Crikey O’Reilly, this particular herding of words has made it onto the Books & Literature shortlist for the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016. It’s a joy to be listed alongside an excellent collection of blogs with a shared love of all things bookish. Each and every one is well worth checking out if you aren’t already familiar with them.… Read More Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016 shortlist
It seems to be a quiet time of year writing advice-wise, so instead I have a few opportunities in this week’s regular round-up. There are many ways of getting your work out into the world, so thank heavens for the sure-to-be-sainted magazines, journals and competitions that offer avenues for struggling writer wretches like us. Submission… Read More The weekly herding: seize those chances
I’ve come to the conclusion that there are four types of books: 1) books you hate, 2) guilty reads you enjoy but know aren’t great in terms of writing, 3) books you can admire but don’t enjoy, and 4) books that you admire and enjoy in equal measures. Those are the ones that stand a chance of… Read More The Green Road reviewed
I hope the weather is better where you are, dear reader, but here there’s a yellow weather warning and it is absolutely chucking it down. Just as well then that I have some absorbing reading material (in the form of a book proof I won of The Countenance Divine, a spooky and intriguing tale by newcomer Michael… Read More The weekly herding: Man Booker longlist – who’s happy, who’s not?
I had an email a couple of days ago saying that Word Herding has been longlisted in the Books & Literature category for the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016. It’s a wonderful surprise to get through, especially as this blog is only a baby of less than a year and I’m still very much finding my blogging feet… Read More Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016 longlist
No doubt there’s some detailed study out there that pinpoints the exact moment when children became more influenced by the talking box in the corner of the living room than the books in the family bookcase. Even though I was a voracious reader as a kid, it was TV that formed much of my worldview growing… Read More How Blake’s 7 taught me that space is grey
Last week, I skipped my weekly round up of shiny things because I was too lazy / feeling unmotivated / terribly busy. However, I reasoned that everyone would be too busy speed-eating ice creams or complaining about Pokémon Go heralding the End of Days to notice. The result is that I have a wealth of information stored up, all of which promises to unlock the secrets… Read More The weekly herding: the highs and lows of success