6-Week Fiction Writing Course At Block T

I’m facilitating a six-week course “Lives of Girls & Women: Fiction Writing” taking place at Block T starting on Tuesday, January 17th (19:00 to 21:00). The course fee is €150 (€75 booking fee). Booking details are available HERE and the full course outline is below: LIVES OF GIRLS & WOMEN: FICTION WRITING How can we create complex, believable female characters in our fiction-writing and represent … Continue reading 6-Week Fiction Writing Course At Block T

Introduction to Flash Fiction

“Here is the demand of the flash form: to find in compression what cannot be found otherwise, to view the constriction of time and space as a need for urgency and profundity.” – Randall Brown I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be facilitating a one-day course with the wonderful Big Smoke Writing Factory in January. Introduction to Flash Fiction takes place on Saturday, January 28th … Continue reading Introduction to Flash Fiction

Women Writing Today event at Redline Book Festival

I’m delighted to be taking part in the Red Line Book Festival again this year. Last year I was part of a short story panel of writers featured in the Hennessy Anthology. This year it’s all about the novel. I’m joining Doreen Finn (My Buried Life) and Caitriona Lally (Eggshells) for a panel discussion hosted by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin: “In this panel discussion, three award … Continue reading Women Writing Today event at Redline Book Festival

10 Questions With Jan Carson

Welcome, Jan. Congratulations on your début short story collection, Children’s Children, which was published recently by Liberties Press. Can you tell me a bit about the book title, a thematically unifying one, and the idea behind it? I’ve always been interested in the idea of legacy and inheritance. The phrase “children’s children” is lifted from the Old Testament and usually appears in reference to either God’s blessing … Continue reading 10 Questions With Jan Carson

Blogger & Author Dublin Meet-up

What’s the collective noun for book-lovers? A gaggle, a stack, a TBR pile…? Whatever it is, a bunch of us such types got together at 37 Dawson Street on Saturday to discuss books… and plot world domination. As everyone knows, such plans are best fuelled by tiny lil’ cakes with book decorations on ’em. The event was the brainchild of J.B Johnston, Linda Green, and Carmel … Continue reading Blogger & Author Dublin Meet-up

Guest Speaker at IES Dublin

On Thursday I was guest speaker at IES Dublin for a group of Creative Writing students from the University of Iowa. I read a short story and an extract from my novel and spoke about my experiences as a fiction writer. We discussed the benefits of writing programmes, some of the challenges facing new writers, and ways of developing a distraction-free writing routine. We also chatted … Continue reading Guest Speaker at IES Dublin

Toronto: Attack of the Mattress & A Cameo at Rowers Reading Series

I was recently in Toronto to support a fantastic Irish documentary called Mattress Men which was premiering at the Hotdocs Canadian International Film Festival. In my wildest dreams I never imagined that I’d one day get to hang out at Niagara Falls with a talking mattress. It was a magical experience. During my time in Toronto, I also took part in the Rowers Reading Series alongside Canadian authors … Continue reading Toronto: Attack of the Mattress & A Cameo at Rowers Reading Series