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A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 1w ago

Summer Reading has begun

There are lots of recommendations for summer reading including some good ones from Anna Carey in The Irish Times here. I’ve got the wonderful George Saunders on my list myself but for the mo...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 2W ago

Reflections on my time as Community-Writer-In-Residence

I’m delighted to feature in today’s Irish Times – a reflection on my time as community writer-in-resident with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, thanks to the Irish Writers’ Centre and Dublin C...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 3W ago

View from the edge: on drafting and editing

Annie Dillard in her wonderful book on writing The Writing Life reminds us that For writing a first draft requires from the writer a peculiar internal state which ordinary life does not indu...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 1M ago

Facilitating Creative Writing – – Creating Energy

One of the things that many writers do is teach – or, as I prefer to see it, facilitate. I work with adults and young people and enjoy the dynamics of working with different groups, both lar...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 2M ago

When an actor reads your work….

When an actor reads your work, it brings a new element and gives new life to the words. The gap between my intention as writer and the understanding of the characters, and their intentions s...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 2M ago

Because I Do….The Writing Life, This Craft of Creativity

I’m deep in a long writing project and alternating between writing, researching, and writing some more. It is growing – slowly – but still growing. On the days when I am wondering why I am d...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 3M ago

Collaboration & Community: Artists & Writers

I was delighted to be asked to participate in preparatory creative writing workshops with Clogh Writers as part of their collaborative project Handling Fossils with visual artist Sarah Linco...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 3M ago

Community Writer-In-Residence: Celebrating Creativity

What a great day yesterday on International Women’s Day where we marked the end of my Community Writer-in-Residence post at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. We listened to some wonderful women...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 4M ago

Wisdom in the Old of yesterday; Lessons for the Young of today

I’ve recently returned to an old hobby of mine: actively looking for rare books on topics of interest, and savouring them like you would a delicious slice of exuberant cake. This week’s find...
A Girl's Writing Is Never Done · 5M ago

Serendipity and The Writing Life

Serendipity often occurs when we’re in writing mode. When you’re in that deep place of the story. Doing the shopping, selecting lettuce, or fish, for dinner and the narrator’s voice is runni...