In Difficult Times…

In difficult times, literature can be a respite or a road map, fiction can offer a way forward or a means of escape, and poetry can be a pronouncement or a poultice. This is what the Paris Review (233) editorial note by Emily Nemens reminds us. It is to literature that we turn. In need … Continue reading In Difficult Times…

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