The story of The Island Girls

In April 2020, my novel THE ISLAND GIRLS was published by Bookouture. The following post tells the story of behind the book. In October 2019, I travelled to Boston and Maine with my good friend fellow writer Becky Sweeney to research the settings for The Island Girls. The trip exceeded all expectations as the stunning […]

PICTURE THIS! The Art of Short Story Writing

WRITE YOUR OWN SHORT STORY INSPIRED BY A WORK OF ART IN BERGEN’S KODE 4 ART MUSEUM I am so looking forward to my forthcoming creative writing weekend workshop hosted by Skrivekunstkollektivet in collaboration with Aurora Writers Retreats in Bergen in Norway on 18th & 19th November in Litteraturhuset. This two-day workshop focuses on the […]

Early Spring Creative Writing Retreat – Scottish Borders

I am thrilled to be co-facilitating a very special Creative Writing Retreat with the writer Melody Nixon in the Scottish Borders in late February. The theme of our weekend retreat is the first days of Spring, creating new energy and unblocking creativity as nature reawakens after the dark winter months. All are welcome whether you […]

Writing Workshop in June in Bergen

Join me at the Litteraturhuset in Bergen in Norway on Saturday 25th June when I will be teaching a day long workshop on how to write a novel. I will enable participants to put their ideas for a book into action, and strengthen their writing skills and focus, increasing their self-belief and drive to complete […]

Listen to me read my short story The Return from the Market

You can listen to the National Gallery of Ireland’s podcast of myself in conversation with Sinead Gleeson alongside writers Eoin McNamee and Philip Davison as well as hear us reading our short stories published in Thames and Hudsons anthology of Irish writers on Art ‘Lines of Vision’ right here. 

Upcoming talk at National Gallery of Ireland

Join myself and two other writers Philip Davison and Eoin McNamee at the National Gallery of Ireland on Sunday 23rd November at 3 p.m. when we will be reading from our work in the new Thames & Hudson Anthology Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Art, and in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, The Irish Times […]

New short story in National Gallery of Ireland Anthology

As part of the 150 year celebrations of the National Gallery of Ireland a collection of Irish writers were asked to write a short story or poem inspired by a painting from the collection. I was honoured to be one of these writers. After several visits to the National Gallery  of Ireland I chose Return […]

The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar available to order now

A rare opportunity to buy a special signed first edition of my novel The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar. Only 200 of the illustrated hardback editions are being produced. The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar is a search for the true nature of love in all its glorious and terrible manifestations. It can be read […]