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New book celebrates Atlantic seashore

  IRELAND’S Atlantic Seashore, a new book by photographer Valerie O’Sullivan, charts in words and images the richness and diversity of people and places from Mizen Head to Malin Head and showcases a number of locations and people in Clare. The book is a culmination of two years work, mainly negotiating the most precarious weather in living memory, in between Valerie’s job as a full-time photographer. “County Clare has its own unique beauty. The lives of the people follow the same pattern – desperately trying to preserve their way of life, knowing and breathing the sea all their lives, eager to converse and trade stories about the weather and to discover mutual friends along the way,” Valerie said. It was because of this that Valerie has featured many of its coastline scenes and people in her recent publication.“Meeting well-known seaweed producers Michael and Evan Talty was fascinating. They love working the land and the seashore. Their knowledge of sea vegetables …

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Communities coming together through writing

ACROSS the county a number of writers groups are offering a communal outlet for what is essentially a solitary pastime.

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Short story competition calling for firey imaginations

Clare entrants are being sought for this year’s Specsavers and the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.Inspired by a beautiful cartoon from a fairy tale, children from across Ireland are being challenged to create a short story in 500 words or less beginning with the sentence “He could not believe his eyes…” The cartoon features a magical young boy who loves adventure and his sidekick, a mischievous fairy.

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Book festival to fuel young imaginations

CHILDREN are flocking to libraries across the county this week and will continue to do so over the month of October, as the Children’s Book Festival 2012 gets underway.

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Christie on target in crime fiction

John Curran, author of Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making, was in Ennis recently to speak at the annual Coroner’s Society of Ireland’s conference. Here, he shares his passion for crime fiction and reveals some of his favourite titles in the whodunit genre to Carol Byrne  

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Thanks for the poetry, Sarah

SARAH Clancy needed a break. After a day’s work as a development officer with Amnesty International, the Salthill native’s spare time was consumed with campaigning, including opposing the construction of the Shell gas pipeline in Rossport. The divisions between her professional and personal life were starting to blur. On a week’s holiday in Norway in 2009, Sarah remembered she always wanted to write. She returned to Galway with 10 poems and joined a creative writing class with poet Kevin Higgins.Three years later, she has three books of poetry to her name. Thanks for Nothing, Hippies, published recently by Clare’s Salmon Poetry, burns with the author’s commitment to justice and blends it with blackly funny poems about the obstacles of the everyday and tender explorations of heartbreak.“One of my biggest trip-ups is that I can have my cappuccino life in Ireland and the next I can be in Mexico, where six of my friends happen to have been murdered because they’re …

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Turning over a new leaf for Children’s Book Festival

Libraries in Clare are gearing up for this year’s Children’s Book Festival 2012 with events planned across all branches over the month of October.

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