I’ll be reading on Sunday afternoon along with other literary upstarts Doreen Duffy and Adam Trodd.Read more "I’m One to Watch"
I have had another short story published in the Irish TimesRead more "The Light on the Water"
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"
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 …"
I’m thrilled to announce that a short story of mine has been shortlisted for the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. My story, “The Two of Hearts” was broadcast on RTÉ Radio the other evening, and is avaialable now to listen to here. The story is read – beautifully, poignantly – by actress […]Read more "The Two of Hearts"
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! […]Read more "A Teaser Tuesday About Two Rivers Merging"
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”"
By Niall McArdle Stephen King turns 66 today and shows no sign of slowing down. Since 1974 he has published over 50 novels, scores of short stories and several pieces of non-fiction, including one, On Writing, that anyone serious about the craft of fiction should read. The merits of some of his novels are debatable, […]Read more "Happy Birthday, Stephen King! The Best Movie Adaptations of Stephen King Novels"
Big Ears sat on a chair outside his toadstool, slumped and exhausted like an enormous, docile creature, a mastodon, say, after its rut, baffled at itself. Noddy looked at his friend, at the frothy beard and russet cheeks and drinker’s nose. He looked for all the world like a portrait by a minor Dutch painterRead more "Baffled in Toyland: A Noddy Adventure, as told by John Banville"