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An International Children´s Book Conference in Sweden in 2020 may interest some of you! It will consist of three days of talks, lectures and workshops in beautiful Småland:

SMÅLAND, SWEDEN (August 6, 2019) – From 3-5 July, 2020, SmåBUS will be organizing the second International Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference in the heart of Småland, Sweden. This upcoming edition is themed around Inspiration & Responsibility and will involve a number of lectures, workshops, a museum visit, various children’s activities and an international illustrators’ exhibition. The organizers call it “an inspiring cultural movement working in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren.” Speakers include Flemish author Bart Moeyaert, laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2019, which is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for youth literature.”

SmåBUS 2020 attracts an international book-loving crowd of all ages and from different backgrounds. It gives authors, publishers, illustrators, and literary translators of children’s and Young Adult (YA) literature an opportunity to connect over the course of several days, making it the ideal environment to spark creativity and foster collaboration. Attendees will discover new genres and styles, as well as learn more about the practical applications of children's and YA literature. The 2018 edition of the SmaBUS Conference drew an enthusiastic crowd. For tickets and the complete conference program, see the event website.

“SmåBUS 2018 has boosted my confidence as a writer in an incredible way. Being able to completely indulge in literature and writing without having any daily worries to care about was like plugging into a non-stop vibe of inspiration that lasted for weeks after returning home from SmåBUS. The workshops were truly inspiring, the food delicious, and I absolutely loved our trip to Astrid Lingdgren Näs.” – Inge Bergh, children’s books author, Belgium.

SmåBUS is a non-profit organization based in Sweden, which offers writers and illustrators working in children’s and YA literature a platform to exchange inspiration and experience among peers.

For more information and images, please get in touch with Joke Guns at +46 72 571 45 44, or email joke@smabusfestival.se
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An International Children´s Book Conference in Sweden in 2020 may interest some of you! It will consist of three days of talks, lectures and workshops in beautiful Småland:

SMÅLAND, SWEDEN (August 6, 2019) – From 3-5 July, 2020, SmåBUS will be organizing the second International Childrens and Young Adult Literature Conference in the heart of Småland, Sweden. This upcoming edition is themed around Inspiration & Responsibility and will involve a number of lectures, workshops, a museum visit, various children’s activities and an international illustrators’ exhibition. The organizers call it “an inspiring cultural movement working in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren.” Speakers include Flemish author Bart Moeyaert, laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2019, which is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for youth literature.”

SmåBUS 2020 attracts an international book-loving crowd of all ages and from different backgrounds. It gives authors, publishers, illustrators, and literary translators of children’s and Young Adult (YA) literature an opportunity to connect over the course of several days, making it the ideal environment to spark creativity and foster collaboration. Attendees will discover new genres and styles, as well as learn more about the practical applications of childrens and YA literature. The 2018 edition of the SmaBUS Conference drew an enthusiastic crowd. For tickets and the complete conference program, see the event website. 

“SmåBUS 2018 has boosted my confidence as a writer in an incredible way. Being able to completely indulge in literature and writing without having any daily worries to care about was like plugging into a non-stop vibe of inspiration that lasted for weeks after returning home from SmåBUS. The workshops were truly inspiring, the food delicious, and I absolutely loved our trip to Astrid Lingdgren Näs.” – Inge Bergh, children’s books author, Belgium.

SmåBUS is a non-profit organization based in Sweden, which offers writers and illustrators working in children’s and YA literature a platform to exchange inspiration and experience among peers.

For more information and images, please get in touch with Joke Guns at +46 72 571 45 44, or email joke@smabusfestival.se

 

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Thanks for posting this. Hope Joke Guns is flooded with Irish applicants for SmåBUS 2020..

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Some performance opportunities, for those with an interest in, or flair for, this area!

 

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Safe travels home tonight, Clifton! It was great having you here. We’ll see you in Carlow in October.

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Clifton Redmond continues his poetic tour of Illinois, catching up with some old friends of the Carlow Writers' Co-Operative along the way. And managing to find some time to visit the famous Chicago Art Institute to look at some Van Gogh. Last night he read in the Irish-American Heritage Centre in Chicago, the lucky divil!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Clifton Redmond continues his poetic tour of Illinois, catching up with some old friends of the Carlow Writers Co-Operative along the way. And managing to find some time to visit the famous Chicago Art Institute to look at some Van Gogh. Last night he read in the Irish-American Heritage Centre in Chicago, the lucky divil!!!Image attachmentImage attachment

Carlow Writers' Co-Operative member, Clifton Redmond, is settling nicely into his U.S. tour. His first reading down, this poetic force of nature is on the move. Here he is reading to an audience in the lovely Republic of Letters. Seamus Heaney himself would appreciate a name and venue like that. Good man, Clifton, have a blast. ... See MoreSee Less

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Carlow Writers Co-Operative member, Clifton Redmond, is settling nicely into his U.S. tour. His first reading down, this poetic force of nature is on the move. Here he is reading to an audience in the lovely Republic of Letters. Seamus Heaney himself would appreciate a name and venue like that. Good man, Clifton, have a blast.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Thank you. We were so honored to host y’all too. Thanks for coming!

Members of the Carlow Writers' Co-Operative were delighted to be in Lismore, Co Waterford, the August bank holiday weekend for the Blackwater International Poetry Festival. Doreena Jennings and Derek Coyle both read poems over the weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done Doreena and Derek Coyle!

Carlow Writers' Co-Operative member, Derek Coyle, is off to the Blackwater International Poetry Festival where he'll be reading from his book 'Reading John Ashbery in Costa Coffee, Carlow'. The Co-Operative have a long standing relationship with this fun and accessible festival. We were guests of the festival in 2017 and, Co-Operative member, Simon Lewis, also read at the festival on a couple of occasions. Poetry is alive and well in the south! ... See MoreSee Less

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Carlow Writers' Co-Operative member, Doreena Jennings, is representing Ireland at the International Fringe Festival in Tranås, Sweden. Doreena has been taking part in workshops, giving readings of her work, giving talks and presentations, attending artistic performances and having an all round good time in the company of the Swedes. We know you are having a ball, Doreena - may your time in Sweden be creative and productive. ... See MoreSee Less

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Longstanding Carlow Writers' Co-Operative member Derek Coyle had his first poetry volume reviewed in this Saturday's 'The Irish Times'. The poems in Derek's 'Reading John Ashbery in Costa Coffee, Carlow' were described by the Times' John McAuliffe as 'funny, slight and quick on their feet', possessing something 'of Paul Durcan's desire to say what has not been said before.' ... See MoreSee Less

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Longstanding Carlow Writers Co-Operative member Derek Coyle had his first poetry volume reviewed in this Saturdays The Irish Times. The poems in Dereks Reading John Ashbery in Costa Coffee, Carlow were described by the Times John McAuliffe as funny, slight and quick on their feet, possessing something of Paul Durcans desire to say what has not been said before.Image attachment

A number of Carlow Writers' Co-Operative members are enjoying Darren Donohue's The Writing Room workshops this summer. Darren is currently the Carlow writer-in-residence. We are delighted to see two of his poems published in this Saturday's 'The Irish Times'. Well done, Darren. ... See MoreSee Less

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A number of Carlow Writers Co-Operative members are enjoying Darren Donohues The Writing Room workshops this summer. Darren is currently the Carlow writer-in-residence. We are delighted to see two of his poems published in this Saturdays The Irish Times. Well done, Darren.Image attachment

Here you go. I've compiled all of your mad/alternative/surreal poetry thoughts.

The Alternative Poetry Disco Prompt

1. I catch snowflakes on my tongue.
2. I love to dye eggs in my spare time; I'll only eat pink eggs.
3. I bounced my balloon in the swimming pool.
4. My canary wore a three piece suit to the wedding.
5. I ate all the plastic grapes in the window display.
6. Yeats materialized beside me in Powers and gave me the tip.
7. The crow flew down and advised me how to build the shed.
8. Though Ferd had been everywhere from Timbuktu to Tucumcari, he had never seen a bird with a penis.
9. The more she struggled to concentrate on the exam paper, the larger the Chestnut tree grew from her right ear.
10. And Santa sang ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ in Mozartian fashion to a baroque orchestra conducted by Tom Waits.
11. 'I think work is overrated', said the pigeon to the Traffic Warden, as he contemplated Existentialism from his perch on the traffic light.
12. I found a hedgehog nesting in the freezer.
13. Naked, as the day he was born, or that one time in Tesco.
14. He climbed into the frozen food fridge naked in a protest against global warming... and left, storing his nuts for winter.
15. The banana sighed at the sight of the expense reports.
16. The swallows are back from Africa, they walked and swam a year to get here.
17. Jesus, the silence was deafening, the flies were doing Riverdance on the mirror again, the ants the fandango on the washbasin...
18. I watch the green door float down the river…I want to use it to enter another sky...
19. I burn bridges with my retractable five colour ballpoint pen.
20. The sprint across the custard filled swimming pool.
21. The raindrops keep falling on my feet.
22. Bob's my uncle but he's a horse.
23. The donkey put too many apostrophes in his trailer.
24. A drop of the crater asked the chap on top of Mount Vesuvius.
25. Let the sea boil in a can of Coke.
26. Dali was kissing Monet on the Opera stage. They weren’t monkeys…
27. The horse was sucked into the jet engine.
28. A flock of cheddar answered the phone.
29. I go up and down in a horizontal town.
30. The stale lasagne was used as a brick filler.
31. A trail of orange togs was in her wake.
32. I have packed the sink with strawberries.
33. ‘Eat your greens.' Said Mrs Green. Whilst Mrs Parsnip complained about discrimination.
34. Will someone answer the lobster telephone…whilst I switch off the Pineapple television?
35. There are rectangles in my tomato machine.
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For all the Carlow fans of Prof. Murphy.

Who or what were your musical influences growing up and why?

I was the youngest of five. I’d often sneak into the crypt of my elder brothers’ room and rifle through their records. The sleeves had as big an impact as the musical content. Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak and Live & Dangerous, Horslips’ The Tain, Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same, Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. I’d wonder: who are these freaks? They look… unsavoury.

Weirdly enough, I also remember messing around with side 2 of Bowie’s Heroes, the ambient side. I’d play it at the wrong speed and record myself speaking over the top into an old Sony tape recorder, a sort of early template for the spoken word/music recordings I’d do with the Revelator Orchestra.What are your earliest musical memories? From years one through ten: an old orange mono record player in the living room on which my mother would play Count John McCormack albums. The Dubliners’ cr…
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