The Ada Lovelace Initiative

Today I addressed a room full of people about my work – and it was nothing to do with writing!

I was at a school in Ballsbridge giving a talk on my IT career to fifth-year students as part of the Ada Lovelace Initiative which is a grassroots movement to encourage more women to get involved in STEM – an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. In my case the class was mixed, so the students were thankfully spared any attempt at an Emmeline Pankhurst style monologue exhorting women to head for the barricades – which is fine, since I have limited time for her anyway.

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Update – Other Writers’ Group today

I’ve had the pleasure of reading at an open mic event at Spoken Word Paris in September 2013. During that wonderful, balmy summer I signed the publication agreement for White Feathers in the Les Editeurs cafe in Odeon, just the day after I gave that reading in a hot, packed basement of a bar near Place de la Republique. I’ve also taken part in their workshop, which usually takes place in Shakespeare & Co bookshop.

It’s typical of the gutsiness of the Spoken Word Paris community that they are continuing the writing workshop today in their beautiful city. I hope it provides a space for expression and healing. For those who would like to take part in Bruce’s workshops or perform a reading at their open mics, now would be an excellent time. Bon courage!

SpokenWord Paris

Update to time & place.

Other Writers’ Group today 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Meet in front of Shakespeare & Co.

We’re still going to have a writer’s workshop for anyone who needs to come together, talk or reach out in a time of hardship.
Shakespeare & Co have closed for the day. So w
e’ll meet in front of the shop at the normal time 6.30pm and go from there. 37 rue de la Bucherie opposite Notre Dame.

Contact (if you can’t find us): David 06 26 90 13 26

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A poem for Remembrance Sunday, by Sarah Clancy

The Bogman’s Cannon

anti-war

As I Walked Out A Bit Too Late.

(after Francis Ledwidge and Laurie Lee on Remembrance Sunday)
As I set out this morning just before noon
the sky held eye contact one blue second too long
but like Laurie Lee I set off too late,
I left when Guernica had already fallen.
I’ve known since birth and before that during winter,
and wartime we mustn’t squander anything,
especially the few bright hours the season gives us
and that on Remembrance Sunday
we should offer all things up.

But today I woke too late for weather forecasts
and I was born too late for greatness
and now the slant rain has caught me miles out
and ill-equipped when I should have known better,
when I can’t remember why I came.,
And there’s no ‘great’ war nor will be,
there are only the lonely verses overhead wires speak
to no one in…

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Oddball Narrators: Brief Thoughts

oddball narrators caitriona lally

A week ago, I read an interesting article about oddball protagonists by Caitriona Lally, author of the recent, highly-praised novel Eggshells. I liked the article, and was particularly glad to see mentions of Kevin Curran’s Beatsploitation and Daniel Seery’s A Model Partner.

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Oddball Narrators: Brief Thoughts