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Creative Writing: Excerpts

Posts In This Category Are Excerpts From My Books

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Maud and Iseult Gonne are living in Normandy, taking refuge from the war in Paris, when they hear that John MacBride, Maud’s husband, has been executed. This leaves Maud frantic to get back to Ireland. She dispatches Iseult to London, to fetch their friend, the poet Willie Yeats.

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Maud Gonne hears of John MacBride’s Execution

The story has shifted to 1916. Maud and Iseult are living in Normandy, as the first world war wages and in Dublin, Irish freedom fighters have organized a botched insurrection. Many of their Irish friends and acquaintances were involved. This extract describes what happens when Maud Gonne hears of John MacBride’s Execution for his part.

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If you read this speech at the start of a novel, would you read on?

It’s Friday Fiction here on the blog, so I’ll be blogging Dancing in the Wind, Book Two in the Yeats-Gonne Trilogy here with weekly extracts in the Friday Fiction slot.

I’m thinking of opening Dancing With The Wind with one of Maud Gonne’s fiery political speeches.

Question: Would you read on if this was what you found in the first pages of a book?

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