Welcome to my web site. Here you will find information about my books and the writing courses and workshops I facilitate around the country of Ireland. I have a life long love of writing and drama and I have worked with directors, theatre companies, actors and writers. I also read scripts, and offer editing and beta reading services. Strange to some but I love editing, and making a piece of writing the best it can be.
Workshops & Writing Courses
I teach a number of courses and workshops including a very popular memoir writing course that has yielded some great results. A collection of short memoirs called Down Memory Lane was produced and published last year with all proceeds going to the local Alzheimer Societies patient comfort care fund. I also teach short story workshops, novel writing classes, and do private one to one tuition. More information can be found on the Workshops & Writing Courses page.
My blog is where I share my love of all things creative. You will find book reviews, my view on theatre performances, radio, sculptures, workshops, meetings etc. I try to keep my blog updated as often as possible detailing events that I attend, books I’m working on, life as a writer, publishing details, and whatever rocks my boat. My latest blog posts are listed below so be sure to check them out and subscribe so you don’t miss out on what is going on.
A number of my books are complete and ready for publication. If anyone out there is interested in publishing them and providing royalties, I’ll always listen. If I self-publish they will be made available in both paperback and e-book formats from Amazon and all leading bookstores. For more information and to read the blurbs for each title please visit my books page.
By Hook or by Crook
The hook is a vital ingredient for agents, editors and publishers if my manuscript is to stand out among the hundreds of submissions the professionals receive. A hook may encourage the reader to continue with the paragraph, the page, the chapter. First impressions count because they can make or break ...more
Recognise these faces
What is culture night? Perhaps an answer to the question What is Culture? is more relevant. Customs, art and heritage is one answer, and within that comes ritual, music, drama, crafts, dance, religion, museums, architecture and so on. Celebrating a countries culture is an affirmation of identity. Long may it continue.
Yesterday, in the ...more
I met Martha on Sunday. It was a lovely day and I drove to Fore to take the Nancy and Nellie walk and have a picnic, parking by the Abbey.
Rather than taking the usual route going via the Abbey, I decided to go the opposite way and start the walk where I usually ...more
DEGREE OF KNOWLEDGE
If you think of POV as a continuum, at one end the Omniscient POV is God and knows everything. At the other end is the single POV with limited knowledge. Deciding which POV to use depends on how much knowledge you want your character to have and how much information you want to ...more
Mistakes are mine, all mine. In the second edition of my self-published book I have included that phrase. An acknowledgement that my beta readers and editors are not to blame for faults readers find.
To be honest, I do not always accept an editors suggestion. The spectre of the traditional publisher rejecting work because ...more