Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dennis Lehane in conversation with Declan Hughes!

Date: Thursday 28 May
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Fee:  €18 / €15 IWC Members
Booking via Eventbrite
Dennis Lehane, novelist, screenwriter and writer-producer, is set to release his latest novel World Gone By (Little, Brown) and will be joining us at the Centre to talk about this latest endeavour, writing for print and screen and will reveal all about the much discussed Love/Hate US adaptation. 
Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. His novels have been translated into more than 30 languages and have become international bestsellers and include Mystic RiverGone Baby GoneDarkness Take My Hand and Moonlight Mile. His most recent work World Gone By, a psychologically and morally complex novel set in World War II was published March 2015. Three of his novels - Mystic RiverGone Baby Gone and Shutter Island - have been adapted into award-winning films.
Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire and is a writer-producer on the fourth season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. His filmThe Drop features James Gandolfini in his last movie role. It has recently been reported in the press that Dennis has been approached to adapt the Irish crime drama Love/Hate for a US cable television network.

Dennis will be interviewed by writer and playwright Declan Hughes

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Where does the time go??

Where does the time go??? 

9 days editing at the lovely Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig.

A full day crime writing workshop at the Irish Writers Centre​ on Saturday.

Time spent with grandchildren on Sunday.

A visit to the dentist to discuss root canal work scheduled for next week on Monday.

Catching up with work after time away.

A day or two with painkillers and more editing.

Then early flight with Jackie Walsh​ to go to Crimefest Bristol​ on Friday morning.

....oh yes, that's where some of it went.....

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! 



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