I have had another short story published in the Irish Times
Banshee – /ˈbænʃiː/ BAN-shee, Modern Irish bean sí, from Old Irish: ban síde: Female spirit who heralds the death of a family member by shrieking or keening. Banshee – /ˈbænʃiː/ BAN-shee: Irish literary journal, softcover, 113 pages, containing poetry, fiction and non-fiction by a wide range of writers … including me. For sale in all good bookshops and […]Read more "Shrieking Words"
You can listen to my short story “The Two of Hearts” on Soundcloud. The story was originally broadcast on RTÉ Radio, read by actress Catriona Ni Mhurchú. Click on the picture to listen:Read more "Soundclouding …"
The album will be for sale on iTunes as soon as my twelve-year-old niece can explain to me how iTunes works.Read more "The Parallel Universe of Regret"
I’m very pleased to announce that I had a short story published in The Irish Times on Saturday, as this month’s winner of the Hennessy Short Story of the Month. Which is very nice. You can read the story here, if you want.Read more "19 Ways to Say “I Love You”"
The title hints at one of the themes of the novel, which is that there are two Istanbuls, the one above ground and the one below, and each is ‘transformed’ in sense through acts of creation and imagination. The prisoners transform their surroundings through imagination and fantasy, parables and riddles, and likewise the city above is changed by time and love.Read more "ISTANBUL ISTANBUL"
There’s always a good reason to listen to decent music, so here’s another chance to look at my list of FIFTY GREAT IRISH SONGS (none by U2). Apologies if some of the You Tube links no longer work.Read more "50 Great Irish Songs"
“I am entering the frozen land, although to which country it belongs I cannot say.” David Park’s novel Travelling in a Strange Land is a brief story about fathers and sons, memory and regret, told from the point of view of a middle-aged man, Tom, travelling from Belfast to Sunderland to collect his son […]Read more "Travelling in a Strange Land"
The Hennessy Literary Awards shortlist for 2018 has been announced. I’m humbled and grateful to be included in the list. I have been shortlisted for my short story, “The Light on the Water”, published last summer in the Irish Times.Read more "Hennessy Literary Awards Shortlist"
The true border ran between the two forces of law and order, the Garda Siochana and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the two police forces sliding darkly past each other like blips on a radar, separated by the whim of politicians, detectives passing each other in the night, their murmurs breaking the static on […]Read more "Undertow"
“I’m only twelve,” said Ralph, “and I’m useless at lying. I’m no good at it.” (p127) “He’d have stuck with his namesake and Piggy. At least he hoped he would. He wasn’t very brave. But he’d have tried.” (270) Carlo Gébler’s The Innocent of Falkland Road is a coming of age tale set in […]Read more "The Innocent of Falkland Road"
Well, the Beast from the East came, met Emma, and dumped snow all over the country. Call it Snowmageddon, or Sneachtageddon if you prefer. Either way, the country is looking extremely wintry even though Spring is just around the corner. Which of course brings James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ […]Read more "Snow is General All Over Ireland"