Yesterday, I, along with almost 100 other writers, participated in an inspiring Zoom workshop led by the indefatigable Nikesh Shukla during which he shared his insights and advice on mentoring and its importance for writers from marginalised backgrounds. I would like to offer mentorship to one such writer who is working towards their first novel. … Continue reading Mentoring Opportunity for an Emerging Writer
I am overjoyed to share the news that my debut novel, ‘New Girl in Little Cove’ will be published by Harper Collins in 2021. A dream come true! Huge thanks to my amazing agent Hilary McMahon and to acquiring editor Janice Zawerbny. I am also delighted that my novella in flash ‘The Neverlands’ was named … Continue reading Novel & Novella News!
I’m happy to announce that my novella in flash The Neverlands is now available in e-book format on Amazon in the UK, the US, and Canada. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, the links are below. Click here for UK link, here for US and here for Canada. Continue reading My wee book is now an e-book
It’s just over a year since ‘The Neverlands’ was published by V Press and I’ve been so pleased with its reception. The latest good news is that it’s short-listed in the Best Novella category of the 2020 Saboteur Awards. If you enjoyed reading about Mammy and Nuala, I’d love you to vote for it. Click … Continue reading Shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards
I enter the A Story for Daniel writing competition every year, partly to support my friend Gaynor Jones (an amazing writer) who runs the competition and partly because the story of Daniel’s all too brief life is so touching. The competition is designed to remember Daniel and to raise awareness of blood stem cell donation … Continue reading A Story for Daniel, A Recipe to Remember
My Neverlands mosaic flash was named one of the top fifty Best British and Irish Flash Fiction (Biffy 50) 2018-19 by last year’s judges. I’m honoured to be selected as one of four judges (along with fellow flash writers, Emily Devane, Christopher Drew, and Karen Jones) for the Biffy 50 2019-2020. My “season” started at … Continue reading The Biffy 50
I’m excited and delighted to share the news that I’m now represented by Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists in Toronto, Canada. It brings me an important step closer to the dream of seeing my novel Up She Rises in print. Keep chipping away at your dreams, because some day they might just come true. Continue reading I Have an Agent!
It’s publication day for my flash fiction pamphlet ‘The Neverlands’! Huge thanks to Sarah Leavesley at V Press for selecting my manuscript for publication, creating its beautiful cover, and taking such care in the editing process. It’s been a joy to work with Sarah and V Press. I’m thrilled with the generous endorsements I received … Continue reading Publication Day !
After a brief hospitalisation, my mother passed away last year. During a grief filled autumn, I partipated in a ‘micro memoir’ writing workshop with Meg Pokrass. Unsurprisingly, I wrote a few pieces about my mom, one of which has been published by the wonderful Hippocampus Magazine, whose tag line is ‘memorable creative non-fiction.’ I’m touched … Continue reading How to Say Goodbye to Your Mother
Delighted that my micro flash ‘Pinned’ placed second in the Kanturk Arts Festival Flash Fiction competition, judged by the wonderful Irish writer Nuala O’Connor. Congratulations to winner Sean Mackel and to Michelle Walshe who placed third. All three stories can be read here. (image courtesy Kanturk Arts Festival) Continue reading ‘Pinned’ wins second place