August Is a Wicked Month

‘August Is a Wicked Month’ according to Edna O’Brien. And September, which has just begun, should be called the Busy Month. Before the Julian Calendar in 45 BC, September used to be the seventh [...]

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 [...]