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April 9, 2016

It has been a fine cut of a year.

 

One hardback, one paperback, a wee clutch of short stories, an essay or two, an Irish Times Book Club, a generous scattering of lovely literary festivals, one blinding anthology, longlists and shortlists, a bunch of clever questions, a...

September 29, 2015

Look! Look at this beautiful thing!

 

 

OK, so it could be said that I think it's beautiful because I am in it (which . . . uh, sounds vaguely masculine) but that is not the case. I mean look at it. LOOK AT IT.


One is not meant to admit to such things, but I greatly enjoy...

May 5, 2015

Hello buddies! It’s been rather a wonky and wonderful few weeks, doing all sorts of book-related waffling, going here and there and eventually back again, and reading the very kind reviews of various people WHO AREN’T EVEN RELATED TO ME. I think I’ve got a couple of we...

April 10, 2015

A very, very short update as I'm still recalibrating from the Heresies launch (read: two-day hangover). You might not have seen this piece I wrote for the John Murray blog, all about à la carte Catholicism and the Irish psyche. You've seen it now, right? Go on. Have a...

February 4, 2015

 

Hi there, people with novels in them! That’s not a very healthy way to live, going about the gaff with novels stuck in you. Having a novel in you can lead to choking, stomach ulcers, weird bulges where there shouldn’t be bulges and seriously inappropriate manifesto-tr...

February 3, 2015

Written November 2011

 

 

I’m much better on page than in person. I hate phone calls. I hate meetings. I love emails, tweets and texts. I don’t love letters, because writing anything by hand makes these digital digits feel like they’ve spent an entire victory parade attac...

February 3, 2015

If you’re making a go of a career in the creative arts, common sense would suggest that you’ve got to be pretty sure of yourself. Feedback is important, obviously, because we all like to be told we’re doing the right thing, but feedback will only go as far as to reinfo...

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