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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 31, 2009 @ 10:29 am

    What have I missed?

    Fiona McCann

    So, while I’ve been off galivanting, Dun Laoghaire’s had its Festival of World Cultures, and a new Tarantino film is out. Sheesh. Thankfully I’m back in plenty of time for several other cultural up-and-comings coming up. Such as the Some Blind Alleys writing competition being run to coincide with the launch of this online journal for new Irish writing and visual art. There are three categories: essay, short story and translation. And three judges: Booker longlisted Ed O’Loughlin, writer Tim Robinson and Rough Magic Theatre Company Executive Producer Diego Fasciati. The deadline for entry is September 18th and, get this, THERE’S NO FEE. This may well be the first time I’ve ever heard of a writing competition that doesn’t require an entry fee, and it warms the cockles of one’s heart to hear it. For more information on the competition and how to enter, click here. Meanwhile, just a heads up that a little further down the line but worth putting in yizzer calendars is the upcoming Offset 2009. It’s a week-long creative festival that culminates in a three-day conference at Liberty Hall and offers a line-up of speakers that includes Serge Seidlitz, Oliver Jeffers (author of the beautiful Lost and Found) and Tara McPherson. It runs November 6th to 9th – put it in your diaries folks. Autumn/Winter is getting busy . . .

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