Category Archives: On Writing

Martina Devlin: On Writing Truth and Dare

(Martina Devlin talks about her latest book, a collection of short stories: Truth And Dare: Short Stories about Women Who Shaped Ireland) * LM: Why did you decide to write fiction about these real historical figures, rather than historical/biographical accounts? Martina … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: Write the Book You Want to Read? by Nuala O’Connor

It’s a treat for me to host a guest blog by Nuala O’Connor – who has featured in earlier blogposts as Nuala Ní Chonchúir – to mark the publication of her new novel Becoming Belle, a historical novel set (mostly) in … Continue reading

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Nicole Krauss in dlr LexIcon with Nadine O’Regan (28.08.2017)

Nicole Krauss was in Dun Laoghaire this week to promote her new novel, Forest Dark.  Nadine O’Regan (NOR) opened the conversation by remarking on how young Nicole Krauss (NK) was when she began to publish fiction and how quickly success came … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Strout at ILFD 2017 (with Sinéad Gleeson)

No one could accuse Elizabeth Strout of being an overnight success.  Encouraged by her mother, she started writing as a child. That, she says, got her thinking about sentences. She started sending stories out when she was 16 but her … Continue reading

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Ann Patchett at dlr LexIcon

(Interviewed by Edel Coffey) Ann Patchett was good fun at the LexIcon last night.  She love-bombed her audience from the beginning and it has to be said, the audience was primed and more than happy to love her back.  It … Continue reading

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Sara Baume & Claire-Louise Bennett at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios

The excellent Susan Tomaselli (ST), editor of Gorse, introduced the two writers as part of what she describes as TBG&S’s ‘unique and exploratory’ programme supporting different kinds of writing. TBG&S’s own blurb for the event says that their New Writing Commission aims … Continue reading

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Quote for today

Festival season is here. I was trawling through notes and wishing I could be more organised when I came across this quote from George Orwell, so brilliant I had to post it: ‘Ready-made phrases are the prefabricated strips of words that come crowding in … Continue reading

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