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Would You Like To Help Launch A Bestseller?

I’m writing a film script based on my book Her Secret Rose, my historical novel drama about the love triangle between the Irish poet WB Yeats, his muse the revolutionary feminist Maud Gonne, and her daughter, Iseult. (Yes, you read that right, and yes, it is a true story, though told as page-turning fiction. Believe me, you couldn’t make it up). The book won recently the inaugural Carousel-Aware prize (best novel) and I’m almost ready to ask my agent to send the pitch out to film companies. If I can also make it a bestseller on Amazon, it stands a…

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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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WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love

“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious female voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “Fuck off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against Irish groveling to the Roman Catholic  church in Fanatic Heart, a documentary about the life and work of Ireland’s great poet (and subject of my most recent novel): William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that the poet and  literary statesman brought about revolutionary change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. Instead of guns, his modus operandi was a poetic national vision, betrayed by the Roman Catholic nation-state that emerged after Irish independence. So it was not…

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