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February Blog: The Devils You Need to Know

This year seems intent on flying by at the speed of light. That’s no bad thing but I’m slightly shocked that March begins in a few days’ time. February followed quickly on the tail of January and seemed to vanish before my very eyes. Regardless, it is what is it and I am where I am. Smock Allies Scene +…

January Blog: Hope Springs Eternal

No rest for the wicked. Well, perhaps a little bit of rest for the wicked. This month has been a total whirlwind and it’s probably the first time ever I can say that it’s absolutely flown by. January can have a tendency to drag its heels but 2018 really hit the ground running for me. I’ve been very busy in…

December Blog: A Journey of One’s Own

The end of the year is always a time to reflect on the preceding twelve months, as well as look forward with hope to the coming year. I want to end 2017 on a positive note, so while I’m not exactly where’d I like to be from a writing perspective (as well as several other areas of my life), I…

Five Favourites of 2017

The following shows are selected from those that I saw and reviewed over the last 12 months. There are plenty of shows that I didn’t get to see and lots that I saw for my own viewing pleasure rather than to review. Of those I reviewed, and in no particular order, here are my Five Favourites of 2017:   Shackelton. …

November Blog: Freedom to Create

November started with some much needed good news and encouragement. Having applied for a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony in September I was notified that I am going to be a MacDowell Fellow in Literature next year. Needless to say I am absolutely delighted about this and it couldn’t be better timing. The MacDowell Colony is a multidisciplinary artist residency…

October Blog: Loftus Leanings

The curtains have downed on the major theatre festivals for this year and I have to say the overall standard this year was very good. Of the many shows I reviewed, and the ones I attended for my own pleasure, there were some real dazzling gems. That’s not to say that there weren’t a few duds in the mix either…

September Blog: Pictures of the Past

Day 2 of the novel masterclass with Mia Gallagher was hugely beneficial to me. It was great to meet up with the other writers again and to hear how everyone’s work was progressing. The day itself helped me to put things into perspective and to explore what I had achieved as well as formulate a plan for going forward. For…

August Blog: Toward the end of August

I’m back on the old sod now and it feels like a lifetime ago that I was stateside. The summer and my time in Maryland and DC went by so quickly that I’ve barely had time to gather myself before moving on to the next thing.  I finally got all most of the spelling mistakes in Attrition corrected, which meant…

July Blog: Good Morning Baltimore

I’m in the USA for almost a month now and what a hectic time it’s been. My plan to blog mid-month didn’t come to fruition, so I’m writing this blog on a Baltimore bound train and will post as soon as I can find some precious WiFi. My trip to the US started with editing at 40000 feet and that…

June Blog: Does Not Compute

After May’s novel master class with Mia Gallagher I was wholly enthused about my second novel Attrition. Mia was the jab in the arm I sorely needed. I set about reading over my first draft to date but was hit with an issue within the first few thousand words; atrocious spelling. Some of it was so bad that it was difficult…