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Christmas gift certificates for creative writing courses available!
We’re delighted to announce that gift certificates for our creative writing courses at the Big Smoke Writing Factory are available to order and (as delivered via email) will be with ...continue reading
Zimbabwe by Caron Moran
It’s strange, for years I have worked hard on disconnecting my self from my place of birth, called a ‘root’. To quote the Duke of Wellington, ‘just because one is ...continue reading
Words are thoughts with their clothes on!
A couple moved into an old house and – so far, so original – began to notice that there seemed to be something unseen dashing about their living room every ...continue reading
Poem: Love is never going back to yesterday
As a student in 1969, I was full of the exciting possibilities of life ahead. I could not know then that the troubles that started in Northern Ireland would be ...continue reading
Confidence is…by Robert Mclysaght
Confidence is not a dirty word or something to be feared, it should be rejoiced and hailed as an all conquering hero. Now I’m not talking about being crass or ...continue reading
The Book is Dead Long Live The Book
Convenient technology is everywhere so why do we so often revert to the most basic tech? One reason that I think is that sometimes convenient technology isn’t all that convenient ...continue reading
The Curse of Silence
Normally I can’t shut my brain up, it constantly chatters,spitting out ideas at the most inconvenient times, many times I find myself searching for a pen, pencil, crayon anything that ...continue reading
New creative writing workshops starting in November in Dublin
Based at 89 Harcourt Street in Dublin city centre, the Big Smoke Writing Factory offers a wide range of creative writing courses for beginners and beyond. This November we have ...continue reading
Harp Club and Cauldron (EEL and OTTER press) – new project
Delighted to be asked to contribute to the forthcoming curated anthology of knowledge and writing on the Dagda, Ireland’s great masculine deity, in a new publication Harp Club and Cauldron ...continue reading
Maguire’s Hardware & Grocery: Short Story Published
I’m delighted to have had “Maguire’s Hardware & Grocery” published by The First Line. http://www.0s-1s.com/new-magazines-ii/the-first-line-19-3 www.thefirstline.com