Bank Holiday Hurricane – stories

So, I have some fantastic news I've been sitting on for months now... Doire Press will be publishing my debut short story collection next month. It's all happening very quickly since we got the backing from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Of course it means an awful lot to have that support, and the [...]

The Buoys that Keep Us Up

When I first decided to start blogging, I thought I'd write about things that tick me off (and they are numerous). I also thought that blogging would allow me say what I wanted to say in more characters than twitter, but I can't be arsed, in truth. The world is already a grey place at the [...]

It’s Been a While…

It's been a busy couple of months for me and a while since I've blogged! (Promise I haven't been ignoring you 😉 ) Since February I've had an absolute blast working on identity-themed creative writing workshops with a lovely group of people at Sally Gardens Community Centre in Poleglass, as part of the John Hewitt [...]

Loud Women

Remember this? You were at school and the majority of the writers on the English Lit syllabus were old (or, most probably, deceased) males. The only women were…I don’t know, Harper Lee? Elizabeth Barrett Browning? If you were a young girl who aspired to write you were hardly convinced that it could really happen. Not [...]

Where is the Truth in True Crime Documentaries?

Twenty years on from the death of 6 year-old JonBenét Ramsey in her Colorado home on Christmas night, no one has been brought to justice. Watching the recent two-part documentary The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, you could believe you know who the culprit is. Unlike previous documentaries, The Case of leans toward the insider (family member) [...]