Women Writing Today event at Redline Book Festival

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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 winning writers will explore what
it means to be a writer in today’s Ireland, with specific emphasis on being Irish, female and a debut novelist. Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin will chair this panel discussion with Doreen Finn, Caitriona Lally and Máire T. Robinson who will also read and discuss their own work, and offer help and advice to would-be authors on getting their work published.”

women writersOur event takes place at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Friday, October 14th at 8:15pm.

Tickets are available here.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Blogger & Author Dublin Meet-up

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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.IMG_0448 (1)

The event was the brainchild of J.B Johnston, Linda Green, and Carmel Harrington who had attended meet-up events in the UK, and wanted to create something similar in Ireland.

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It was a great chance for me to meet and chat with fellow writers Doreen Finn, Liz Nugent, Janet Cameron, Muriel Bolger, Denise Deegan/Aimee AlexanderMartine Madden, and Sharon Thompson who runs the #writerswise forum on Twitter.

I also got to meet bloggers extraordinaire, the aforementioned  J.Johnston and Linda Green, as well as Trish Hannon, Kate Moloney, Danielle Kerins, and Amanda Horan.

And, it was lovely to finally meet Margaret Madden who does so much to champion Irish writers, and who kindly reviewed my novel Skin, Paper, Stone on her fantastic Bleachhouse Library blog when it came out last year.

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Photo taken by Kate Moloney

Hopefully, this will be the first of many such meet-ups. There’s plenty more characters to be discussed, books to be swapped, wine to be drank, and teeny cakes to be eaten…

 

Belfast Book Festival 2015

IMG_4003I had an amazing time at the Belfast Book Festival last weekend. I took part in an event with fellow New Island début novelists Doreen Finn and Gerard Lee which was chaired by the wonderful Jane Wenham-Jones. We each read the opening from our respective books and then chatted about writing, publication, our influences, and our advice for aspiring authors.

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Our event took place in the Crescent Arts Centre, a beautiful multi-purpose arts space. Many of the festival events took place there and it also played host to SacrumProfanum, an exhibition by Kimberly Campanello and Benjamin Dwyer which used poetry, visual art, video installation and music to explore sheela-na-gigs.

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Stevie, the main character in my novel Skin, Paper, Stone is researching sheela-na-gigs so the fact that this was on while I was in Belfast felt particularly fortuitous.  There’s so much mystery surrounding these stone carvings and the exhibition managed to capture some of that enigma.

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As editor of Short Story Ireland, I’m always on the lookout for literary magazines and publication opportunities for short story writers, so The Incubator Journal is something that’s been on my radar for some time. I had time to make a flying visit to their launch of issue 5 on the way to catch my train back to Dublin. It took place in The Black Box (which looked like another great arts space). There’s something wonderful about hearing writers reading their own work and there was a lovely, eclectic mix of poetry, short story and memoir.

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The Belfast Book Festival has only been going for four years but has already established itself as a key event in the literary calendar. It’s definitely worth a visit. Roll on 2016!

Review of Skin Paper Stone in the Galway Advertiser

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I was delighted with the review of Skin, Paper, Stone in today’s Galway Advertiser, particularly as it was written by the inimitable Kevin Higgins. Coincidentally, Kevin’s first review for the Advertiser was published 16 years ago today so — Happy Anni-review-sary, Kevin! (I realise that was terrible. I REGRET NOTHING.)

“Robinson’s contemporary Galway is as intricately drawn as Saul Bellow’s Chicago, Irvine Welsh’s Edinburgh, or Zadie Smith’s North West London: “Joe Kavanagh turned into Buttermilk Lane. A busker’s tune floated up and reverberated off the high buildings, bouncing back to his ears, plaintive and sweet. Even though it was just some cheesy guy with a tin whistle…” They are all here, in Robinson’s all too real Galway: the buskers, beggars, and “degenerates of every persuasion”.”

You can read the review in full here. (Although, if you haven’t read the book yet, maybe skip the last paragraph if you want to keep the ending a surprise.)

Also, I’m off to Belfast next week for an event with fellow New Island novelists Gerard Lee and Doreen Finn. I’m so looking forward to it. Do come along if you’re in the area. Or, you  know, even if you’re not in the area. (ROAD TRIP!) Tickets are available here.