of it all, giving me, and I hope a lot of other people, including some four-legged creatures, great enjoyment with their very special RED RIBBONS photos!

So, before I announce the winner, and by way of saying THANK YOU to you all, I've done a small video of these very special photos which I hope you will enjoy, and please, please feel free to share your Beautiful Pictures!!! 


But as the moment is now here, I'm delighted to announce that the winner in the Adult Category of the RED RIBBONS Picture Competition, who will receive a signed copy of 'Red Ribbons', 2 Tickets for The Loose End Theatre, for Three Voices/Three Forms for Wednesday 14th November, and a signed copy of 'The Doll's House' when it's released in 2013, is Abby Wynne for this, you must agree, Out Of This World picture!!
Winning Picture - created by Abby Wynne
But, because I've been blown away by the wonderful images, I'm also pleased to announce that the winner in the Teenage Category of the RED RIBBONS Picture Competition, is Darragh Kempson, a budding author, who will receive pocket notes books to help him with his writing craft.
And, because all children are winners, the following two prizes will go to the wonderful and crafty A'isha, aged 8, and the powerful, Riley, aged 4, who both sent in mega pics!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Questions about the editorial process & so much more!!!

Well the RED RIBBONS blogtour bus may be stopping very soon, but with only 2 wheels left on this particular bus, we're still going strong as we visit a really great writer, and a wonderful friend, Irish writer, Brian Kirk. 

You can read a little about Brian below, but check out his blog when you visit HERE for his ever so interesting questions on the editorial process and a lot more besides!!!

I know there is more than one bus, but it has Red Ribbons!!!

BRIAN KIRK, is a poet and prose writer from Clondalkin, Dublin. He has been shortlisted for various awards in recent years including Hennessy Awards in 2008 and 2011. He was twice shortlisted for RTE’s PJ O’Connor Award for radio drama. His stories and poems have appeared in the Sunday Tribune, Southword, Abridged, The Stony Thursday Book, Crannog, Revival, Boyne Berries, Wordlegs, Cancan, Bare Hands Poetry, The First Cut and various anthologies. You can visit Brian athttp://briankirkwriter.com/

Brian Kirk

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

'The Judas Kiss' by David Butler

First things first - what a great title for a novel - 3 little words and I'm already hooked!

Secondly, this novel comes with a health warning from the opening page- "... be warned, this is no pretty story. It leads to murder. And I don't mean the Rev Green in the study with the lead piping. No. This murder is messy - a stone inside a stocking sticky with blood."  The intrigue continues!!

And thirdly, this darkly humorous tale of murder and redemption is told by David Butler, a writer I met at the IWC in the summer of 2011, who has worked as an Education Officer at the James Joyce Centre, as well as lecturing in Spanish Literature at TCD, Essex University, Carlow College and UCD, and about another million things!!!

'The Judas Kiss' published by New Island, is David's second novel, and I'm delighted to be launching it in Hodges Figgis next Tuesday, October 2nd at 6.30.

You can find out more about The Judas Kiss and read David's piece on the link between Crime and Desire over at www.writing.ie  HERE

Monday, September 24, 2012

50 Shades of Graig!!!!

Well, I had an amazing time at the Town of Books Festival in Graiguenamanagh this weekend. A beautiful place, lovely people, and what a smashing idea for a festival, to turn a whole town into a town of books for this very special weekend.


I did a reading from RED RIBBONS at the library on Friday evening, which included members of the local book club. They were a great bunch, and honestly I would have stayed there all night chatting about Red Ribbons and its cast of characters. Last year, our president, Michael D Higgins did a reading there, so some mighty footsteps to follow!!

Susan & Alicia
It was also the first time I'd done a reading where I used excerpts from all three main narrative voices on the same occasion - the killer, the criminal psychologist, Kate Pearson, and the accused woman, Ellie Brady.

But it worked really well, and sure the feast afterwards was pretty great too. And an extra special thanks to Susan Fitzgerald, and Alicia Dunphy, who facilitated this wonderful evening.

One of the many hidden gems of books!

We stayed at the Waterside Guesthouse, run by Brian & Bridget Roberts, and I couldn't recommend it more. This beautiful building overlooking the waterside, had the most wonderful accommodation, fabulous food, and a friendliness that was indicative of the complete sense of welcome, Graiguenamanagh offers.

Waterside Guesthouse

Signed copies of RED RIBBONS are available in the Storehouse Bookshop in Kilkenny.

And finally, a pic of my new cuddly friend from the Cushendale Woolen Mills, and the fab cupcakes which formed part of our library feast!!!

If you are interested in ordering a copy of RED RIBBONS online, you can do so HERE

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's a Dog's Life!

Why are Dogs so fond of RED RIBBONS????? You gotta admit they do look good!!
Last Day for your RED RIBBONS Pictures via Twitter @LouiseMPhillips, or email phillips.louisem0@gmail.com or over at facebook link in the side panel!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Converted to RED RIBBONS Crime!!!

Growing up in Belfast during the 1970's at the height of the Troubles, the bad men were everywhere for writer, Caren Kennedy, who is driving the RED RIBBONS blogtour bus today. Her next door neighbour, a Diplock Court Judge, was a so called 'legitimate target' for the bad men. He died taking three bullets in the head, two in the stomach.
So with bad people everywhere, and with enough of them in the real world, why would she want to enter a world, or a place without shadows where evil resides?

Well find out exactly why HERE but first a little about Caren below

CAREN KENNEDY, is the creator of a television series currently in development with Warner Bros TV, co-author of Fake Alibis (BenBella Books, 2009), careers columnist with Life Times, guest blogger with www.writing.ie, and a screenwriting consultant with The Inkwell Group. Her articles and essays have appeared in local, national and international publications and beyond. She is currently represented in the US by Vamnation Entertainment and Triada US Literary Agency.

Blogs: http://carenkennedywrites.blogspot.ie 


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

RED RIBBONS - Listening to the Radio and A cracker of a Novel!!


RED RIBBONS, was reviewed on the RTE Radio 1 Arts programme Arena, a couple of nights ago. And just in case any of you are wondering why I didn't tell you about it at the time, or give you fair warning, it was because I didn't know about it myself until less than an hour beforehand. (But it was still sufficient time for me to bite the nails down as far as they would go!!)

For company, listening to the radio, I had my hubby, daughter and granddaughter. My granddaughter being only 4 months wasn't particularly interested in the programme, so she fell fast asleep before Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena, commenced his interview with crime writer, Arlene Hunt.

I will attach the interview below, which I hope some of you will enjoy, but suffice to say, I was a nervous wreck. I knew not to look at hubby, because his face usually gives very little away. Therefore, all the time I was listening, I watched my daughter's face. Her face was going to be the most informative. So it was with great relief that I saw her smile, nod her head, look over at me in the way parents should look at their children, and not the other way around. You know that, it's going to be okay, you're doing well, this is all good, kind of thing.

Anyhow, RED RIBBONS got a great review - to capture some of the snippets here, Arleen Hunt said, it was - 'A cracker of a novel - highly recommended - a phenomenal debut.' Any one of those nuggets would have made my night, with my fingernails half gone, my granddaughter fast asleep, a kiss from hubby, a smile from my daughter, and the phone ringing in the background, knowing already it was daughter number 2 phoning to say well done. Sort of pretty amazing, don't you think?

So here's the Podcast for you!!


If you fancy reading RED RIBBONS -
You can order via Amazon HERE
for online Irish orders, you can order it  HERE

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


After a brief interlude, the RED RIBBONS blog tour travels to San Francisco for an interview with Award winning Irish writer Ethel Rohan for PANK Literary Magazine blog.
You can read more about Ethel below, but for now, let's go over to San Francisco - sounds good doesn't it! So simply click HERE

ETHEL ROHAN, is the author of Hard to Say and Cut Through the Bone, the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. Her work has or will appear in World Literature Today, Tin House Online, The Irish Times, The Rumpus, Post Road Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review, among many others.

She earned her MFA in fiction from Mills College, California. Raised in Ireland, Ethel Rohan now lives in San Francisco where she is a member of the Writers Grotto.

Visit Ethel at www.ethelrohan.com  http://ethelrohan.tumblr.com
And on Twitter @ethelrohan

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Okay, perhaps I'm childish, (although being childish isn't always a bad thing) but either way, as the two Irish newspapers I picked up yesterday, the Irish Examiner, which had a piece on RED RIBBONS by Sue Leonard, only printed the Top 5 Bestsellers, and the Irish Independent, didn't list them at all - here is the TOP 10 Bestsellers in Ireland for original fiction this week.

(Also, word of mouth is still the best way any novel, especially one by an unknown writer, can be promoted, so if you've read RED RIBBONS, and feel like recommending it to others, I would be really grateful.)

1. Wanted Man - Lee Child
2. Wrath of Angels - John Connolly

3. This Child of Mine - Sinead Moriarty

4. Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan

5. Ancient Light - John Banville

6. Very Accidental Love Story - Claudia Carroll
7. Red Ribbons - Louise Phillips
8. Bones are Forever - Kathy Reichs

9. Last to Die - Tess Gerritsen

10.Criminal - Karin Slaughter

Incidentally, Sue Leonard gave RED RIBBONS the thumbs up - 'Dark, spooky, but believable.'  The Irish Examiner.
You can order RED RIBBONS (paperback or on kindle) using this Amazon link HERE or by clicking on the image of RED RIBBONS in the side panel, if ordering from Ireland.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


What an amazing week, with such a fantastic launch, and then the news yesterday that RED RIBBONS has hit the bestseller list in it's first week.

Coming in at Number 7 - in the fantastic company of and in no particular order:-

John Connolly,
Ian McEwan
Lee Child
Sinead Moriarty
John Banville
Tess Gerritsen
Kathy Reichs
Claudia Carroll
Karin Slaughter

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind day too - visiting bookstores around Dublin, where you can  now get Signed copies of RED RIBBONS. It was a fantastic day, and I met some really great people in each of the stores.

Easons Dundrum with the lovely Colin & Kayleigh

You can get signed copies of books now at the following locations: -

Easons O'Connell Street
WHS Arnotts
Hughes & Hughes Stephen's Green SC
Easons Dundrum
Easons Tallaght
Reads of Nassau Street
Dubray Books Grafton Street
Hughes & Hughes Dundrum
Easons Liffey Valley
Hodges Figgis (only a couple left)
WHS Travel Dublin Airport T2
Hughes & Hughes Swords
Easons Swords
Hughes & Hughes Swords
Easons Blanchardstown
Easons Dublin Airport T1

Or for regular stocks you can order HERE or HERE

And okay, I know I'm sounding like a long playing record, but for RED RIBBONS to stay in the Bestseller Listing, you need to spread the word!!!

So if you've read RED RIBBONS, and you've enjoyed it, well pleaseeeeeeeeee.... tell people about it!!!

The Blog tour will recommence shortly, and I will also announce the Winners in the 'Interesting pictures RED RIBBONS Campaign'.

I've only a couple of funny/interesting pics in the Bookstore Category, so if you do pick up a copy of RED RIBBONS over the weekend, or already have one, send in your picture to Twitter @LouiseMPhillips, email phillips.louisem0@gmail.com or on facebook, or leave a comment here!



Tuesday, September 11, 2012


It's official - RED RIBBONS has reached Number 7 in the TOP TEN original fiction after the first week of sales!!!
How coolabula is that?????
So in celebration, seeing as how we deal in fiction here - I give you an imaginary glass of champagne for everyone who helped make this possible:-)
And one big special THANK YOU!!!!

How to make a Chilling Book Trailer!!!

Today the RED RIBBONS blogtour bus is visiting the wonderful Catherine Ryan Howard (see below), where I talk about creating a very creepy book trailer - Check it all out HERE

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD, is a writer and blogger from Cork, Ireland. Following the success of her self-published travel memoir, Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida, Catherine went onto self-publish Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America and Self-Printed: The Sane Person's Guide to Self-Publishing. She shares her pragmatic, caffeine-infused self-publishing advice at www.catherineryanhoward.com, and currently divides her time between her desk and the sofa.

Visit Catherine at www.catherineryanhoward.com                   And on Twitter @cathryanhoward

Monday, September 10, 2012


Today the RED RIBBONS Blog Tour Bus has climbed into the jaws of one GREAT PUZZLE, as it visits the blog of Laurence O'Bryan, writer of the successful Istanbul Puzzle - you can read all about Laurence below.
This is a really important point in the Blog Tour!!! After a most amazing book launch last Wednesday TODAY is the last day that Irish Sales in bookstores, or online with Irish bookstores will count to help RED RIBBONS get into the TOP TEN. There are no guarantees, so if you've been thinking about buying it, well today may be the Perfect Day, as every single book sold, counts!!
But you can find out all about that and other mighty stuff in the jaws of the GREAT PUZZLE HERE

Some more fab pictures in for the NOVEL prize to brighten your day ....... Keep sending them in via twitter @LouiseMPhillips email to phillips.louisem0@gmail.com or on facebook.

LAURENCE O'BRYAN, studied English and history, then business, and IT at Oxford University. He spent ten years working in the City of London, the creaking hub of world finance. He was first published by a school newspaper when he was ten, for a short story about aliens getting lost. The Istanbul Puzzle is his first novel published. It is part of a three book contract with Harper Collins. It will be translated into 9 languages and be published in about 15 countries, and in 2007, he won the Outstanding Novel Submitted award at the Southern California writer's conference.

He is a member of the UK Crime Writer's Association, the Society of Authors, the Irish Writing Centre, two "live" writing groups in Dublin and online writing communities in England and the States. His research has taken me all over the world, from San Francisco to deep in the Arab world. And he still enjoy looking at the stars and listening to the stories of strangers.

Visit Laurence at http://lpobryan.com/ And on Twitter at @LPOBryan

Sunday, September 9, 2012

How long does it take to write a novel?? Blogtour bus still has plenty in the tank!

Today the blogtour bus arrives with the lovely Niamh Boyce. Niamh won the overall Hennessy Award this year. Her debut novel 'The Herbalist' will be out with Penguin in 2013, and besides both of these very important facts, Niamh is also an amazing friend!!

But before I hand you over to Niamh, two other interesting facts - firstly, after the most successful launch in the 26 year history of Hughes & Hughes books, there is a very good chance that RED RIBBONS, might get into the top ten in the Irish Book Charts - which would be amazing for a debut novel!  So if you're near a bookshop today or tomorrow, and you pick up a copy of RED RIBBONS, every book will help make this a reality:)
Secondly, just for fun, I'm asking people to send me in interesting pictures with Red Ribbons in it. I'll put a couple below, so you get the general idea!!! You can send them via twitter, facebook or email to phillips.louisem0@gmail.com The winner will get a very NOVEL prize!!!
So now, I'll hand you over to Niamh, who has some very interesting questions up her sleeve.... read all about it HERE

NIAMH BOYCE, was awarded the Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year 2012 for her poem Kitty. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short Story competition 2011, the Hennessy Literary Awards 2010 and the Molly Keane Award 2010.

Her novel ‘The Herbalist’ will be published by Penguin in 2013. She blogs at http://niamhboyce.blogspot.com.

Visit Niamh at http://niamhboyce.blogspot.com And on twitter @niamhboyce

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The RED RIBBONS blog tour bus keeps on rolling!

On the day that HUGHES & HUGHES booksellers announce that the launch of RED RIBBONS was the most successful launch in their 26 YEAR history, the amazing musician and writer DEREK FLYNN drives the RED RIBBONS blog tour bus, and you can find out all about it HERE

DEREK FLYNN, is an Irish writer and musician, with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and was First Runner-Up in the 2011 J. G. Farrell Award for Best Novel-In-Progress. He released his debut album, “Do You Dream At All?” earlier this year.

His writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – can be found here: http://derekflynn.wordpress.com and on Twitter, he can be found here: http://twitter.com/#!/derekf03

Friday, September 7, 2012

Killer Pics Behind the Scenes of a Killer Launch Day!!!

Picture by Peadar O'Donoghue - Deadly Duck Photography
What a DAY - What a NIGHT!!!!!
Catch it all HERE

While there, check out Triona's (Aka - Domestic Oub) blog - plenty to add delight to your visit!!!
TRIONA WALSH, is a writer of short stories and poetry (and a couple of novels that live in her desk drawer.) Her writing has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies - Poetry Bus 1 & 3, Petals on a Bough anthology, Caught in Amber anthology, Kay's Book anthology, Flavours of Home, Petals on a Bough, South of the County - New Myths and Tales.

And she has been lucky enough to have had some success in competition, in particular - Winner in the NWA Awards 2008, Winner of the Jonathan Swift Award 2008, Short listed Jonathan Swift 2009 Shortlisted Kay McDonnell Short Story competition 2009, Shortlisted Malahide Library Centenary Short Story competition 2010. Her ambition is to write the next great Irish novel, but she'll settle for just getting out of the slush pile.

Visit Triona at http://trionawalsh.blogspot.ie/ And on Twitter @DomesticOub


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Straight to Business

It's time to go all Various over at Various Cushions, the brilliant site of the fab writer Niamh Bagnell!!!
On Launch Day of the RED RIBBONS blog tour, this very talented lady hits yours truly with some cool questions about special moments in the journey of writing RED RIBBONS  -
BTWAnyone living in Dublin I'll see you this evening for a great night (5th Sept) from 6.30 at Hughes & Hughes, St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre with lots and lots of RED RIBBONS and vino!!!
But before that, check out HERE
NIAMH BAGNELL, ran a 4-page newspaper for a few months in 1985: it cost 20p per issue and was a big hit with the neighbours. Her long-awaited return to writing came in mid-2007, when she joined Lucan Writers Group (meeting, among other talented people, the lovely Louise Phillips). Published in several poetry magazines, and the Stinging Fly.

She hosted a writing based radio show on Liffey Sound for 1.5 years before giving it all up to move away to hide in the wilderness... Her blog is variouscushions.blogspot.com which she updates when baby, work, and other circumstances allow...
Visit Niamh at http://variouscushions.blogspot.ie And on Twitter @variouscushions

Word Association - RED RIBBONS & The Subconcsious Mind!

Right, it's time to reveal some SECRETS - or at least words drawn from my subconcsious mind!

In this very interesting Word Play Game with Valerie Sirr on Day 7 of the RED RIBBONS Blog Tour, even I got some surprises:)

I tried to write the words down as quickly as I could, before my concsious mind got in the way. Some interesting answers, and it's also a really clever and fun way to get instinctive reactions.

So go have a visit HERE, and test the Word Association game out for yourself on any subject.
 You too might get some surprises!!!

While visiting Val's site - have a good look around. This is one very talented lady, and there is plenty to read if you're interested in the writing world!!!
So you've been told - Go get reading!
VALERIE SIRR, has had short fiction and flash fiction widely published (Ireland, UK, US, Australia and Asia). Some poems are forthcoming in anthologies from Revival Press, Ireland. Awards include 2007 Hennessy New Irish Writer Award, two Arts Council of Ireland bursaries and other national and international literature prizes, most recently a flash fiction award (2011) from The New Writer Magazine (UK), judged by Catherine Smith, British poet and writer. Valerie’s flash fiction appears on the National Flash Fiction Day 2012(UK) website.

She holds an M. Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College,Dublin. She teaches creative writing, and she hopes to find a publisher for her flash and story collections soon and is working on a novel.

A Killer Website with Alison Wells!!

Due to technical difficulties yesterday and today, I couldn't get this blog post up before NOW!!!

It's yet another great day in the RED RIBBONS blog tour and the amazing Alison Wells dug deep to find out tons of stuff about the creation of the new website www.louise-phillip.com

With lots of great pics and screen shots, I hand you over to Alison:)  HERE

While you're there, have a good look around this talented writer's site. Here's a little about Alison:-

ALISON WELLS, is a writer of flash fiction, short stories and novels, and mother of four from Bray, Co. Wicklow. She has worked as a technical writer and has degrees in Psychology and Communication Studies. Her short fiction has appeared in the Sunday Tribune, Crannóg, The View from Here, Metazen and in many anthologies including the Higgs Boson, Voices of Angels, and UK National Flash Fiction Day’s Jawbreakers. She has been shortlisted for Hennessy New Irish Writing and for the Bridport, WOW, and Fish Award. This year she won the Big Book of Hope Ebook fiction category with her flash fiction medley Flashes of Entropy and Hope and was awarded a writing residency in Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry to work on The Exhibit of Held Breaths. Another literary novel is ready for submission. She blogs for writing.ie and on Head above Water www.alisonwells.wordpress.com. Alison has published a space comedy novel Housewife with a Half-LIfe and a mini short collection including Stories to read on the Train. 

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