Saturday, March 30, 2013

PB 5 - Open for Submissions

Illustration by Steve Simpson

Great News for all poets!!!!

Peadar O' Donoghue  of The Poetry Bus Magazine is accepting submissions

So here 's the deal.....

PB mag Will Accept simultaneous submissions (be sure to tell us though)
Will Accept emailed submissions
Will Acknowledges your submission right away
Will Reply  with a yes or no with a personal email

Replies within one calendar month Maximum... (often replies within a week)

To submitt to the Autumn 2013 issue of PB

Email 4 or 5 poems (max) to thepoetrybusmag@gmail.com

Offers of artwork/illustrations are also welcome.

Now what could be easier????

Friday, March 29, 2013


If you fancy reading about yours truly, and how I avoid freaking out when writing crime fiction then click on the

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EMU INK was launched at the Irish Writers' Centre last Thursday to a packed audience. 

Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteacht
 Jimmy Deenihan
 speaking at the launch of Emu Ink
Emer Cleary - Founder of Emu Ink

Louise Phillips  - speaking at launch

To FIND OUT more about EMU INK Click HERE

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Reviews are important!!!

Well apart from the obvious need to get feedback on your work, and the joy when you hear a reader has enjoyed your book, some people do use reviews on Amazon as indicators of what they might choose next.

I'm been over the moon with the amount of emails, facebook and twitter comments I've gotten from people who have enjoyed RED RIBBONS, but not everyone posts a review on Amazon.

It's really easy, so if you fancy doing one for RED RIBBONS or any other novel, the links are below.

To post a review on www.amazon.co.uk CLICK HERE and go to 'Create your own review' under the star!

To post a review on www.amazon.com CLICK HERE and go to 'Create your own review' under the stars!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Crime Scene @writing.ie - Book Reviews for March 2013

The Crime Scene Reviewers over at Writing.ie have been busy, and here are the reviews in for March 2013

Read review of The Trap  HERE

Read review of Stalkers  HERE

Read Review of Cross Bones Yard  HERE

Read Review of Another Kind of Country HERE

Read Review of The Healer HERE

Read Review of Good People HERE

Read Review of The City of Shadows HERE

Images from a great week at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre

I promised you pics, so here they are!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Short Sharp Shocks and Chekovs!!

An Evening Dedicated to the Short Story

Thursday 21st March - 7 p.m.
 @ The Irish Writers' Centre Parnell Square  

There will be wine, music and great readings, an evening not to be missed!!

Readings by Jack Harte, Mia Gallagher, Louise Phillips & Ferdia Lennon
Anton Chekov championed the short story in the 19th Century, a literary baton picked up from the Russian master and carried forward in the 20th by Irish literary figures from Sean O'Faolain and Frank   O'Connor to John McGahern and Mary Lavin. Irish writers have traditionally utilised this genre to record the lives and thoughts of ordinary people, their struggles and desires. The Irish Writers’ Centre is delighted to present an evening celebrating the short story with four contemporary authors maintaining that tradition: Louise M. PhillipsJack HarteFerida Lennon and Mia Gallagher.

Refreshments will be served and live music with historical harpist Brenda Malloy.

All are welcome
€5 / €3 (members)

Jack Harte was born in Killeenduff, Co Sligo, in 1944 and grew up in Lanesboro, Co Longford. His short story collections are Murphy in the Underworld (1986), Birds and Other Tails (1996), and From Under Gogol's Nose (2004). A CD of his stories and songs, Lament for the Birds, was released in 2004. Collections of his stories in translation have appeared in Russia, India and Bulgaria. He had a novella, Homage, published in 1992. His first novel, In the wake of the Bagger, commissioned under the Government's Per Cent for Art scheme, was published in 2006. The following year his second novel, Reflections in a Tar-Barrel, was published in Bulgarian translation before appearing in English in 2008. For many years Jack worked as Principal of Lucan Community College.

Louise Phillips returned to writing in 2006, after a 20 year gap. Her work has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. In 2009, she won the Jonathan Swift Award for her short story Last Kiss, and in 2011, she was a winner in the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform. Louise has also been short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for the RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition. In 2012, she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin County Council. Also that year, her debut novel Red Ribbons, a psychological crime thriller was published. It was subsequently shortlisted for ‘Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2012’, in the Irish Book Awards. In 2013, her second novel, The Doll’s House will be published by Hachette Books Ireland.

Mia Gallagher is a fiction writer, playwright and performer based in Dublin. Her short fiction has been published in the UK, US and Ireland; it won the START Chapbook Short Fiction award (2005) and was shortlisted for the Fish, Hennessy and William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen Awards. Her debut novel HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006) was critically acclaimed and received the Irish Tatler Literature Award, and an extract from her second novel Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland appeared in the spring 2012 issue of Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press). Between 2009-2010, Mia was Writer-in-Residence with IADT/dlr arts office. She has performed widely in Ireland and abroad, most recently as Rosamund Jacob in TG4’s The Enigma of Frank Ryan. In autumn 2012, ‘The Trick’ and ‘Burning Love’ two of her adaptations from the classic Grand Guignol Theatre of Horror were produced by Carpet Theatre for Absolut Fringe. She is developing a third novel with the support of an Arts Council bursary.

Ferdia Lennon is from Dublin. He recently returned from Paris, where he co-wrote the comedy sketch show Fifth Wall which played at the Petit Théâtre du Bonheur, Montmartre. His short fiction has appeared in journals such as SouthwordThe Galway Ropes Anthology and Wordlegs 30 under 30. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Sean O' Faolain Short Story Competition. You can read his story here.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Editing, retreats and all things writing!!!

Right, I'm off into hiding AGAIN:-)

For the next few weeks, I'll be working on editing The Doll's House, making sure it's all lovely and enjoyable for you by the time it's released on August 1st!!!

To help along the way, and to ensure I don't sneak back on-line, especially when my disciplined, well behaved self, isn't looking - I'm also going away to the fantastic Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig for a while.

I really hope I don't end up in the haunted room, because I need peace and quiet to get the job done.

Here are some nice pics to give you a flavour of the place - but I promise, I'll bring some more images back with me!!!!

Writing Retreat in the Mountains!!!

Intensive Crime Writing Workshop with Louise Phillips @Carousel Creates

Saturday 20th April 2013
10.am – 5 pm – Coffee and Lunch included

Essential Elements of Crime Writing
Plot, character, tension and pace

Crime Scene Evaluation


Research, Research, Research!

The 'Why' and the 'How'

Getting to grips with Dialogue

Pitfalls, top tips, purpose, rhythm and shape

Social Media is here to stay

Quick introduction on getting it working for you

Pitch Perfect

Creating the perfect pitch letter

Individual Editorial Critique

Based on 1,000 word submission

Total cost including tea/coffee & lunch €55
Book HERE  

Friday, March 1, 2013

Launch of Emu Ink - Ireland's Newest Self Publishing Company

Emu Ink

Emu Ink is Ireland's newest self publishing company aimed at helping authors to realise their dreams in seeing their work published in print and online, available worldwide - but there are many more elements to it and something brand new to the industry is coming your way!

All will be revealed when the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan  officially launches Emu Ink at the Irish Writers Centre later this month.

Also speaking on the night will be Founder, Emer Cleary, Eamonn Maloney TD, myself, and 9-year-old Joe Prendergast, who will be reading an extract from his book. 

It's set to be a night to remember and one where publishing takes a new and very exciting turn.

So if you're in Dublin, then don't miss this event commencing 

@6.30 - 27th March 2012 at the Irish Writers Centre!!!
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