Prize Winning Stories and Friendly Literary Festivals

It is has been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to attend an event at a literary festival so I was delighted to be invited to attend the wonderful Dromineer Literary Festival in County Tipperary last weekend.

It was one of the most welcoming, intimate, and friendly festivals I have ever been to. At 9 on a Saturday morning we were greeted with smiles from the Chairperson Eleanor Hooker, hot tea and homemade scones in the Domineer Yacht Club.

I attended a fiction writing workshop run by writer Lisa Harding and the group discussed processes and approaches to writing and wrote with a frenzy that only comes with expert facilitation and good group dynamics. It was great. I’m now working on a story that I started in that workshop!

I also attended the prize giving ceremony in the afternoon and was stunned by the winning children’s poems in the Primary School Poetry Competition – the range of vocabulary and images. I was truly moved by the winning poems in the Poetry Competition and thoroughly enjoyed the flash fiction pieces.

Of course I was thrilled to be placed second in the flash fiction category with my story “Confined”.

So grab a cup of tea and read the winning entries – judged by Lisa Frank and John Walsh of Doire Press – on the Dromineer website here. Congratulations to all the winning authors!

On fiction and interpretation (Mel Ulm on “The Passions of Sophie Byrant”)

It’s always a strange feeling when people write about your work – yet I’m often curious to see how stable (- or not!-) that bridge is between reader interpretation and authorial intention.

Blogger and Reader Mel Ulm has published hundreds of blog posts on short stories, novels and novellas and has a particular interest in Irish writers.

He has published his thoughts on my story “The Passions of Sophie Bryant” and you can read the story online in Number Eleven Magazine

The Write Time – Fingal Festival: Workshops

I’m delighted to be delivering two creative writing workshops at The Write Time, Fingal County Council’s Festival which celebrates the written and spoken word.

Creating something from nothing…..join me for a fun, interactive short fiction workshop using narration, description and dialogue.

Booking essential as places are limited: 

Saturday 9th September at 10am in The Loft Room, Skerries Mills. (Email: or telephone 01- 890 5671)

Saturday, 23rd September at 2pm in Donabate Library. (Email : or telephone 01- 890 5607)

I look forward to seeing you there!