Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition Now Open For Entries

Originally posted on Short Story Ireland:
Well, here is a great short story competition with a prize and a half: The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is now open for entries until July 31st.  The annual competition, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre, is accepting entries (3,000 words or fewer) from around the world.…

#TimeToTalk Green Ribbon Day – Talk About Mental Health

I have been following the @GreenRibbonIRL account on Twitter and reading about the conversations being started about mental health. Wearing the Green Ribbon, or blogging about the event,  indicates a willingness to start and continue this ongoing conversation. I’m nearly finished my part of a novel that concerns itself greatly with mental health (WWI combatContinue reading “#TimeToTalk Green Ribbon Day – Talk About Mental Health”

On Passing the New Menin Gate – More World War I Reflections

  Who will remember, passing through this Gate, the unheroic dead who fed the guns? Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate,- Those doomed, conscripted, unvictorious ones? Crudely renewed, the Salient holds its own. Paid are its dim defenders by this pomp; Paid, with a pile of peace-complacent stone, The armies who endured thatContinue reading “On Passing the New Menin Gate – More World War I Reflections”

Stigma and “Cowardice” in World War I and Some Thoughts

Today is Easter, the festival of renewal and hope. The story of the crucifixion and redemption is a powerful one. I hope everyone who celebrates has a good day. I’m continuing to work through the novel, and will be blogging more about some of the historical events that inspired it over the coming months. Editing theContinue reading “Stigma and “Cowardice” in World War I and Some Thoughts”

Update on Womentoring and Novel Progress

Since the launch of Womentoring on Tuesday, I’ve received an application – thank you! I will leave applications open for the next few days and then when that’s done I will start getting in contact. Thanks to everyone who has applied or is thinking of applying! Edits continue apace and we continue to tame theContinue reading “Update on Womentoring and Novel Progress”

Womentoring Project Launch Blog Splash!

I have the pleasure of taking part in Kerry Hudson’s wonderful Womentoring project. I’ve volunteered my services as a mentor, which means I will provide feedback and assistance to your writing – so if you’re a woman and you’re interested in assistance from me, my Womentoring profile info is here. Guidelines to apply (taken directly fromContinue reading “Womentoring Project Launch Blog Splash!”