Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tallafest 2015 - Exploring Character and Story!!

This festival gets more successful year on year and I'm thrilled to be taking part again.

If you want to book a place on my FREE creative writing workshop 'Exploring Character and Story' go to www.tallafest.ie and book your place! 

This event is always oversubscribed so get booking!! #Tallafest15

A Date for the Diary!!!

ALL WELCOME for an evening of fun on the 8th September......

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year

The 2015 shortlist for the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year (formerly Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year) has been announced.

The shortlisted titles were chosen by an independent panel of readers and will now go on to a judging panel. Sitting on the judging panel for 2015 are Magnus Linklater, journalist and former newspaper editor, writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson, and Caron Macpherson of Waterstones Argyle Street.

The winning book will be announced and the prize awarded on Saturday 12th September at a gala dinner as part of the Bloody Scotland festival, in Stirling.


"I'm not superwoman...."

Nice piece in the Irish Daily Star about working smarter from home!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eoin Mc Namee to launch THE GAME CHANGER!

I am both honoured and delighted that the very talented Eoin Mc Namee will be launching THE GAME CHANGER at 6.30 pm on the 8th September at The Gutter Bookshop in Cow's Lane in Dublin!!

And in case you have been in hiding for the last decade, here's a little bit about Eoin. If you haven't picked up his latest book, Blue is the Night, it is a tour-de-force!

EOIN MC NAMEE's novels include Resurrection Man, later made into a film, The Blue Tango, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and Orchid Blue, described by John Burnside in the Guardian as 'not only a political novel of the highest order but also that rare phenomenon, a genuinely tragic work of art.'

His latest novel, Blue is the Night, won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015.

The Barking Crow!

I'm absolutely delighted that one of my crime fiction students, the wonderful Niamh Brennan, has been long listed for...

No Exit Press Short Story Writing Competition 

Devised as part of the celebrations for 30 years of Oldcastle Books, the competition was open to any unpublished writer with a passion for crime fiction. The intention was to find original voices that epitomise the No Exit Press List: strong, compelling writing that resonates long after the final page.
All the participants should be congratulated on their engaging and original entries, but the writers who have made it through to the longlist are:
Rachel Wolfreys – Vagrant Heart
Philip Willans – The Suspect
Niamh Brennan – The Barking Crow
Marie Henderson-Brennan – The Power of Four
Eric T Johnsson – Clay
Ian Robinson – Rubicon
Liz Kershaw – The Valentine Murders
Sarah Mclean – A Piece
Tom Leins - The Brief History of Bad Men
The judging panel, headed by Oldcastle Books MD Ion Mills, includes bestselling author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series, Leigh Russell; A is for Authors literary agent, Annette Crossland and one of Britain's finest noir critics, Barry Forshaw, author of Nordic Noir and Euro Noir.
The shortlist will be announced on September 1st and the winner, who will have the opportunity to meet with Barry Forshaw, Leigh Russell and Annette Crossland, with the possibility of being signed by No Exit Press, will be announced on November 1st. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

One Way Ticket to Budapest!

This day next week our last child will fly the nest on a One Way Ticket to Budapest. I think I know how I'm going to feel, but I'm wary all the same. Life can throw you curve balls....

Finding Freedom with Jax Miller


Jax Miller talks to writing.ie about the journey to creating Freedom's Child....read all HERE

And you all know how I love trailers. This one does not disappoint!!!


Sunday, July 26, 2015


Sitting in front of the fire (as you do in Ireland in the middle of summer) listening to this amazing artist Eileen Keane  - Listen in HERE 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sean O Faolain International Short Story Competition....


2015 competition now open for submissions! Deadline 31 July.

First Prize: €2,000
(approx $2153/£1431 in April 2015), publication in the literary journal Southword, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

Second Prize: €500 and publication in Southword.
Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication 
in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120


Saturday, July 18, 2015


"There is a twist – which I did see coming – but that did nothing to lessen how enthralled I was with the story.Louise Phillips once again delivers the goods in this heart-stopping thriller. This book is an absolute must-read!"

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