Readings & Music in Dublin, Nov 8th

I’m really looking forward to enjoying Staccato night on November 8th in Toner’s in Baggot Street, Dublin –  organised by the fab team Tanya Farrelly and David Butler.

I’m reading alongside Niamh Boyce, Ivy Bannister, Louise Callaghan,  Bob Shakeshaft and Ed Madden. It will be a pleasure hearing familiar work and writers as well as discovering work that is new to me.

Come along – free entry – and enjoy stories, poetry and music as well as an Open Mic at the end!

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 good facilitation and great group dynamics. It was great being on the other side of the table for a change and 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