News

IMG_1429

West Cork Literature Festival, 2018

I first attended the West Cork Literature Festival back in 2009 – appearing on a panel on ‘How To Get Published.’  I’ve been back every year since, in various roles, such as teacher, (In 2010, of…

Read more

IMG_4018

Writers for Repeal

It’s been quite a week in Ireland. After a sometimes divisive campaign, we voted, overwhelmingly to repeal the eighth, and put an end to years of sadness for Irish women, forced to leave their country to…

Read more

images

Residency at Cill Rialaig

Many thanks to the Irish Writer’s Centre and the Arts Council for choosing me as one of the seven writers to have a 10 day residency at Cill Rialaig in wildest Kerry in November. I gather…

Read more

IMG_1241

Wexford Literary Festival

Many thanks to author Carmel Harrington (pictured,) for inviting me to take part in the Reader’s Day at the Wexford Literary Festival this year.  I talked about ghostwriting to an amazingly receptive audience, who showed enormous…

Read more

an act of love PBB final front cover

Ghostwriting Masterclass in Wexford

Have you ever wondered how ghost-writing works? Do you have a story to tell, but feel that you need some help to write it? Are you a writer who would like to collaborate with someone, and…

Read more

Feature Writing at The Irish Writer’s Centre.

For anyone who wants to break into journalism, I’m giving a six week course in Feature Writing at the Irish Writers Centre. We’ll be talking about how to get ideas, how to pitch etc, but concentrating…

Read more

image

Zadie Smith and Nick Laird in Bantry

I’m just back from my eighth visit to the West Cork Literary Festival; and it was one of the best ever. Zadie Smith and Nick Laird were amazing interviewees on Saturday night. Nick had the audience…

Read more

image

Emma Donoghue gets Oscar Nomination

It’s great to see Ireland celebrate Emma Donoghue; who has been nominated for an Oscar for the Screenplay adaptation of her novel, ‘Room.’  f Certain sections of the media were once less than supportive, as my…

Read more

gerry

The Death of Father Gerry Reynolds.

I was saddened to hear of the death, yesterday, of the great peacemaker, Father Gerry Reynolds. I interviewed him for Reality magazine back in 2009. This article, below, has been quoted, in the BBC amongst other…

Read more

image

Event with Cecelia Ahern

It’s always a pleasure to meet Cecelia Ahern. From the time we first met, after the publication of Ps I Love You, through various other interviews and book events over the years, I have always adored…

Read more

image

Book Launch. Alan Walsh

I love book launches.  They’re a great way to celebrate books, meet friends, and chat with like minded people. Then there’s the wine…. We had a memorable  night on 5th November, when I did the honours…

Read more

an act of love PBB final front cover

Ghostwriting Workshops at Dalkey Creates

Have you always wanted to write a book? Do you want to write your memoir, or tell someone else’s story? Then come along to the Dalkey Creates Festival on 17th and 18th October, where I’ll be…

Read more

Page 1 of 212