A Week in Words: Feb 9

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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.

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Poem of the Week:

O Me! O Life - Walt Whitman

A Darned Good Read:

10 Authors on James Joyce

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

Literary Fun:

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)