BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

What inspires us – Seamus Heaney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

‘Inspiration…it’s a large ancient word. It means something that tempts you, that suggests you could go ahead – a little flicker of energy. It doesn’t need to be dramatic, just … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Seamus Heaney answers the age-old question: does poetry change anything? QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I can’t think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people’s understanding of what’s going on in the world. Seamus Heaney

May 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

Seamus Heaney on falling in love with verbal music — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I was getting my first sense of crafting words and for one reason or another, words as bearers of history and mystery began to invite me. Maybe it began very … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 4 Comments

Valentine’s Day – love without the claptrap….

The origins: The Oxford University Press Blog cites three possible sources. Valentine of Terni, martyred circa AD 197, for his Christianity. Another possible origin, Valentine of Rome, circa AD 289, … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · 4 Comments

I’m mad about this – hope you are too

News this weekend that GCSE examining boards are going to drop American classics such as Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mocking Bird, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Arthur … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Seamus Heaney

I can’t think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people’s understanding of what’s going on in the world – Seamus Heaney … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

DO YOU KNOW what connects infants and poets?

Infans comes from the Latin for unspeaking. The infant is the one who can’t speak and Seamus Heaney argues that all good poems are gathered in silence. Here he is … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 4 Comments