for writers and readers….

Calling Writers on the Island of Ireland – mentoring programme

YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK for this one as the deadline is Thursday 22 July 2021. Yes, this Thursday – and the cut off point isn’t 5pm or the more … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Happy Halloween – an Irish festival

Halloween dates back at least two thousand years to the Celtic festival of Samhain marking the start of winter, a cold, dark and dangerous time.  It began at sunset on … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 8 Comments

If you want to write a dystopia start with this map…

This fictional map shows what the British Isles might look like in 2100 if sea levels rise and are 100 meters higher than they were in 2000. The artist/cartographer Jay … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 16 Comments


THE BLUE MAN OPENED HIS EYES AND SAID….  I took the photograph in Mill Cove House in Castletownbere, West Cork in 2010. The art gallery and cafe are surrounded by … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Up for grabs – £30,00 bursary to launch your creative career

Ideas Tap and Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are awarding five £30,000 bursaries to talented artists aged 18-30 from the UK and Ireland. In addition to the bursary, winners are also paired … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

READING LIKE A WRITER – putting rhythm into prose

“Words have music and if you are a musician you will write to hear them” – E.L. Doctorow Rhythm isn’t the sole preserve of poets or musicians – prose writers … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Now Showing: Writers Web TV

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September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Going on holiday this year? Read a novel about your destination for free

  I love reading fiction about places I know, have visited or plan to visit and TRIPFICTION is a one stop shop to find out what’s available. You can search … Continue reading

April 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) SEAN O’ CASEY

HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY “Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Watch an Irish Winter Solstice

Tomorrow Friday 21st December 2012 at  8.45am (GMT) you can watch the dawn sunshine of the shortest day of the year light up the interior of an ancient temple  on … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

The next Christmas bestseller

‘A Week in Winter‘  is a 464-page book of interlinked short stories about the people staying at an old hotel on the west coast of Ireland. As Maeve Binchy’s last … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · Leave a comment