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Creative Writing: film poems, WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

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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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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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

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The work is continuing in the background, building the Creativist Club for all those who are interested in learning more about how to apply the creative process to everything in life: money, friends, work, home. With the aid of the wonderful Pixbee Design, the Club will launch in September and the first fifty people to register will get free lifetime admission. I’ll be sending an email to subscribers as soon as it’s ready to rock,  so if you’d like to be part of it, sign up here to know when the starting gun has been fired. I also wanted to…

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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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Tormentor Mentors

Certainly, the fact that no money changed hands in the past did not guarantee a positive experience for protégés. Having parried Yeats’s sexual attentions and refused his offer of marriage, Iseult Gonne moved on to a new champion, Ezra Pound, nurturer of the work of a remarkably diverse selection of writers, including James Joyce, TS Eliot and Ernst Hemingway.

Pound took Gonne’s talent seriously and offered her excellent advice in his ebullient way, but again the guidance was compromised by a desire to seduce her. Sexually, he had more success than Yeats but nothing of artistic significance emerged from the liaison

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