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.
After a long absence (not a good year) I am ready to write during the November rush when dozens or thousands of other writers are lifting pens, or poising fingers on keyboards.
NaNoWrMo is long established and a popular event. I plump for Flash NaNo.
It began in 2012 and starts on 1 November, demands one piece ...more
"Who the dickens 'Boz' could be
Puzzled many a learned elf,
Till time unveiled the mystery,
And 'Boz' appeared as Dickens's self."
Bentley's Miscellany March 1837
It was from my maternal grandmother I learned about the daily constitutional.
Nowadays, we have exercise, physical activity, wear wristbands that count steps and monitor heart rate. Our health programmed into our day as we ...more
Nung, Song, Sam
My novel, Dead Man Floating, was beta-read by a good friend who commented on the plot.
Following those comments I made significant changes. I removed a sub plot, losing 26,000 words, and edited the entire novel to remove any references to said plot. So far, so good.
I trialled altering point of view; included ...more
A quick post today about the new Bangor Literary Journal based in Northern Ireland.
The magazine asked for forty word stories a couple of months ago. I sent three, and one was highly commended. The awards ceremony and launch was held yesterday but I could not attend. But the Bangor Literary Journal is now online with ...more
Just into February and I have entered a number of competitions, and sent work to paying magazines as well as non-paying outlets this year. What have I been submitting? Flash - a diverse length depending on the publishers criteria.
Fifteen submissions ranging from 40 words to 1,612 are literary and one ghost story going to two ...more