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…

 

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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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.staccato poster

It’s tough to choose the right novel extract to read, I find. You want to pick something that gives a decent flavour of the book but that also works as a stand-alone episode. The worst thing you can do is bore everyone to tears with lengthy backstory explanations before you even start, or confuse them by introducing multiple characters. I ended up opting for chapter 5 of Skin, Paper, Stone for those reasons. Maire_Staccato

Kate Dempsey gave a wonderful reading of poems from her recently published collection The Space Between (Doire Press, 2015).  staccato_kate

Jack Harte read “The Silent One”, a powerful short story about the loss of childhood innocence and the dangers of religious fundamentalism. The story is available to read here via Ofi Press.  staccato_Jack

Iggy McGovern read a selection of his poems, some of which are available to read here, including my personal favourite “The Bony”. staccato_iggy

My highlight of the evening was Órfhlaith Foyle’s chillingly compelling story “How I Murdered Lucrezia”. It features in her short story collection Clemency Brown Dreams of Gin. You can read more about Órfhlaith’s work via her blog herestaccato_orfhlaith

Phil Lynch read a selection of poems from his début collection which will be published later this year. Make sure to keep an eye out for it. staccato_phil

We were also treated to a rendition of “Space Oddity” by MC Tanya Farrelly and singer-songwriter Mark Flynn which was the perfect ending to the evening.staccato_tanya and mark flynn

The next STACCATO event takes place on Wednesday, February 24th. For more information you can follow on facebook and twitter.

Hello, Red Rock

red_rock_image_389_5177In 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.

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Thanks to my super-talented friend, production designer, Tracey O’Hanlon for helping my books make their television début. Make sure to tune in and keep an eye out for their cameo in the coming weeks.

Review of Skin, Paper, Stone in Books Ireland

books ireland coverSkin, Paper, Stone received a great review in the current issue of Books Ireland. It’s the one with the inimitable Maeve Binchy on the cover. The book is described as a “tender, redemptive love story” and “a page-turner, in the very best sense.”

They have also listed the number of pages (254!) and the exact size of the book (21cm!) in case you were wondering.

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Review of Skin, Paper, Stone: For Books’ Sake

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“Skin Paper Stone, populated with intriguing characters and set against the backdrop of the atmospheric Galway, is an engaging début from a promising new Irish voice.”

Skin, Paper, Stone is reviewed today by For Books’ Sake, an amazing organisation that champions writing by women.

This is my first UK review (by one of my favourite websites) so needless to say I’m delighted with it.

You can read the review in full here.

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.

Bring Skin, Paper, Stone On Your Holiers

skin paper stone coverBooks Ireland Magazine is running a ‘summer reader’s pack’ competition. All you have to do is enter your email address to win the following three books:

  • The Secrets We Share by Emma Hannigan
  • Skin, Paper, Stone by Máire T. Robinson
  • What Becomes of Us by Henrietta McKervey

“This trilogy of books by female Irish authors offers a wonderful selection to accompany an afternoon soaking up the sun at home or abroad.”

You can enter the competition here.