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Another video, this time reading two poems — “Halo” & “Long Light” — at The Alliance of Independent Authors’s Indie Author Fringe Fest. See below for the text of the poems. HALO My brother, Conor, used them as they should be used, the rings. Hoops of grey rubber to throw at numbered hooks on a board and make the grownups who came to our place   for their daily drink call out. Well done! when one caught on. To me, each one was a thing to

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Last Week: Go Creative… With Stephen King This is an edited version of John Patrick Shanley’s acceptance speech when honoured with the 2013 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree. I love you all. I’m miserable with love for you. I want to move in with you. I want to stay with you until you die. And I want to bury you. I hate you, too. The paradox. The contradiction. I love ya. I hate ya. In short, did I mention that I’m Irish? What is a man who would blow up the world because he loves it so much? He’s…

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What is f-r-e-e-writing? In school, we are taught to write to communicate with others – our teachers and examiners, mainly. But a number of psychologists, scientists, behaviouralists, healers and educators are increasingly interested in the astonishing power of writing when we use it to communicate with ourselves. It is no coincidence that in my novels both Jo and Norah in After The Rising and Mercy in Blue Mercy write their way to resolution.  This is my small tribute to the power of writing to heal, transform and liberate. Writing is such a miracle – through marks on a page, we can communicate across vast continents and…

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My Tribute to Seamus Heaney

I’m honoured to be reading at the London Irish Centre’s Tribute to Seamus Heaney tomorrow evening. I’m thinking of reading “Ballynahinch Lake” and “Postscript”, two poems that I think of as companion pieces and the two that, for me, best capture Seamus’s mud-and-lotus attitude to the delights and sufferings of life. “Postscript” was the one I turned to when I heard he’d left us. Or I may go for “St Kevin and The Blackbird” and the line that inspired my novel, Blue Mercy: “the whole thing’s imagined anyhow.” The “whole thing” in this case being the legend, yes, but also life itself….

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