Tag: Poetry

April Blog: Unexpected Poems

The second draft of Attrition is progressing well, although I’ve been re-reading it more than re-writing it at present. This is the part of the process where I veer from hating it to loving it on the flip of a coin. There’s a lot of note taking involved. Some of it is just tightening up the topography of the story…

June Blog: Be Kind

Once again the time has flown by since last month’s blog. I’m now, thankfully, a lot more mobile and have started physiotherapy for my broken foot. I’m also down to one crutch and weaning off that, so it’s all going in the right direction. I returned to my day job this week and after not being there for three months…

January Blog: Waving At The Air

The end of January brings a sigh of relief with it and, while it’s not hugely different to 2016, the awful post-Christmas gloom seems to be on its way out. I’ve been busy working on my second novel, Attrition, which is admittedly taking longer than expected to get the first draft completed. Thankfully, this is because the story has really…

December Blog: Are We There Yet?

I think it’s time to admit that I won’t have a first draft of my second novel, Attrition, completed by the end of the year. That’s okay to be honest. It’s not exactly gone to plan but I’ve still got so much more done than I had a few months ago and I will have the first draft done by…

Review: Ancient Rain

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Director: Chris Drummond Composers: Paul Kelly, Feargal Murray, Camille O’Sullivan Inspired by last 100 years of Irish poetry and centring around the theme of the four elements, Ancient Rainprovides an aural exploration of Ireland’s past and present. Poetry ranging from Seamus Heaney to Paula Meehan is used as a platform from…

August Blog: Ripe Fruit

August has me in a reflective mood, probably with the upcoming harvest season. Even though I live in the city, it is still a primordial feeling that is inescapable. The small crab apples are already beginning to fruit in Four Masters Park and the end-of-summer flowers hold onto their final moments of glory. To be fair, I love autumn and…

May Blog: Poetry and Patience

May feels as though it was a marathon month and as it comes to an end I have to admit I’m feeling a little exhausted. But it’s all good. I took some time off at the beginning of the month of focus on my novel, Bitten By A Dog On Tuesday, and that proved to be very fruitful. I met…

April Blog: Queen of the Isles

Crickey, nearly a month since my last blog and it’s been an odd one! I paid a little visit to the Channel Islands earlier this month, for reasons I need not go into here, except to say that it was a useful trip and my long term affair with the Channel Islands continues unabated. I did find the perfect writing…

February Blog: Black, White, & In-between

  For the shortest month in the calendar February certainly seems to be dragging it’s heels this year. Does the one extra day really make that much of a difference? I’ve been entering lots of writing competitions this month and, as I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, the deadlines are very useful but it is easy to get too caught…