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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

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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Final Call: F-R-E-E-Writing Book

Last chance to get your pre-order copy of F-R-E-E-Writing: Unblocking Life’s Flow. It launches Tuesday next, 30th of September. But you can order your advance copy now — without being charged until it’s dispatched. F-R-E-E-Writing  F-R-E-E stands for Fast, Raw and Exact-but-Easy and this is a creative practice I’ve been teaching — and practicing myself, of course — for fifteen years now. Each F-R-E-E-Writing session is a new journey without a map in which you simply write whatever it is you have to say at that moment in time — as fast as you can. When you write like this, you leave yourself open. You…

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Skin Diving. Chapter 4.

The Story So Far: From the ‘Advanced Psychotherapeutic Facility’ in upstate New York to which her father, Mack, has admitted her, Mel McIntyre mines family history and her own memory for details of a 20-year-old tragedy: the death of baby sister, Tara.   Mel has reason to believe the mysterious circumstances of this killing connect in some way to the recent suicide of her twin, Jamie. Previous Chapters Can be Read HERE. Now Read On: CHAPTER FOUR: BROUGHT TO BOOK ‘You’re not Doctor Keane.’ ‘Well spotted, my dear.’ She’s a big woman, in her fifties, buxom. I’ve seen her and her…

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