The art of the short story

On Friday, 16th November, the always excellent Dublin Book Festival held a standing-room-only event at the National Library. It was further proof, if such were needed, of Ireland’s ongoing [...]

Arlen House: Launch of Three New Books

Last Tuesday, 18th September, Arlen House launched three new books at the Irish Writers’ Centre. I was invited to send these new creations out into the world, and what a pleasurable task it was.

From Prague to Livorno, via Dublin

The window of the room where I write gives directly onto the narrow street outside. I like the comfort of seeing people walk past. It feels companionable, neighbourly.

Summer Festivals 2018

What a summer it has been. And no, I don’t just mean the amazing weather that we’ve been having in Ireland for months now. The sort of weather that has made some of us long for a bit of rain, to [...]

Fuori Luogo in Asti: 24th March

It’s a beautiful, light-filled morning when I arrive in Asti. I’ve been a guest of the Fuori Luogo Festival once before, when it was held in the tranquil surroundings of San Damiano.

Reflections of a reluctant rugby fan

In the run-up to Saturday’s match against Scotland, and the one against England on St Patrick’s Day: here are the reflections of a reluctant rugby fan.