Category Archives: On Writing

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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Better Late ….? Salon Nights @ DLR #3: Stinging Fly (2nd December, 2015)

Delays to this post included one fried computer, replacement, re-installation. Need I say more?  Selina Guinness was in conversation with editors Declan Meade and Thomas Morris (who’s also a writer) and writers Cathy Sweeney & Danielle MacLaughlin. In her opening remarks, SG remarked … Continue reading

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Salon Nights @ DLR #2 (GORSE)

Two comments stood out for me at the second Salon organised by Dun Laoghaire writer-in-residence Selina Guinness (4th November). Susan Tomaselli, editor of the fabulous Gorse literary journal, had invited Joanna Walsh and Claire Louise Bennett to join her on … Continue reading

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Worth Less? Some thoughts on the devaluation of writing by women

This piece was first broadcast on Arena (RTÉ Radio One) on 27th October 2015 * Recently I asked a friend what she thinks about anthologies of writing by women. Wouldn’t they be worth less than other anthologies? was her – … Continue reading

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What I wish I’d said …

To the woman sitting in the front row at the ISLA festival yesterday, who’s writing a chronicle of grief and asked how to write her pain – I wish I’d got the chance to speak to you after the session, … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction or Prose Poem?

This is what’s exercising my sluggish, rain-soaked brain at the minute: what is the difference between flash fiction and a prose poem? Narrative, you might suggest – as Nessa O’Mahony did, very helpfully, when I posted the question on Twitter … Continue reading

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