Today’s Irish Times has a feature about humorous, uplifting books to see us through these troubling times. I couldn’t resist the urge to put together my own list of suggestion, if only to dodge the WIP I’m sitting in front of. It isn’t a definitive list, just some things off the top of my head… Read More Laughter in a time of corona
Just a quick post to wish a very happy Christmas to all my regular readers. Thank you for dropping by the blog, and even venturing back here again. It’s lovely to see the stats rise year on year, and to feel that someone is actually willing to read the daftness my fingers type! It’s been… Read More Merry Christmas, everyone
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
I had several blog posts bookmarked for my regular round-up of the most interesting writing advice I’d come across over the week. But my head is spinning after spending the day at a wonderful publishing seminar laid on – for free! with tea and biscuits! – in Cork City Library. More on that in a day or two, when… Read More The weekly herding: the sex god and the dinner lady
It’s odd how attached you can become to people you’ve never met and whose paths you’re never likely to cross. Yet when a celebrity dies, we often mourn them as if they were one of our own. It’s been a sad week in terms of beloved figures, what with the untimely passing of David Bowie and… Read More Off to see if there’s a pub
What is it that’s so satisfying about watching amateurs making a meringue swan, or painting a landscape, or glazing a clay pot? Maybe it’s enjoying the passion and intensity with which enthusiasts work, even in the presence of snarky, intimidating judges? Or maybe it’s the charm of well-chosen contestants, all quirky and endearing in their… Read More The Great Pottery Throw Down
It isn’t due to be released until early next year, but the first trailer for the Coen brothers’ latest film looks packed with all their trademark ingredients – quirky dialogue, an evocative setting and dream casting. Set in Hollywood’s Golden Era, it stars Josh Brolin as a studio fixer who has to rescue a kidnapped… Read More All Hail, Caesar!