It is impossible to be Irish and to have any interest in the arts and not talk about Seamus Heaney, who has died today aged 74.
Ooooh I’m so excited! Remember the short story competition I blogged earlier about wanting to set up? Well I’ve gone and done most of the preparatory work and sent an application off to fundit.ie so that I can fundraise for prize money. I’m still waiting on them to write back and say, “Yes, we believe youContinue reading “Walking On Thin Ice Short Story Contest”
Back in the day, I wrote a story called “Dead Money” which won second prize in the Global Short Stories competition in April 2009 and earned me the princely sum of £25 sterling. (I was unemployed at the time. It was the only income I received that year not from the government.) I had aContinue reading “My Story “Dead Money””
Ten years ago, I left my job in Galway and became a student of the inaugural MA in Writing programme headed by Adrian Frazier in NUI Galway. I have very fond memories of that time, and of the encouragement given to me by Adrian and by my tutors such as Mike McCormack and Louis deContinue reading “Watching My Hands At Work: Festschrift for Adrian Frazier”
The people organising the Bath Short Story Award are having quite a bit of fun tweeting teasers about the content of their longlist, due up Saturday. Rachael Dunlop blogged about her opinion of longlists here – she is not impressed in general, though finds the Bath tweets entertaining – and Tracey Upchurch is also quite amused. Got meContinue reading “Longlists and Shortlists”
that all has been signed and I am now represented by Svetlana Pironko of the Authors Rights Agency. I am very much looking forward to working with her.