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Posts In This category Are About My Research Process And The People & Places That Inspired The Books

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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Talking About “Her Secret Rose” at the Triskele Literary Festival

Just out: Footage of the Historical Fiction panel at The Triskele Literary Festival in London, back in September. Together with Radhika Swarup, JD Smith and Alison Morton, I was interviewed about the joys of writing historical fiction. Between us, we covered 3rd Century Syria (Jane) to late 19th Century Ireland (me), from the Partition of India (Radhika) to the Roman Empire re-imagined in the 1960s (Alison), all interviewed by literary novelist, Jane Davis. I spoke about writing Her Secret Rose, a behind-the-myth look at the relationship between the poet WB Yeats and his muse, the Irish revolutionary, Maud Gonne. This…

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Creative Publishing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

What Winning the Carousel-Aware Prize For Independent Fiction Means To Me

On October 25th, which also happens to be the night the Man-Booker prize winner was announced this year, I won my own first prize as a novelist. It’s not likely that you’ll have heard of that award, for three reasons. It’s an Irish prize, this is its first year in existence, and it’s a prize for independent author-publishing. So minority, all the way. But the award ceremony was packed, delivered to the room full of fervent book-lovers you see above. And I couldn’t have been happier about it, had it been the Man-Booker itself. And when, next day, I received a beautiful…

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“Her Secret Rose” Shortlisted in The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors

Rather thrilled have been shortlisted for Best Novel in the CAP AWARDS-2016, along with: Thomas Paul Burgess for White Church, Black Mountain James Lawless for American Doll Pam Lecky for The Bowes Inheritance Neil Rochford for The Blue Ridge Project. The prize was set up by the wonderful writer, facilitator and all round creativist, Carolann Copland of Carousel Creates, whom I first met when she took one of my creative writing courses in Dublin, many moons ago. This latest creation of hers will be a boon to the indie community and to Irish people suffering from depression. Read More: CAP…

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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Website Upgrade Continues

The work is continuing in the background, building the Creativist Club for all those who are interested in learning more about how to apply the creative process to everything in life: money, friends, work, home. With the aid of the wonderful Pixbee Design, the Club will launch in September and the first fifty people to register will get free lifetime admission. I’ll be sending an email to subscribers as soon as it’s ready to rock,  so if you’d like to be part of it, sign up here to know when the starting gun has been fired. I also wanted to…

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WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love

“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious female voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “Fuck off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against Irish groveling to the Roman Catholic  church in Fanatic Heart, a documentary about the life and work of Ireland’s great poet (and subject of my most recent novel): William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that the poet and  literary statesman brought about revolutionary change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. Instead of guns, his modus operandi was a poetic national vision, betrayed by the Roman Catholic nation-state that emerged after Irish independence. So it was not…

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WB Yeats & Maud Gonne: The Greatest Love Story That Never Was?

Out today, in ebook: the first book of my WB Yeats – Maud Gonne trilogy in standalone edition. [The special edition edition is now withdrawn in ebook format but I do still have a few hardbacks editions of this gift-book left]. To buy the e-book in your favorite format, go here      

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San Francisco Writers Conference February 2016

As you know, there’s nothing I love more than a good writer’s conference, and no city I love more than San Francisco — so I’m doubly excited to be prepping for the 13th Annual San Francisco Writer’s Conference next month. The “city that can” is one of the settings in my four-generation historical murder mystery, After The Rising and Before the Fall, chosen for the sexual and social liberation it brings to the main character, Jo Devereux, who emigrates there in the 1980s. (The rest of the book is set in rural Ireland and you can buy the new two-books-in-one edition below.) While there, I’ll be…

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Creative Publishing: Behind the books, WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Launching Secret Rose in Ireland: 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 dream of writing this book, where it came from, what it took to do it… and why (the subject of another post soon). I’ll sign each book with: “It takes a great reader to make a great book. Thank you for reading.” Yeats is easy to read…

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