Monday, April 27, 2015

Running Away!

I'll be off to the Tyrone Guthrie Artist Retreat in Annaghmakerrig a couple of days earlier than expected this Wednesday. 

Why? Life kept interrupting the editing process on The Game Changer and sometimes running away is a good option!!

Nine days, with me, the script, my laptop, a couple of books, and some yummy food with wonderful surroundings and people has to be good - right??

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Launch of the Quarryman

Good luck to everyone involved with the launch of Quarryman at the Cork Festival this evening. A great collection and I was delighted to have had the opportunity, along with Donal Ryan, to contribute my sentiments about the work.....

Michelle McAdoo, Madeleine d'Arcy, and Eoghan Walsh, launch the 'Quarryman', Photo: Orla Murphy 


The newly-revived UCC literary journal, 'Quarryman' will be launched at the close of The Cork World Book Fest on Saturday April 25, in The Triskel Arts Centre.

"Within the pages of this anthology, we meet diversity, ingenuity, humour, pathos, compassion and a kaleidoscope of emotions which are both individual and universal," said Louise Phillips, author of Red Ribbons, The Doll’s House and Last Kiss.

Booker nominated author Donal Ryan says that, "It’s a perfect reading excursion, its pages inhabited by cyber-stalkers, bereft lovers, dying crows, web less spiders, disillusioned radicals, illicit cadavers, and people treading the uncertain pathways of life, love and loss negotiating the treacherous terrain of existence."

Read full piece from Cork Independent HERE

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Bridport Prize!

Closing date: 31 May 2015

Over £16,000 in prize money
One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.
The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.
A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £50.
In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched. The first prize is £1,000 plus a up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy. A runner-up prize of £500 is also offered. 
For more details visit HERE

Great Things Happen After Dark!!

I'm really looking forward to this event at Clondalkin Library on Friday.
Funding for this event and others, was made via the Carnegie Trust and the project called the 'Library After Dark Writers Café' is aimed at offering a course of creative writing workshops covering a variety of forms and genres, and also, to offer writers a quiet space and some time to actually write.
Clondalkin library opens 'after hours' once a month on a Friday to facilitate the café, which is open to new and emerging writers.
To reserve your place for future events, please email: libraryafterdark@sdublincoco.ie with a sample of your creative writing.  
At this month's cafe, I will be looking at how best to create pace in your novel, under the guise of 'Unleashing Your Dark Side: The Best Ways to Commit Fictional Crime'.
The Cafe is open from 6.30pm - 9.30pm when the Library is closed to the general public.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dr Kate Pearson Series

Amazon now have the 3 books of the Dr Kate Pearson series available in a set! 



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Piercing Emotions - The Doll's House Review!!

Lovely review of THE DOLL'S HOUSE from Kingdom Books in Vermont...

“The pace is tight, the emotions piercing, and the connections between Clodagh and Kate, whom we met in Red Ribbons and whose own life is rapidly fracturing around the end of a relationship, turn out to be both significant and suspenseful. The clock is ticking, and there’s reason to believe that destruction and abuse are multiplying.

There is nothing particularly ‘Irish’ to this crime novel , it’s built on clearly linked character, not on the history or traditions of the Emerald Isle, yet the chilling criminal manoeuvres subtly echo the evil that Stuart Neville taps into so readily...” 

For more click HERE

The Importance of Reviews!!

While at a talk yesterday at the LONDON BOOK FAIR, one given by Tori Lyne-Purkis of Midas, Tori stressed the importance of book reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads....so with begging bowl in hand, if you have read any of my books. please, pretty please, post a review!!

Pics of the Fair!!!

I had an absolutely amazing day yesterday at the LONDON BOOK FAIR - it was such a buzz. 

I learned lots of stuff, I had some wonderful conversations, and I totally enjoyed the Opening Ceremony within which Donal Ryan was announced as the Irish Winner of the European Prize for Literature. 

Sometimes though, pictures speak louder than words, so here's a flavour....

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