Skin, Paper, Stone Turns 1

Skin, Paper, Stone was launched one year ago today so I’m wishing myself a Happy Bookiversary. (Is that even a thing? Who cares! I’m doing it anyway.) It’s been a fun year. I enjoyed doing novel readings in Belfast, Galway and Dublin and meeting fellow writers and readers. There was even a bit of excitement in January when the book was shortlisted for an award. On the writing … Continue reading Skin, Paper, Stone Turns 1

March/April Opportunities For Writers

Here’s some upcoming competition and publication opportunities for the next couple of months. Happy submitting! March 3: Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition — Up to 3,000 words. First prize =€2,000. March 11: Molly Keane Creative Writing Award — Up to 2,000 words. A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June … Continue reading March/April Opportunities For Writers

STACCATO Spoken Word Night

STACCATO, Dublin’s newest spoken word event, takes place in Toner’s Pub, Baggot Street on the last Wednesday of the month. It’s facilitated by writers Tanya Farrelly and David Butler who do a great job of curating a night with an enjoyably eclectic mix of poetry, fiction and live music. I took part in their January event in the company of some wonderful writers. It’s tough … Continue reading STACCATO Spoken Word Night

Annual Fiction Prize: Lucy Cavendish College

Are you an unpublished female novelist, over the age of 21, and resident in the UK or Ireland? Here is a wonderful opportunity from Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge which could help you launch your literary career. Judges of the Annual Fiction Prize are seeking writers who combine literary merit with ‘unputdownability’ and the Prize has developed a formidable reputation for attracting first-class writing talent. Recent winners and … Continue reading Annual Fiction Prize: Lucy Cavendish College

January/February Opportunities For Writers

Happy new year, folks! I don’t know about you, but I find the Christmas season always throws my writing routine out of whack. The days merge into one glorious tinsel-filled blur of food, booze and catching up with friends and relatives as daily word targets disappear down the back of the sofa with the TV remote. Lovely as it is to take some time out, … Continue reading January/February Opportunities For Writers

Hello, Red Rock

In today’s random but exciting news — my books are set to appear in an upcoming episode of popular soap opera Red Rock. They feature in a scene set in Rachel Reid’s bedroom. Clearly this Rachel character has impeccable literary taste (and great taste in owl lampshades!) I like her already. Thanks to my super-talented friend, production designer, Tracey O’Hanlon for helping my books make … Continue reading Hello, Red Rock

Red Line Book Festival

I was delighted to take part in an event at this year’s Red Line Book Festival at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Windows Into Other Worlds was a panel discussion about short stories chaired by Ferdia Mac Anna and featuring myself, Niamh Boyce (The Herbalist) and Michael O’Higgins (Snapshots).Our short stories all feature in the Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction — an anthology of the best short stories from the past ten … Continue reading Red Line Book Festival