Category Archives: Writing

Life as a writer in an old city in a new world.

Don’t Hide the Madness


Over the past several months I have attended a number of arts’ events. There were a couple of poetry readings, some painting exhibitions, that sort of thing. The one thing all these events had in common was the type of … Continue reading

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The New MX Anthology Goes Gothic


I think most of you know by now that my favourite Sherlock Holmes stories are those ones with a whiff of the eerie. The blood-eyed Hound with his dripping jaw, the Devil’s Foot, and so on, have always captured my … Continue reading

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Mind the Squirrels and Other Public Reading Lessons


Many years ago when I worked in the theatre, I was intrigued when famous playwrights came during a performance of one of their plays and stood at the back observing the audience. One, the late Dr Hugh Leonard, often wrote … Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Adjust Your Sails


As I told you last week, I got my ego bruised by someone who was unimpressed by my literary achievements. For some people, if you haven’t been profiled in The Times, draw thousands to your readings, and appear on TV … Continue reading

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Demon-Slaying for Writers


Recently, an organiser of a literary event invited me to participate in an series of readings given by a group of ‘wannabes.’ The individual is well acquainted with me and knows about my publishing history, so I was taken aback … Continue reading

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Tales from the Stranger’s Room #3


Five years ago Sherlock Holmes author and editor David Ruffle put together a collection of new Holmes stories called Tales From The Stranger’s Room, with royalties from all the authors going to The Beacon Society (an organization supporting and recognizing exemplary educational experiences that … Continue reading

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Sebastian Barry at the Hinterland Festival


There are very few Irish authors who have achieved the acclaim of Sebastian Barry. He was a poet before he became a successful playwright, but these days he is most acclaimed as a multi-award winning novelist. His novels include The … Continue reading

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