Writers Chat 24: Helen O’Leary on “The Heart Stone”.

Helen, You are very welcome to my WRITERS CHAT series. Many congratulations on the publication of your first novel The Heart Stone (Millbrook Press: Kildare, 2019). You write both short and long fiction and have won a number of prizes for your work, the most recent being the Michael Mullan Short Story prize -  many congratulations! … Continue reading Writers Chat 24: Helen O’Leary on “The Heart Stone”.

Summer Time Reading: A consideration

This summer I'm trying something new - reading (almost) entirely on Kindle. Yes, as a lover of first editions, beautiful hardbacks and the feel of books, I can't quite believe it! Travelling light is part of this decision, as is the newly found ability to highlight and email the highlights to myself! I'm sure this … Continue reading Summer Time Reading: A consideration

Composting, Baking, Walking: Growing Narratives

Natalie Goldberg has written a lot about the concept of composting (in publications such as Wild Mind, and Writing Down The Bones) and creative practice. So it's about letting ideas filter, allowing characters to grow, permitting narratives to form at their own pace. Psychologists (such as Sternberg and Lubart) have analysed the role of creativity in society … Continue reading Composting, Baking, Walking: Growing Narratives