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Creative Writing Workshop with Emer Martin

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November: 10.30am-4.30pm

Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Tel: +353 1 8721302
Email: info@writerscentre.ie

What makes good writing great? Whether you are a poet or a novelist, writing takes skill, talent, discipline and a continuous flow of original ideas. So how do we keep the creative channel open? This intensive two day workshop is designed to open your work up and show you methods to access the deeper parts of yourself over a long period of time to improve your craft and take your writing to a deeper level. Open to all levels and all kinds of writing.


Thursday, June 19th, 7pm
…A reading at Balbriggan Library

Sophia Housing is presenting its biannual celebration of great Irish short films on Friday June 27th at 7.30pm. Ten-multi award winning short Irish films will be screened. Writers/directors include established names such as Irvine Welsh, and rising stars such as Emer Martin, Ciaran Foy, and Graham Cantwell, Rachel Rath among others. What makes this event unique is its intimacy. Unlike a traditional film festival each filmmaker gets an opportunity to introduce their films, answer questions, and mingle with the audience. Tickets cost E50 each. Price includes a selection of fine wines, gourmet finger food and light refreshments together with an opportunity to celebrate the international success of short Irish Films and meet with the writers and directors. This unconventional and enjoyable night was a resounding success in 2006. All the proceeds will go to Sophia, a voluntary organization that provides accommodation and support for people with special needs and the homeless. Sophia is a organization that alleviates the root cause of homelessness with a unique holistic approach enabling people to make a positive difference in their lives.

WHERE:25 Cork St, Dublin 8.
01 4738300

White Dress, Director Vanessa Gildea.
Stalking Colin Farrell, Director Cora McNabb
Unaccompanied, Director Emer Martin.
Past Pupil, Director Graham Cantwell.
The Faeries of Blackheath Woods, Director Ciaran Foy
Scumbot, Director Ciaran Foy.
Undressing My Mother, Director Ken Waldrop
Out of Sight, Director Sophia Kansanniva
Nuts, Director Irvine Welsh
The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish, Director Andrew Legge

January, 31st

Emer will be appearing in the National Library in Edinburgh 7pm, Jan 31st to chair an evening retrospective on the career of Kevin Williamson the legendary publisher of Rebel Inc.


Fly By Night
readings … dance … music … more …

The Stinging Fly is proud to present a winter gathering for its writers and readers (old and new) at the Voodoo Lounge (Arran Quay, Dublin 7) on Wednesday December 5th.


Doors 8pm. Admission €10.

(Please note first performances begin shortly after 8pm so do get there early if you want to catch everything.)

Tickets available on door, or can be booked in advance here. Prepaid tickets will be held at the door.


Readings by our 2007 Featured Poets, Helena Nolan and Keith Payne

The presentation of the 2007 Stinging Fly Prize to Sarah Purcell

by judge Emer Martin

A short story from Kevin Barry and new work from Sean O’Reilly

Choreographer Olwen Grindley and media artist Tim Redfern
A performance of ‘Slit-Scan Choreography’ – a process where video of a performer’s physical movements is manipulated ‘live’ to create a simultaneous image of movement over time

Music by The Big Tomato Band … and … Larry Beau

Dancing until late with DJ Eileen Gogan

Books and copies of The Stinging Fly will be on sale on the night thanks to Regan at the Winding Stair.

Come join us for a night to remember at the Voodoo Lounge.


Sat 26th 7.45
The 11th Edinburgh26 7.45pm Kevin Williamson, Don Paterson and Emer Martin (Readings)
& Radical
Book Fair
.. .t h e a lt er n at ive E dinbu r gh book fes t i val
24 – 28 October 2007
Out of the Blue Drill Hall
30-38 Dalmeny Street (off Leith Walk)
Entry to the Book Fair is free. No tickets required.

Thurs 11 Oct 2007
Emer Martin and Mary Rose Callaghan
6.00pm Waterstones, Dawson Street, Dublin
A talk, reading and Q&A session with the authors


Thursday 4 Oct 2007

Emer Martin & Steve MacDonogh
8.00pm Killarney Library, Co. Kerry
The author of Baby Zero and the editorial director of Brandon in a talk, reading and Q&A session.

Fri 5 Oct 2007

1.00pm Dingle Bookshop, Green Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry
A talk, reading and Q&A session with the author of Baby Zero, and guest appearance by the legendary poet and revolutionary Kevin Williamson whose book In A Room Darkened is being released this month. Emer’s painting is on the cover.

kevin’s book


Monday 10th September 2007: 7.30pm, Ballina Library

Public prose workshop for writers.
This workshop is aimed at amateur writers (from writers’ groups etc.). There is a maximum of 10 for the workshop.

Thursday 13th September 2007: 8pm, Ballina Library

‘Remembering Jack Kerouac’. Readings night.
Readings night featuring all four resident EDGE07 writers, joined by a number of guests, reading from On the Road as well as some of Kerouac’s poetry and some of your own work.

Spirit Nightclub
Sunday, 8 July 2007
Frank Ilfman AKA DJ Carnival-Pod / DJ Saskia /
DJ Tony Walsh/ Irish short films / Diva Manilla

Sunday, 8 July

sees Spirit Nightclub re-launch Mardi Gras, the monthly eclectic party, with a superb line-up of guests, hand-picked from the Irish and international film, music and alternative scenes, performing to an estimated crowd of one thousand.

DJs and drag artists will be introduced by the screening of approximately ten short films, mostly of Irish stock. The novelist Irvine Welsh has a notable presence on the night, as actor, writer and director of two of the films. Unaccompanied is a new film by novelist and filmmaker Emer Martin. It stars Maria Hayden (Bloom and The Dead) and is produced by Niall McKay and the Media Factory. Welsh features as a social worker who comes across a traumatized young boy from Africa, adrift on the streets of Dublin. Welsh is also the writer and director of Nuts, a film about a man coming to terms with a genital illness. Emer Martin is producer and Greg Hecq is cinematographer. The full line-up for the night is still to be confirmed, but Graham Cantwell’s award winning short A Dublin Story is expected to show also. Directed by Cantwell, produced by Tamara Anghie and written by Brian Timmons, it beautifully contrasts the innocence of two boys, Sanga and Clocker, with the harsh realities of the capital city they call home. The film won the Light in Motion Award for Best Irish Short at the Foyle International Film Festival 2003 and the Kodak Tiernan McBride Award for Best Irish Short at the Galway Film Fleadh 2003. It was also shortlisted for Academy Award nomination in 2004.


Saturday Lunchtime Readings in the Galway City Museum, Spanish Arch, Emer will be reading from Baby Zero.


Baby Zero was launched MARCH 8TH, in Waterstones on Dawson St at 6.30pm. Irvine Welsh and Emer Martin did a reading and signing.Â


Emer Martin in conversation with Irvine Welsh. All welcome. www.writerscentre.ie


Bardic Brunch with Little John Nee, Emer Martin & Irvine Welsh
12-2pm- King’s Head, High Street- Admission €18/15 (includes brunch).
This year’s Bardic Brunch looks to be one of the most exciting ever with
special guests Emer Martin and Irvine Welsh. Emer Martin is from Dublin and arrived on the Irish literary scene with a bang in 1996 with her first
novel Breakfast on Babylon. She will read from her uproarious third novel,Babyzero, a darkly comic novel about a family caught between the
fundamentalism of the East and the commercialism of the West. Cúirt welcomes back Edinburgh’s own, the legendary Irvine Welsh; his visit in 1996 is considered one of the high points in the festival’s history. He will read from his latest novel, The Bedroom Secrets of the Masterchefs (2006).
One-man cabaret Little John Nee will liven up even the haziest Sunday morning brain with his dazzling wordsmithery and song: join in the craic in the funky surroundings of The King’s Head.
The Writers Bloc. Literary Evening Thursday 10th May

Evening of writing wit and wine with Emer Martin and Victoria Mary Clarke. Emer ‘s works include ‘Breakfast at Babylon’ Book of the year, Listowel Writers week ’96 and most recently ‘Baby Zero’. Victoria Mary Clarke’s works include ‘A drink with Shane MacGowan’ and most recently ‘Angel in Disguise’. Music interludes with Darren Byrne and possibly Shane MacGowan.

For bookings:

Wexford Arts Centre
Tel: 053 91 23764