I’ve been sitting on two brilliant pieces of news recently, mostly because I’m still absorbing them. Why is it easier to handle rejection than acceptance, I wonder? In any case, my head’s been in a spin so it’s taken a while to compile what feels like the braggiest post in all of braggingdom. I apologise… Read More Good news comes in 2s?
Yesterday evening I was the Cork Arts Theatre for a set of short plays, all with an Italian theme. One of the plays had been written by Brenda Donoghue from my writing group, her first ever stab at drama. To see a staged production of a play that we as a group watched evolve was very… Read More Lots of love for That’s Amore!
The great thing about fiction competitions and literary journals is that if you don’t succeed in one, there will be another along before too long. I thought I’d share a few things I’ve seen recently that might be of interest. This is by no means a definitive list – I’m far too lazy for that… Read More The unweekly herding: summer competitions and submissions
What is it about Pride & Prejudice that inspires so many homages? To my knowledge, there are no Wuthering Heights sequels, no spin-offs of Vanity Fair. Yet it seems we can’t get enough of the Bennets and their neighbours. The latest addition to the Meryton universe is The Longbourn Letters by Limerick-based writer Rose Servitova. It’s a… Read More The Longbourn Letters by Rose Servitova reviewed
I spent a lovely afternoon at the Wexford Literary Festival in Enniscorthy on Sunday, having been invited to the presentation of the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2017 as a shortlistee. I know you’re probably on the edge of your seat with anticipation, but I have to let you down easy and report that I did… Read More Back on the road to Enniscorthy
It would seem there are two types of writers – those who are comfortable with reading their work to an audience, and those who would rather be trapped in a lift with Piers Morgan than stand before a microphone. EM Reapy, author of Red Dirt, is of the latter variety. In an upfront piece for the Irish Times last week, she explained that, though… Read More The unweekly herding: stepping up to the mic
Well, you could knock me down with a feather. Despite announcing that the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award shortlist would be revealed in a week’s time, the organisers of the Wexford Literary Festival actually released it yesterday – and there was yours truly’s name on it. It’s the second time around for me, as I was… Read More Shortlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2017