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  • New Year Events 2018

    Happy New Year one and all. It’s been a while since I’ve been here – it’s been a very busy few months with events around the publication of The Watch House and Female Lines …

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    January 2, 2018
  • Cover 'The Watch House'

    Launch of The Watch House

    Now that the dust has settled a little on the publication of The Watch House, I thought it would be a good time for an update.  Here are some upcoming events. It would be…

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    August 24, 2017
  • Cover 'The Watch House'

    The Watch House

    Here it is: the cover of my new novel, The Watch House (previously known by several titles, more latterly as The Book), which will be published by Tinder Press on 10th August 2017. I’m…

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    June 29, 2017
  • The Glass Shore, The Female Line

    I am delighted to say that The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland won Best Irish-Published Book at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in Dublin last…

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    November 21, 2016
  • I submit

    When we were small and the likes of Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy were to be found on our TV screen, bouncing off the ropes of a wrestling ring and slamming heads off the…

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    September 22, 2016
  • Cover 'The Butterfly Cabinet'

    New cover reveal

    Here it is: the redesigned cover for the new edition of The Butterfly Cabinet which comes out in the autumn of this year from Tinder Press. This is, incredibly, the eighth cover that the…

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    July 20, 2016
  • Photo of Paper Manuscript

    Reasons to be Cheerful

    This may be the most boring photograph you’ll see this year but bear with me, it’s kind of exciting for me. It’s an image of the shelf in my writing room that holds the…

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    February 22, 2016
  • Photo of Daffodils

    On not finishing

    The daffodils have come and gone another year and still work continues on the current novel manuscript. I recently read an interview by Vincent Scarpa with US writer Laura van den Berg entitled A…

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    April 13, 2015