About me

November 2019

Hello reader, and welcome to my website.

I am a writer, singer-songwriter and blogger from Dublin, Ireland. The interests across the top of the page probably tell you a lot about my work and what I enjoy, so thank you for stopping by here to find out more.

Writing

I have been creating characters and stories and committing them to copybooks, journals and pieces of paper since I was a child. In 2018, after many years working towards it, I finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of writing full-time.

In October 2019, I stepped out of my writing room to read one of my short stories at Takin’ the Mic, an Irish Writers Centre event that took place as part of the Red Line Book Festival. You can both listen to and read that story, A Lesson in Grief, here.

In November 2019, my short story, Island Bound, was published in Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words. The piece was written in one hour, and was a specific response to a chosen artwork.

I have also added various opinion pieces and other little works of fiction to this site over the years, including some poems which were selected to feature in the Dublin Poetry Map as part of Poetry Day Ireland.

I continue to work on various projects which I look forward to seeing leaving my writing room, and making their way out into the world.

Music

Music is one of my lifelong and strongest passions. I have performed solo for many years as a singer-songwriter, and have been both the lead singer and a backing vocalist with various bands, including two rockabilly outfits. Music has given me innumerable unforgettable moments in my life, including performing in the Bluebird Café, and on Music Row, in Nashville, Tennessee. My gigs in 2019 have included supporting Brew of Blue Sun in the Workman’s Club, Dublin, performing as the featured artist at the Staccato Literary Salon in Toner’s Pub, Baggot StreeEmma_Hynest, and supporting Native Harrow at The Underground, Dame Street, Dublin.

I will be begining January 2020 by going into the studio to record, and look forward to sharing the results with you in the New Year. I will also have the great pleasure of supporting HAIL THE GHOST in Whelan’s on the 31st of that month. In the meantime, you can find out more about my music and hear some demos here.

In addition to playing and performing, I also write about it, and I was delighted that my piece about Record Store Day came to be picked as a feature item on Golden Plec.

Blogging

Emma Hynes graduates from DCU with an MA in Film and Television Studies March 2015

I started populating this website in October 2013, when I entered the second year of an MA in Film and Television Studies with Dublin City University. It was three years after I’d completed my BA (Hons) in Film, Literature and Drama at Dublin Business School, and I thought it would be a good way to get writing about the subjects I was passionate about.

I started with Coronation Street, and by the end of the month was writing for the wonderful Coronation Street Blog with which I have had some invaluable and unforgettable experiences. While there are too many to mention individually here, they have included interviewing the cast and producers, attending exclusive previews, treading both the old and new sets, representing the blog at the UK Blog Awards in London, presenting my research on the show at Regent’s University, London, being interviewed on BBC radio about the programme, and having my work publiEmma Hynes on Coronation Streetshed in Coronation Street Blog: The Book. In fact, a particularly magical moment was finding my writing on the shelves in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery in Manchester. It was also very fitting that this was on a trip to visit an exhibition dedicated to Corrie’s creator, Tony Warren. You’ll find this site filled with reviews, experiences, interviews, and opinions regarding the programme, so if you love it as much as I do, I hope you enjoy exploring them.

I also found experience – and pleasure, because that’s what it’s all about – writing for Film Ireland, and it was a thrill to find my review of the documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets feature on the film’s dedicated site.

In 2016, I was shortlisted for the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. It remains the only year I’ve entered. While I was proud of this achievement, I felt the need to step back and think about what my site was about, and why I set it up in the first place. The answer is, to simply write about things I love, and that includes the actual act of writing itself, as for me, it is one of the greatest joys in this life. If what I do is enjoyed by others, then that is reward indeed.

Finally, thank you for taking the time to visit my site. Be it through my writing or music, I hope you find a little something that resonates with you.

If you would like to be notified of new posts as they go live, you can subscribe to receive them by email by clicking ‘follow’ in the menu to the right of this post. You can also follow me on social media. The links to all my profiles are below.

Emma

Twitter: @ELHynes
Instagram: emmalouhynes
Facebook: EmmaHynesWrites

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