Launching Secret Rose: Daring To Dream, Daring To Do

Launching Secret Rose: Daring To Dream, Daring To Do

In a few hours time, I’ll launch Secret Rose, my special edition two-in-one book tribute to WB Yeats. I’ll write soon about how it went and what I said… (I never know all in advance, so much depends on the group and the energy in the room). What I do know: I’ll be talking about the […]

What’s Happening in Indie Publishing This Week

What’s Happening in Indie Publishing This Week

If you’re an indie writer, discover what’s happening in self-publishing with my partners and friends at the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and where you can check out the most up-to-date author-publishing news on the  self-publishing news round-up every Friday, or click here for this week’s update which includes details and links to the latest free tutorials, tips to […]

In Sligo for the Yeats International Summer School

In Sligo for the Yeats International Summer School

I’ve gone back to school! I’m writing this from the back  of an unusual lecture hall — the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, after a very fine lecture, “The Epiphanic Yeats” by Dr Matthew Campbell, Professor of English at the University of York. Epiphanic talk, Matt, thank you! Yes, I’m here in Sligo, Ireland, attending various […]

Althea Gyles: Designer of The Secret Rose

Althea Gyles: Designer of The Secret Rose

Althea Gyles, the artist and writer who designed the cover of WB Yeats’s The Secret Rose (which I have reproduced on my special edition book), and many other masterpieces of the 1890s, has been variously described: the “genius who invented a symbolic personality for Yeats” (Warwick Gould) the “fey and slightly manic Irish artist” (Roy Foster) […]

The Creative Breath: Part 1

When you were born, the first thing your mother or midwife did was clear your airways and make sure you were breathing. To begin to live, you have to breathe. To stay alive,  you have to keep breathing. When begin to creatively live, and to stay creatively alive, it helps to understand and practice creative breathing. Breathing and […]