In the presence of greatness

'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.    


Downhill Beach House Writing Retreat

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


Fairy Liquid in the sky in Finland

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