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DBF and author interviews

Dublin Book Festival 2017Cover image

There’s been lots happening over the past few weeks, not least the fact that I can now share that I’ll be part of the Dublin Book Festival (DBF) 2017, which is great news. As I mentioned before, Libraries NI loved Magical Masquerade and were keen to do some events in relation to it. I had also contacted the DBF over the summer to pitch myself for inclusion in this year’s programme and they had expressed an interest in having me involved.

So… the two have married together perfectly, as the DBF always do a few Northern Irish-based events as part of the programme through Libraries NI and we agreed to do a MM event in Portstewart. It’s a closed event in that a school class has already been invited to come along and Libraries NI have bought in copies of MM for the pupils to read ahead of November 10, but hopefully there’ll be the opportunity to do more events with Libraries NI in the future.

eventIn the meantime, I’m looking forward to hearing what the pupils thought of the book (!) and maybe even getting some inspiration from them for book two…

It’s great to be included in the DBF, especially as an independent author, and MM will also be made available in Dublin itself where the rest of the events are taking place, so it will be rubbing shoulders with lots of more established and traditionally published authors, which is just lovely.

Book feedback


Chuffed to see MM alongside these books on the DBF prog.

Aside from that news… I also received some really positive feedback from the judging panel of Ulster University’s McCrea Literary Award since I last posted. As a UU graduate I was eligible to enter the award and I duly sent in MM. Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but the feedback was just as valuable to me and really made my day. (See below).

[Review credit: Ulster University’s McCrea Literary Award Panel.]

“Savage’s novel for young people is imaginative, professional and engaging. With interesting characters and vividly-realised, ethereal locations it will enchant many literate children and may well become something of a massive seller. It is like a readable version of Inkheart.”

“Children’s novel for readers aged circa 9-12. Highly imaginative, there is a wide range of characters / creatures. The main character, Felicity Stone, is strong: providing ‘female agency’ and a character with whom child readers could identify. That’s a strong and positive aspect of the novel, one which a child reviewer has picked up on (reviewed online).”

“Savage’s Magical Masquerade conforms to the conventions of children’s fantasy literature … the central female character is distinct and well drawn, and provides a strong role model for young female readers. The special world created here is convincingly realized, from setting and atmosphere through to the range of secondary characters.”


Author InterviewsRainey mag

Earlier in the year, my old grammar school, Rainey Endowed School, agreed to include a piece on my career since leaving school, which of course, includes the book! It was published at the end of August but I forgot they had an online version, so I’ve included the link to that here as well. 🙂

The Honest Ulsterman also interviewed me this month, which you can read here: http://humag.co/features/claire-savage There’s loads of great stuff in this and past editions, so if you have some time to spare…

Other stuff…

In terms of my writing, I scribbled bits of a short story this month and have been pondering MM book two. I think I need a title (which I still haven’t come up with) to really focus me on this. It would just help to centre things a bit I think, so I’m distracting myself with that to see if I can pin something down…

More as I have it!




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Literary lives

A little while ago, I mentioned a new literary journal from Northern Ireland which was planning to launch online in June and aimed to champion the short story. Well, it is June 1 today and I am pleased to say that after a lot of hard work from The Incubator team, the first journal has gone live.

incubatorFeaturing a mixture of reviews, short stories, flash fiction and memoir, issue one can be read here, and is crammed full of eclectic writing – all of which derives from Ireland – north and south. It is now open for submissions for the September issue (being a quarterly publication), but is, I should point out, only accepting work from those living in, or originally from, Northern or Southern Ireland. Let this not put you off however – there are many journals which accept work from worldwide submitters, so ample opportunity to submit elsewhere – just enjoy reading some of the new writing originating from Ireland in this great new resource.

Ireland, it should be said, has myriad writing journals, but Northern Ireland has, in recent years, been lacking such outlets for contemporary writing. What with The Incubator, however, and the recently re-launched Honest Ulsterman – now on its second online edition and featuring features, poetry, prose and more – the north is cultivating a new era for local writers, and it is exciting.

I am delighted to be involved with both of these publications – with a book review and short story published in The Incubator and a feature article in The Honest Ulsterman. The former is a fresh new journal exhibiting work four times a year on a variety of themes (memoir, one-scene plays, essays, poetry), but with short stories at its core, whilst the latter is a

Honest Ulsterman, issue two, is now online

Honest Ulsterman, issue two, is now online

well-established publication which once bore the names of Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon and Ciaran Carson…. (I could go on), featuring poets, critics and prose writers. Both, however, aspire to provide a platform for writers to showcase their work – to share their writing with new audiences, with global internet audiences, and to hone their craft in an encouraging literary environment.

Hopefully, readers will be inspired by the writing, writers will be boosted by their feedback and the life of these two literary delights will flourish for many years to come…

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