At the John Hewitt Summer School


I left Armagh with a bag full of books, a head full of ideas, a heart full of memories, and the soft feel and lingering scent of hugs and kisses from my new friends.

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To Read or Not to Read


  My friend Cathy at 746 Books is running her 20 Books of Summer Challenge again, and once again I am woefully short of the target. However, I have managed to read a few great books in the last few weeks. Click on the picture to read the post from my other blog.  

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making hay in kells all weekend


I spent a wonderful weekend of songs, stories and laughter in Kells at the Hay Festival Kells. The heritage town was filled with writers, musicians and artists, including Hanif Kureishi. We strolled around town together, discussing the Book of Kells, medieval round towers, Brehon laws, and Cromwell. I don’t have many claims to fame, but I can […]

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The Dream Against The Deed


Poet Patrick Deeley has written a beautiful memoir about growing up in East Galway. The Hurley Maker’s Son has been hailed for its evocative prose, and for its moving celebration of life in rural Ireland in the 1960s. As a child, Deeley was something of a misfit in his family: a loner, a dreamer, and […] […]

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Making Hay in Kells


From the sister site: The historic Irish town of Kells — as in The Book of Kells, which might not have been written in Kells, and isn’t actually in Kells anymore, but no matter — will play host to some of the world’s finest writers this coming weekend during the Hay Festival Kells. The line-up […]

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