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That Herculean effort to get the ‘garden’ all pristine and chic for #Summer, as it will be the location of my summer holidays for the most part, had me right ...continue reading
A Breton Weekend
It was too good to be true, I was sent on a trip to Brittany to write about a food festival and a yacht race at the end of June. ...continue reading
Doing What Comes Naturally. Dorris Lessing knows.
In the cool of the evening I finish off Doris Lessing’s book ” The Sweetest Dream” . The ending blows me away. She wrote this book in 2001, and I, ...continue reading
Druids and Dail Debates
I drove back to Dublin from the midlands on Wednesday thinking I’d never been as hot at mid-day in Italy. Having *filed my copy* to the Indo (so love saying ...continue reading
Get those pesky ancestors off my back
It’s true what those gazillionaire writers like Stephen King and Jeffrey Archer say, you MUST write every day. It’s almost two weeks since I’ve written about Dublinlandlady and I’m already ...continue reading
Godhead: The Trailer Revealed
I resisted it for so long. Despite my claims to multimedia-ness, I’m a traditionalist at heart. Why would I use a video to promote the written word: that’s just crazy! ...continue reading
Crannóg magazine – issue 33 just published
Issue 33 of Crannóg literary magazine has just been published. It contains short stories and poems from 45 writers from Ireland and abroad. Crannóg has been running for eleven years ...continue reading
Potent Wizards Writing From Our Senses – a one-day workshop of creative writing
Spend a sensory-infused day exploring the five senses & creating new pieces of writing with Shirely McClure, Winner of Cork Literary Review’s Manuscript Competition 2009, runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh ...continue reading
How far would you go to research a scene for your story?
I find myself in a cell in a Garda station. The noise of that heavy door clanging closed with the follow on sounds of the upper and lower bolts is ...continue reading