I worked as an editor, sub-editor and writer for many years on magazines and newspapers in London, the Netherlands and my native Cork, Ireland. I hated it. There was also a pocket of time where I trained as a director in a London off-West End theatre. That was as fantastic as it was bonkers.
Writing fiction is something I’ve done since I was a kid – the earliest story I kept for posterity was about a sad dog. But I’ve only started writing in a focused way in the past couple of years, thanks to a fantastic writing group.
I recently won the From the Well Short Story Competition 2017, run by Cork County Library and Arts Services, with an anthology coming out soon. I came second in the UCC/Carried in Waves Short Story Competition in 2015 (the story is available to listen to on Soundcloud here), was shortlisted for the Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award in 2016 and Highly Commended for it in 2017, and longlisted for the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2015. My work has been published in Halo Literary Magazine, Spontaneity, The Incubator and the Sunday People newspaper.
A novel has been in progress for some time, though it’s getting a bit embarrassing now because I keep meaning to get back to it and haven’t. I started out doing everything pretty much the wrong way around – the misguided starting point of which is described here. Somehow, the opening chapters blagged their way on to the longlist for the Greenbean Novel Fair 2016, held by the Irish Writers Centre. It would be nice if I could get it finished some day.
This blog is a sharing of the information I stumble across as part of a steep writing learning curve, the occasional book review when something makes an impression and the odd cheeky plug for any little personal victories. Don’t expect too much wisdom as I’m just a beginner too. But what I do know is that if it’s what you want to do, you should put in the hours, be fearless (that’s the truly hard part) – and throw it out there.
Thanks for reading,