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Creative Writing: Behind the books

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

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 [The special edition edition is now withdrawn in ebook format but I do still have a few hardbacks editions of this gift-book left].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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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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Creative Writing: Behind the books, WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne… and me.

Now that the Go Creative! Books are at the editing and formatting phase, I’m back writing fiction again – specifically the books based on the extraordinary triangle at the heart of the  love life of the Irish poet WB Yeats. When I was 13 or 14 I was introduced, as all Irish schoolchildren are, to this poet who towers, literally and figuratively, over Irish writing. The poems we studied at that stage were the early ones,”The Lake Isle Of Inishfree” [see below for copies of all the poems mentioned in this article] and “The Stolen Child”; and “He Wishes For…

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Creative Writing: Behind the books, San Francisco

Only in San Francisco

I’m awake in the middle of the San Francisco night, maybe because my body’s still on London time, maybe because the moon is shining in the window. No matter. As always, I’m over-the-moon delighted to be here.   My relationship with this city began before I ever came here, with TV images and information leaking across the Atlantic from America to Ireland: The peace and love, long hair and free spirits of the hippie movement were a flow of fresh air to a child growing up in the caustic silence of late 1960s rural Ireland. San Francisco’s role as the epicenter…

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