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Book Launch: “Heaven on Earth An Inner Reality

Ambrose Doran is cycling over four hundred kilometres around Connacht to raise awareness on mental and emotional health, topics he deals with in his book “Heaven On Earth An Inner Reality”. What is it? He will be cycling through 30 towns and will be providing seven talks in seven weeks. Ambrose will show people how to heal from emotional turmoil such as anxiety, depression, worry, grief and fear through teaching effective techniques to deal with these negative thoughts and emotions. Ambrose will also explain how to remove the mental blocks to […]

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The Dublin International Literature Festival

The Dublin International Literature Festival is taking place as we speak and there is plenty to see and do. What is it? The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is one of Ireland’s great literary events and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress. What happens? With readings, discussions, […]

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Poetry Day Ireland – April 27th

There is a real treat coming up for all poets across Ireland this month, as Poetry Day is taking place nationwide. Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poets and poetry at home and abroad. It celebrates poetry, which is intrinsically linked to our Irish identities. From Yeats to Kavanagh, McCormack to Muldoon, Ireland is a hot spot for all things poetic. When is it? In 2017, Poetry Day will be celebrated on Thursday, April 27th and the theme for 2017 is “Poetry Connects.” Here’s what the […]

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Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Festival season is upon us and at Selfpublishbooks.ie, we like to keep you up to date with the latest goings on in the world of books. This month, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature takes place in Galway City, so we decided to give you the low down on the festival and what to expect. What is it? The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual literature festival held since 1985 in Galway. The festival consists of a variety of events taking place over the course of a week each April with […]

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Interview: Anne McKeon, “Nine Lives”

We spoke to Anne McKeon,  who recently published her book, Nine Lives, with us. We talk to Anne about her favourite books, love of writing and how characters can call to you, asking for their story to be told. “I have been writing since a very young age – always keeping a diary and I still have all my diaries going back to when I was 15 years old. I initially wrote poetry from my late teens. Some years ago I went to a weekend workshop on creative writing and by the […]

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Interview: Joanie Browne, “Views to Amuse”

On today’s blog, we have an interview with poet, Joanie Browne. Joanie recently published a collection of poems about life, view through the lens of laughter and love.   “I came to creative writing while doing a back to education course.” She said. “I am an early school leaver and was attending a Health Care Course, when one of my tutors noticed that I may have a talent for writing. While I had always found it easy, I had never considered I had a talent. I followed up with a […]

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Readers Rejoice – Print Books are Back

There is really nothing like a real book. That feeling of turning a page and realise that you have finished another chapter and are compelled to continue is unparalleled. And if you say print books are on the way out, we beg to differ—and so do the facts. Print books sales went up a whopping 10% last year. Nielsen’s new figures show that 11 million new books were sold in Ireland in 2016, taking in €131m, according to a recent article in the Irish Independent. This is fantastic news, especially […]

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Interview – Bridget Goulding, Author of “Kilmurry Fields”

Recently, we talked to Bridget Goulding, author of “Kilmurry Fields”. We spoke to her about her book, her love of nature and history and how getting lost in a moment can make the ordinary seem absolutely extraordinary.  “The basis for Kilmurry Fields came about as a result of a conversation with my next-door neighbour. On a warm Spring evening, I left home to go for a walk and immediately met Donal at his front gate.  Over the next two and a half hours, we spoke of so many topics but the central subject […]

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Worldbuilding – A Few Helpful Hints

Worldbuilding is essential in any novel. Regardless of whether you are telling an epic love story in space, or a war story that spans decades and dimensions, it’s important to give your reader a sense of place. You want the reader to immerse themselves in the world and feel grounded. Here are a few of our favourite tips on world building: Research Even if you’re creating a fictional world, it needs to feel like a reality. The best way to achieve this in worldbuilding is by doing a little research. Look […]

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NaNoWriMo –

Now that the Novel Fair deadline has passed, it’s time to hop onto the next big writing venture: NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo before, worry not, because we’re going to give you the low down on the international writing sensation and how you can take part. What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s more affectionately known, is a yearly writing movement that asks people from all over the world to write a novel in a month. How it Works On November 1st, you are challenged […]

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