I was off a-reading at The Ash Sessions: Cover of Love yesterday (more of that, coming soon) so the Sunday round-up comes to you Monday instead. Surely, the declamation of love poetry on the streets of Ranelagh, warming the hearts and minds of the populace is a thoroughly acceptable excuse?
Here’s what caught my eye, ear and funny bone this week.
Poem of the Week:
A Darned Good Read:
Irish Authors on Longlist for Richest Short Story Award
Famous Creative People on the Fear of Failure
Style Sheet: A Conversation with my Copy Editor
21 Amazing Last Lines from Literature
Burning Bush 2: Issue 6 – New poems from John W. Sexton, Kevin Higgins, Nessa O’Mahony and more.
The Bohemyth: February Issue – New Writing by Claire Hennessey, Doireann Ni Ghriofa and more.
Excerpt from Writers on Writing – Mary Gordan discusses her writing tools and routines.
Submissions & Competitions:
Headstuff – Alan Bennett’s collaborative web-site covering literary work, history, science, music, film and more.
Bare Fiction – seeking features and reviews
BBC National Short Story Award – deadline Feb 28.
Inspiration for Writers:
Jo Bell’s Write a Poem a Week blog, ’52’ – great ideas and writing prompts.
Advice for Poets:
How to Speak Poetry: Sarah Clancy – The Ash Sessions
How to Win a Poetry Competition – 10 Tips from Poet, Carole Bromley
How to be a Writer – Advice from writer, Jeannine Ouelette
Upcoming Literary Events in Ireland:
Burning Love 3 – A night of noir, music and tall tales – Dublin – 14th Feb
Cork Spring Poetry Festival – 12th – 15th Feb – with Billy Collins, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin & more.
Dublin Writers Forum – Every Thursday at The Workman’s Club, Dublin – 7.30pm
I Write Like – pop in a couple of paragraphs of text to discover which famous writer you write like
Quote of the Week: W. H. Auden
“Auden said something disparaging about Samuel Beckett getting the Nobel Prize for Literature. Nikos said: ‘Who else is there?’ Auden shook his head so all the sagging wrinkles shook and said: ‘There’s me.’” (via)