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”"
I haven’t been blogging much recently because I’ve been trying to stay away from the Internet and do some serious writing. Not that the Internet isn’t home to some serious writing … of course it is. It’s just also home to nonsense like this and this and this, all of which are ludicrously addictive. But […]Read more "Windy Writing"
For all its incredible production design, the scenery is just that: scenery, a backdrop for the film’s characters that seems disconnected to the action in the foreground or the film’s plot.Read more "Ghost in the Shell"
And just like that … the Begorrathon is over for another year Thank you to all the bloggers who took part. Cathy and I had a grand old time reading all the wonderful posts. With over 100 posts on everything from James Joyce to Glenn Patterson, Elizabeth Bowen to Molly Keane, and Ireland’s patron saint, […]Read more "Begorrathon 2017: Go Raibh Maith Agaibh agus Slán!"
So here we, round the bend and the final leg, the finish line in sight. With only a few days left in March, it’s time to get those Reading Ireland posts in. Some housekeeping announcements: The Hennessy Literary Awards take place tomorrow evening in Dublin. Congratulations and best of luck to all the shortlisted writers, […]Read more "Begorrathon 2017: Week Four"
No building is too grand or too humble for the IAA, so here you’ll find plans for many of the country’s great historic buildings as well as modest cottages, churches, shops and farms.Read more "Begorrathon 2017: The Irish Architectural Archive"
Of course, it’s still cold and wet in Dublin … and the wind is fierce … But still … And any excuse to play this is welcome … Or read this … A light exists in spring Not present on the year At any other period. When March is scarcely here A color stands abroad On […]Read more "Spring has sprung …"