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Cork’s One City One Book.

I’m thrilled , and honoured to have been asked to Launch Cork’s One City One Book for 2021. Now in it’s 6th Year, this is a fabulous initiative, which encourages book loving Corkonians to read and…

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Book Launch with Danielle McLaughlin

On February 4th, I was delighted to chat to Danielle McLaughlin, on a webinar, organized by The West Cork Literary Festival to launch her much anticipated debut novel, the Art of Falling. For details click here

Twelve Things I learned at the 2019 West Cork Literary Festival.

With the 2020 festival cancelled, I’m wishing I was in Bantry, and am remembering last year. Roll on July 2021! HERE ARE THE 12 THINGS I LEARNED:  1. John Boyne auditioned for Boyzone – and only…

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Eulogy for Joy Almond. 3rd February 1922 – 16th May 2020

Joy was born in 1922 in Newcastle to Charles and Gladys Forster, a much wanted fourth child and first daughter. After a rich, if somewhat lonely childhood, spent between Wiltshire and her beloved Bamburgh, she left…

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Margaret Daly. A Tribute

The first rule of author interviewing, is don’t, ever, be late. Especially if the writer has flown in and has a packed-out schedule for the day. But once, when I was due to meet the duo…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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