I follow Listowel Writers Week. It is a very popular annual literary event in Ireland that attracts international attention and very good prizes. There has been some tension between the voluntary body and the Arts Council which has resulted in a new curator coming on board. That isn’t what I wish to highlight, though. OneContinue reading “PSA: Listowel Writers Week Competitions – Avoid For Now”
“I have looked the possibility of my own extinction in the eye” poet Kevin Higgins wrote recently. That possibility sadly, yesterday, became a fact. Kevin, a firebrand, an ally, someone unafraid to ruffle feathers, passed away after a long illness and confinement in hospital.
Image: British West India Regiment troops in France, 1916. Photograph copyright Imperial War Museum Today in 1918, Black infantrymen and NCOs in the British West India Regiment mutinied against their white commanding officers. These were men who had enlisted for the First World War – the war effort was a popular cause among all racesContinue reading ““I Thought There was Honour in Battle – I Was Wrong” – Reginald’s Story”
I’m very pleased to say that Spotify users can now listen to Unfortunate Stars for the very reasonable sum of 3.49 euro. There’s cups of coffee costing more than that. Listen on Spotify here View Blog Tour Reviews here
Last night I had a dream where a very long-time-ago boyfriend appeared to occupy my life and home. Not only that, he was inviting his long-time ex-girlfriend, whom he had idolised at length in front of me, to come to the house as well. In the dream, I said to him, “I don’t want herContinue reading ““I Want You To Leave My House””
Between August 15 and 25, I had an audiobook blog tour organised by Kelly Lacey from Love Books Tours. This idea was inspired by the earlier review of Unfortunate Stars on Audiobookish podcast – huge thanks again to Fahed Rahman for featuring it on the pod – he and Poppy provided such an inspiring andContinue reading “Unfortunate Stars – Blog Tour”
I have just learned of the passing of Michael O’Brien, founder and director of O’Brien Press, who was a cheerleader for White Feathers from the very start, ever since the Novel Fair in 2013. He was also married to my wonderful then-agent, Svetlana Pironko (you should have seen the back-and-forth on that publishing agreement :))Continue reading “Michael O’Brien”
If you are reading this post and are a fan of great books written by women, Irish and otherwise, could you please hit the subscribe button for the Chick Lit 4 Life podcast, hosted by the wonderful LC Lewis? LC founded this podcast a few years and without any external support, grants from the ArtsContinue reading “Could You All Do Me a Favour?”
Hello folks, my long-time friends Fiction at the Friary along with Cork City Libraries are running an event called Lost Launches at St Peter’s Arts Centre, North Main Street, Cork at 3pm tomorrow 24 April. I’ll be present with several other authors who launched during the pandemic and an actor will read out excerpts fromContinue reading “Lost Launches – featuring Lucia’s War”
I believe in signs from God. And I think recently I’m getting some.