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!

 

 

Skin, Paper, Stone Turns 1

1st-Birthday-Article-ImageSkin, 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 front, I published an article or two about the creative process. One of my older short stories was also included in an anthology and I got to take part in a lovely event as a result of that.

To everyone who has read the book, written a review, invited me to read, or attended one of the events over the past year — a massive THANK YOU. Now I’ll get back to writing novel two so we can do it all again.

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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).group redlineOur short stories all feature in the Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction — an anthology of the best short stories from the past ten years of Hennessy New Irish Writing.

When my story “Another Breakfast With You” was chosen for New Irish Writing in 2011, it was a real tuning point for me and a welcome boost of confidence. I’d had a few stories accepted for publication in anthologies prior to that, but the fact that this was published in The Irish Independent (with its large, national readership); the fact that I actually got paid for my story (which should always be the case but a lot of the time unfortunately isn’t); and the fact that as a result I was nominated for a Hennessy Award and got to attend a swanky event at the French Ambassador’s Residence (inspiring predictable Ferrero Rocher jokes a plenty) all made this a really special publication for me.

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I welcome any opportunity to share my love of writing and reading short stories so this was a really enjoyable event for me. South Dublin Libraries did an amazing job of putting the Red Line Book Festival together. It’s one of those ones that keeps going from strength to strength each year.

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[Photos by Rob O’Connor @Rocshot]