The unweekly herding: never cross swords with crime writers

Eureka! I’ve finally stumbled on the perfect title for my not-so-regular news round-up – one that reflects the proudly ad hoc nature of my information sharing. Say hello to the annoyingly tweaked The Unweekly Herding… The passion of crime As literary spats go, a highly entertaining one has been raging in this country over the past week or so.… Read More The unweekly herding: never cross swords with crime writers

The weekly herding: the submission mission

The subject of this week’s herding is literary magazines – in particular, what to submit and how long to wait for a response before abandoning all hope. Making the grade Firewords literary journal has launched a podcast series which is very informative. Episode two deals with the submission process from an editor’s perspective, and the two speakers –… Read More The weekly herding: the submission mission

The weekly herding: Abraham Lincoln, the value of art and the importance of support

Eagle-eyed regular readers may have noticed something particular about my weekly news round-up – it isn’t exactly what you might call weekly. In my defence, The Utterly-Random-Whenever-I-Feel-Inclined Herding really doesn’t have the same ring to it. But as we’re here now, we might as well look at some interesting writing bits and bobs I’ve seen knocking about… Read More The weekly herding: Abraham Lincoln, the value of art and the importance of support

Fiction at The Friary, February 2017: guest speaker Eimear Ryan

It was another terrific afternoon at the second Fiction at The Friary event on Sunday. Having had a listening-only seat in the downstairs part of the bar last month, this time I was upstairs in the fancy seats, where I had a perfect view of all the speakers on the peculiar landing area between the two floors… Read More Fiction at The Friary, February 2017: guest speaker Eimear Ryan

The start of my reading love affair: part 1 – The Lumber Room by Saki

My school days were not happy ones. I was seemingly an impossible child to teach because of my short attention span and strong leanings towards an alternative lesson plan – ie. why don’t we all just do our own thing until the bell sets us free? I’ll be over here, staring out the window at cloud formations. The nuns at… Read More The start of my reading love affair: part 1 – The Lumber Room by Saki

The weekly herding: it doesn’t pay to be a writer

It’s no secret that it is difficult to earn a living as a writer. But it is particularly disheartening to hear that even established writers struggle to make ends meet, despite their seeming success. The Independent website today featured an interview with Man Booker Prize longlisted author Donal Ryan, who revealed that he has had no choice but to… Read More The weekly herding: it doesn’t pay to be a writer