This year was the first installment of the ROPES creative writing school competition. We were blown away by the dozens of entries from talented Transition Year and 5th Year students across Ireland, and we are delighted to be able to give these young writers a platform. Below, you can read our interview with Fiona McShane, author of 'Cradle' and this year's winner. You can read her incredible short story on our website, or see it in print in this year's edition of ROPES, ephemeral, which you can find for sale in our shop.
By Fiona McShane
After the world ended, the only things left intact were the stories. The storyteller was called Cradle. It held no feelings toward the supposed apocalypse. It held no feelings at all. It only stood tall and shining, as the last remains of the human race struggled to emerge from the debris and their abject despair.
The Difference Between a House and a Home
by Juliet Malone
Juliet is a 4th Year Student from Malahide Community School and according to her she’s been writing since before she could walk.
Third Place Winner- Nathan Ferry with The Midnight Zone
Nathan is a fourth year student in Coláiste Éinde who enjoys reading and composing fiction.
Have you forgotten about Mother’s Day this year? Does your Mom love books? Then fear not because we have some last-minute gifts for all literature-loving Mamas out there!
Sophia Hadef is the founder of Galway-based gothic literature publishing company “Dubh Publishing” and is currently studying an MA in Journalism at NUI Galway. We chat to Sophie (virtually!) about her career path, how to stay creative during the pandemic and her books to watch for 2021!
You can follow Sophia on Instagram (@soelvyra_) on Twitter (@soelvyra) and Dubh Publishing on Twitter (@dubhpublishing)
When Home becomes a Prison – Domestic Abuse in a Pandemic
“You do not have to stay at home. You can leave. If you are ready and can safely do so, call us or call in, we are open 24/7 – 091 56 59 85.”
Our very own Sylvia Power chats with freelance journalist Barry Pierce.
Be sure to check out Sylvia's Literature Show on NUIG's Flirt FM 101.3.
You can follow Barry on Twitter @BarryPierce. We hope you enjoy the interview!
Song lyrics are one of the most underrated pieces of literature. Although not all of them are masterpieces
This week, the team at ROPES are delighted to have had the opportunity to speak with Jack Power, investigative journalist for the Irish times. Jack spoke to us regarding his experiences as a young journalist entering the field of journalism, the impact he believes the COVID-19 pandemic and social media evolution have had on newspaper publication, and the advice he would give to those hoping to establish a career in a creative industry. Jack has been a news reporter at the Irish Times since April 2017, and he won Young Journalist of the Year at the 2019 Irish Newsbrands annual newspaper awards.
- So to get started I thought we could get a bit of background on you first. Tell us everything, how you got into books, your undergrad, how you decided on the MA in Literature and Publishing, anything at all that you want to share.
Our very own Sylvia Power chats with poet Pádraig Ó Tuama.
Be sure to check out Sylvia's , Literature Show on NUIG's Flirt FM 101.3.
So. You’re a writer, and you’re eyeing up that grant or bursary that would help you towards achieving your creative potential - but the thought of filling out a tedious application form stresses you out far more than writing? My guess is that you’re not alone there. Applying for funding can be time-consuming and daunting, however, our tips below should make that process easier.
Here at ROPES we understand writer’s block like nobody else. We could write a book on it ....maybe after we watch just one more TikTok. For a little inspiration we have compiled two lists to help ignite a creative spark! One is for poetry and the other for fiction. These are definitely interchangeable, so just take that idea and go wild!
There is a long standing tradition of charitable partnerships linked to the production of ROPES. It is a source of great pride for us to be able to continue the tradition this year by raising money for COPE Galway.
Having trouble getting started with a writing project? Never fear, here are a collection of helpful writing tips from the Editorial Team at ROPES!
Interview with our school competition winner, Fiona McShane!
30 Apr, 2021
1st Place Winner of Our School Competition
23 Apr, 2021
2nd Place Winner of our School Competition
16 Apr, 2021
3rd Place Winner of our School Competition
15 Apr, 2021
Mother's Day Gifts for a Literature Loving Mum
12 Mar, 2021
Interview with Sophia Hadef, Founder of Dubh Publishing
5 Mar, 2021
COPE Galway - Modh Eile House
19 Feb, 2021