I spent a week in seriously impressive literary company, attended workshops, walked, did yoga and meditation, swam in the sea, wrote, read and listened to Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Donal Ryan, Martin Dyar, Kit de Waal, Jo Unwin and Helen Thomas impart wisdom and guidance on writing and publishing. We shared a lot of laughs. I… Continue reading UL Winter School, Doolin.
The Project:- Isn't this a lovely idea by the writer-in-residence, Maria McManus.? I sent my letter a couple of days ago and got this lovely tweet today. Given that she says she's in bits reading them, you can probably guess who I wrote to.
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
I won a bursary to visit the Bronte Parsonage and to attend a Festival of Women's Writing. A dream prize. The weather was most un-Yorkshirelike, sunny with temperatures in the mid-twenties. That was until the last day when the heavens opened and made the moors look more like they do in the movies. Yorkshire is… Continue reading The Bronte Parsonage, Haworth.
Won this. Delighted. A week to write in a town filled with family history and memories.
Memories of food in Morocco. There's so much wrapped up in this tagine piece - recovery from illness, the newness of a foreign country, gratitude and hope are bubbling away in the pot with the vegetables and spices! The exhibition is on in the beautiful Dun Laoghaire LexIcon library, on the 4th floor, for the… Continue reading Eat Your Heart Out Exhibition Launch
Since 2012, when I was so spectacularly sick I've taken CQ10, an energy supplement. Pharmanord, the company that makes it, ran a writing competition which I entered and I won a year's supply of CQ10 and they interviewed me for this magazine and here it is!