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30. Conversation with Roland Evans

April 28th, 2016

Hi,

This week we have the privilege of hearing from Roland Evans author of The Marshland Chronicles, a dystopian fantasy and coming of age novel. Roland was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2010 which gave him incentive to finish his book. We talk about how environment and life experience play key roles in his story and world-building, and how a weekend retreat could end up in an idea for a story. He touches on coming up with names, and gives us real gems on editing that you don't want to miss!

 

To get a copy of Roland's book, The Marshland Chronicles, go to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association website. The book is available from the IMNDA shop for 15 euro at www.imnda.ie . All proceeds go towards the IMNDA as to Roland's request.

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29. Rethinking Novellas

April 21st, 2016

This week we reconsider what we’ve been told about writing novellas – that is not to do it – and examine what novellas are, how to write them, where they can be published and who likes to read them. As a result I’m much less freaked out about the idea that I might be writing one!

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy 

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28. The Joanne Clancy Affair

April 14th, 2016

This week we talk about the story that’s a fire all over the writing world. Eilis O’Hanlon published an article in theIrish Independent about how she discovered her published novels were stolen and available for sale on kindle under the name Joanne Clancy. A very little digging finds that “Joanne Clancy” has 26 novels to her name and claims to go from start to finish writing a novel in just 6 weeks. We’re agog and aghast and also other words, which we’re afraid to write down lest they be stolen! But just how far does the conspiracy go?

 

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy

Music by Gavin Mulhall 

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27. Writers Update & Sharing with Others

April 7th, 2016

This week we give an update on our writing and how we are (slowly, ever so slowly) progressing.

Kate also shares with us an experience she had sharing her writing process with a creative group based in Dublin.

We hope you enjoy listening.

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Cathy Clarke

 

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26. International Literature Festival Dublin

March 10th, 2016

This week 2/3 of the podcast team attended the Town Hall meeting called by the International Literary Festival Dublin to discuss the upcoming event. In this podcast we discuss the outcomes of that meeting for those who could not attend and throw up a few ideas of our own.

The International Literary Festival Dublin is calling for suggestions at the moment – so anyone with suggestions can contact them at http://ilfdublin.com/

 

We will be taking a break for the next three weeks as Ireland closes to celebrate Paddy's Day and Easter, but will be back with you guys on the 7th April.

 

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Cathy Clarke.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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25. Fantastic Writing, Writing Fantasy

March 3rd, 2016

This week we focus on writing fantasy. Kate is a practiced hand and Máire's just begun, so we go through Melissa Kelly’s Top Eight Rules For Writing Fantasy http://fantasy.fictionfactor.com/articles/fantasyrules.html and talk about what we’ve done, what we have yet to do, and what we feel guilty about not doing.

 

Kate mentions Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work http://austinkleon.com/show-your-work/ and the Mythcreants http://mythcreants.com/ in her very knowledgeable take on writing fantasy. Cathy keeps us on track, reminding us that much of this is good advice for writing in all genres, and Máire threatens everyone with the potential of writing ‘Orcrotica’!

 

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

 

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24. Pirate Love & Historical Fiction

February 25th, 2016

This week we chat about Historical Fiction, what it is and how to write it best.

 

We hope you enjoy listening.

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Cathy Clarke.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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23. Why do we write?

February 18th, 2016

In this episode we discuss George Orwell's motivations for writing which he documented in his essay Why I Write : http://orwell.ru/library/essays/wiw/english/e_wiw 

 

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Cathy Clarke.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

 

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22. A Sense of Place

February 11th, 2016

This week we discussed 'a sense of place' - how to achieve it, how to describe it, what are the obstacles?

 

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Cathy Clarke.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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21. The Milkisode

February 4th, 2016

At the start of 2015 our writers group set out individual goals... it's time to face the music and see if we did what we said we'd do. Some things roll over into our 2016 goals, and we set the trap for an awkward discussion this time next year!

We move on to discuss pop culture and temporal references and the conflicting merits of a sense of time and dating your work. And finish up with a rather revealing discussion about George RR Martin latest announcement that he did not make his deadline for the Winds of Winter. We go deep into Cathy’s motivation for writing and finally go public on her primary vice – milk!

 

Presented and Produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy.

Music by Gavin Mulhall

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