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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Posts In This category Are About The Irish Poet WB Yeats, His Muse The Irish Revolutionary, Maud Gonne and Her Daughter Iseult Gonne

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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Friday Fiction: How To Self-Edit Book 1 of A Trilogy While Planning Book 2

Writing a trilogy is a massive undertaking and I’m at work on Book 2 of my Yeats trilogy, Dancing in the Wind (while continuing the incubation work on the final novel of my Irish trilogy, In the Hour.) That’s the fiction fun around here at the moment. So how do you self-edit the first book of a trilogy in a way that helps to plan out the second and third? Here’s how I handle it. A. Tell yourself what happens as a three-part story, using two sentences for each book. In the case of my Yeats trilogy it’s as follows:…

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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

WB Yeats Was An Indie Author: The Publishing History of The Secret Rose

Independent (“indie”) authors, as defined by the Alliance of Independent Authors, are writers who also publish. An indie takes on the role of creative director, not just for their books but also for their writing career. By any of these measures, WB Yeats was an indie author. He was very hands-on in the publication of his work from the start, working closely with his friend and sister occultist, Althea Gyles, on the design for the his books All of these have a crucified rose on the cover, the “rosy cross” of Rosicrucianism, reflecting the  extensive rose symbolism in the poetry. Later, he helped his sister found Dun Emer press, later…

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Friday Fiction: Sneak Peek of my Forthcoming Novel: Dancing In The Wind

Excerpt from: Dancing In the Wind: Chapter 3 The story so far: Having rejected, and been rejected by, the poet WB Yeats, Maud Gonne has decided to marry another. In this extract, she breaks the news to her daughter Iseult, whom she has placed in a convent so she can work on her Irish political activist projects. The story is narrated by Rosie Cross, an Irish working woman with various links to the Gonnes. Now Read On: ~~~ Soeur Therese is a simple Auvergnat, seven years older than Iseult, and not much taller. The poor girl has a trio of…

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Creative Writing: Creative Business, WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

First Scene from My First Film Script

As you know, I’ve been writing a film script for a while, Dancing In The Wind, based on the strange love triangle between based on the true story of the love triangle between the illustrious Irish poet, WB (WILLIE) YEATS, his longtime inamorata and muse MAUD GONNE, and Maud’s “illegitimate” daughter ISEULT, whom Yeats also loved, and to whom he also proposed marriage. This story is also the topic of the second book in my Yeats Trilogy. Set between 1916 and 1918 in Normandy and London, this story of a mother obsessed with national freedom and a daughter looking for love…

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Her Secret Rose Inspires Tattoo

That’s a picture of Lovely Son, above and yes! that is a tattoo of the Secret Rose symbol on his chest. This symbol, inspired by the Western magic tradition, was the work of Althea Gyles, a nineteenth-century Irish artist, illustrator, designer and mage. And friend to the poet, WB Yeats. They were both part of the same esoteric circles in Dublin and London, members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Theosophical Society. Althea’s Art Yeats described Gyles’s art as being ‘full of [the sort of] abundant and passionate life which brought to mind Blake’s cry, “Exuberance is beauty” and Samuel…

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Three Great Readings of WB Yeats Poems

Below are three of my favorite readings of Yeats’s poetry. The first is from Bob Geldof’s flawed but fabulous program for RTE TV, Fanatic Heart. Liam Neeson Reads “Easter 1916” The second reading is from the film adaptation of every book lover’s must-read book, 84 Charing Cross Road. Amazingly, they managed to turn it into a must-see film, too, with the fabulous Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. Anthony Hopkins Reads “He Wishes For The Cloths of Heaven”   And the last reading is a film poem, commissioned for the Yeats2015 anniversary celebrations by the wonderful actor, producer, rainmaker and all-round lovely, Shevaun Wilder….

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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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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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