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

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 [The special edition edition is now withdrawn in ebook format but I do still have a few hardbacks editions of this gift-book left].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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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 lectures at the Yeats International Summer School, learning lots, making new friends and, next Monday, launching my special edition book Secret Rose at Yeats House. The summer school runs alongside the “Tread Softly” festival, a two-week extravaganza of all things Yeatsian. Highlights for me, will be: Workwise: My…

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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 “wild, red-headed Irish poet” (Jerome Reilly) the “woman who dumped Aleister Crowley” (Simon Jester) For me she was a fascinating and tragic woman (one of many such in Yeats’s circle), whose life was defined by art, the occult and the sort of self-destructive sexual behaviour and choice of men —…

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Secret Rose Press Release

 “WB Yeats Was An Indie Author” says Orna Ross, Irish Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, launching her new book which combines Yeats’ short story collection with her novel in a special tribute edition for #Yeats2015. 15.7.2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Irish Launch: At the Yeats International Summer School, Yeats House, Sligo (Aug 3 2015, 5pm) & UK Launch: At The London Irish Centre, Camden, London  (Aug 20 2015, 8pm)   Leading Irish self-publisher and Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Orna Ross, will launch Secret Rose, a unique two-in-one book tribute for #Yeats2015 in Sligo and London this August….

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My Yeats Day 2015

  On Yeats day 2015,  I travelled to Dublin to collect a first edition copy of WB Yeat’s short story collection, The Secret Rose, from the lovely Tanya Collie of Broadford books. This first edition was purchased by a Mr Danny O’Sullivan as part of my crowdfunder project, that allowed me to produce a special book for #Yeats2015, the 150th anniversary of his birth. I wanted to put his stories together with my novel Her Secret Rose, that tells the story behind the writing of the stories. And produce it in a special replica edition of tthe 1897 edition. Thanks to Mr O’Sullivan and other Yeats…

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WB Yeats Was An Indie Author

  “I am what is called on the Internet a “superfan,” of WB Yeats and one of the things I most love and admire about this poet and teller of tales is the care he took with his books, not just in their writing —- he was an avid reviser and improver -—but in their design and presentation. And in how he represented his own ideas and intentions to potential readers through pro- motional efforts and reviews. All this, by definition of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), makes him an “indie author”: a writer who takes control, who acts…

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Shhh! Author Under Edit Siege

Apologies for radio silence around here. I’m deep in the edits and proofreading of Secret Rose, with the fabulous Rodgers and Rodgers, mother and daughter, Joni and Jerusha. It’s my first time to work with them and it’s been amazing. We have a crazy deadline and I’m not supposed to be here… so don’t tell them! Just dropped by to let you know we’ll be back to normal transmission next week. And in the meantime… … if you want to preorder the book, it’s now available on Amazon, Apple and all other good online outlets.  Buy now and receive a copy…

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Thank You Thank You! PLUS A Little Raffle for Hardcore WB Yeats Fans

Thank you to all who supported my Crowdfunder. With your help, I made it! 103% funded as I write, on the last day, with funds still coming in. I’m overwhelmed and so very grateful for your support — and now really looking forward to making this very special book. THANK YOU! AND: As I’m finding myself with a little extra money in hand, I’d like to give some back. All those who entered the crowdfunder will now receive a copy of special print book. And if I can make a tiny bit more, I’ll have enough to also sponsor somebody to…

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In Need of Creative Mentoring?

 Stuck in a creative rut? Confused about where to start? Spinning that hamster wheel and not going anywhere? Or caught in resistance (or even self-sabotage) mode? Those who know me for my creative mentoring work know that I have a long waiting list and places come up rarely. My slate is full with people who are dedicated and determined, and I’m all theirs until they decide they’re ready to go it alone. But…. For my current crowdfunding project – Secret Rose – I am offering followers and fans the chance to jump the waiting list and enjoy either a single “How To Create Anything” session, or a package of…

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My Creativist Hero: Lady Gregory’s Persistence and Passion by Phil Mason

Creativist heroes are people who inspire us by taking a consciously creative attitude to their lives. This will be a regular series on the blog going forward. If you have a “hero” you’d like to tell the world about, drop me an email explaining exactly how they lived their life from creativist principles, in a way that has inspired your own choices. Last week, I received an invitation from long time supporter of this blog, Phil Mason, to attend the rehearsed reading of her play Lady Gregory at Pentameters Theatre. As I’m also writing about dear old Lady G, as part of my novel about WB Yeats…

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