It’s...it’s... what? Beautiful? Yes. Serene? Yes. Remote? Yes. But it’s more than that. It’s spacious. It’s the penthouse suite of landscapes. You could argue all landscapes are spacious - deserts, beaches, fields but deserts can be empty, patchwork fields can look congested, beaches can be desolate. Here the scenery is full - chock full of… Continue reading The UnBEARAble Lightness of Being
'Tis that time of year. The doors to the literary season are being kicked open. Two superstars in the same week - Bret Easton Ellis at the O'Reilly Theatre and Edna O'Brien at the Mansion House. Huge crowds at both events.
The house twinkles in the dark. The heat rushes to meet you as you open the front door. It's warm, cosy rooms relax and inspire and the fresh air on the beach clears the head. It's my first writing retreat. I've always been terrified of them. Afraid I would get there and my creativity would… Continue reading Downhill Beach House Writing Retreat
I learnt this hashtag this week. The week I had the privilege of attending the John Hewitt International Summer School on a bursary. The week I spent in Armagh, city on a hill, city of cathedrals, city of St Patrick. The week the sun shone. The week there was a lunar eclipse. Then the rain… Continue reading #JHISS
Où les abeilles bourdonnent. High in the Provençal hills, nestled above the picturesque village of Valbonne, lies Opio. The countryside is lush - green, rolling hills stretch as far as the eye can see, verdant views whatever your vantage point, blue-green mountains, snow-capped in winter, trap the cold air and contain it which means it's colder than you… Continue reading Oh Oh Oh…Opio!
This celestial, overturned bottle of fairy liquid in the sky is the most spectacular light show I have ever seen. The Aurora Borealis, can be seen from Donegal and other northerly, coastal points in Ireland but, to be in Finland, right underneath them, lying in the snow, gazing upwards at the moving, liquid, colour-changing kaleidescope,… Continue reading Fairy Liquid in the sky in Finland
The pinnacle of the holiday season activites. Paddington 2 was charming, The Craft Fair at the RDS was reliably festive. ET at the Bord Gais theatre accompanied by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra was magical but this...on a dark but dry December night was just breathtaking. The vivid red, green and white lights against the… Continue reading Wild Lights
On the wettest night of the year I braved the city centre traffic, parking stress and general festive trauma to have my make-up done by Deborah Leonard, MUA extraordinaire, who not only gave me movie star eyes but made me look ten years younger at the same time! This lovely event was held in Studio… Continue reading Note-worthy
Either you have a 'hat-face' or you don't. I don't. This means all hats instantly make my face look fat. So, I tend to stay away from them. They are easy to lose too, like gloves and umbrellas. But they do have a superpower that also applies to shoes - they are resistant to weight… Continue reading The bobble hat from Budapest
I started hyperventilating on arrival. My favourite colour is blue, not just the odd top or pair of shoes, no, this is a lifestyle. I had already been dragged out of Les Jardins Majorelle in Marrakesh, Yves Saint Laurent’s elegant hideaway, for fear I would set up camp amongst the blue flowerpots and never leave… Continue reading The Moroccan Sapphire