I’m extremely happy to have my short story “Box” published in the latest issue of The Liminal Review
The variety of Irish literary journals may suggest there’s no shortage of avenues open for any writer operating in Ireland to publish their work, but as anyone trying to be published knows, the greater the number of journals, the greater the competition. So, it’s hugely gratifying when any journal decides to publish your work.
Please, if you can, enjoy my work, and the work of all of the contributors.
It really has been a shitty few years. There’s no other way of putting it. From the global pandemic to the personal and private, there’s no other way of describing it.
In an effort to bring some semblance of a return to ‘normal’ life, I was finally able to return to the writing retreat at Circle of Missé in France.
To once again be looked after so well by Aaron and Wayne, and to live, temporarily at least, as a writer, was a huge balm to the soul.
It was great to return, even after three years it felt like stepping back into a comfortable home, and it was so nice to share the space with other writers, to eat, to drink, to talk, and to get a lot of work done.
I managed to get nearly 18k words written of a novel I’m working on. The week gave me the realisation that most of these words will be edited out, but in putting them down I have the foundation to pare it all down to the important words I need, so nothing is wasted.
I also got to see these two small paintings on a shelf on the top floor landing, which I think I’ve been haunted by for the last three years in one way or another (painted by a friend of the owners).
As with any attempt to reconnect with the pre-2020 world, there are times when you just have to reflect on those losses that hurt the most.
But the trip was, as I said, a balm for the soul, and of course I got to meet the new queen of Missé, Chips!
When it comes to finding titles for my short stories, I often end up using little semi-cryptic words or phrases that have no meaning beyond private ones for me based on a memory or something they inspire. The alternative is just as likely to be a piece of music that I feel has some resonance with the story. That’s the case here, where listening to the song ‘We Will Sin Together’ by Jehnny Beth seemed the perfect fit for what I was trying to do.
For St. Patrick’s Day this year, the arts organisation Solas Nua, based in Washington D.C. have published View Source online, a collection of contemporary writing from Ireland, as suggested by some of the leading Irish literary journals.
My short story, Butterfly, has been included, as nominated by gorse.
The story will also appear in the next print issue of gorse.
Thanks must go to gorse, for nominating my piece, Fallow Media, for curating the collection, and Tom Roseingrave, who provides the narration, and background sounds
I’m delighted to have made the shortlist for the Büro BDP Writing Prize 2020.
The prize is run by Broken Dimanche, an independent English-language publisher based in Berlin.
I’m not sure when the prize will be announced, and considering the Covid-19 situation both in Ireland and Germany, I suspect any plans the publisher may have had when they invited submissions will have changed radically in the intervening months.
Still, it’s great to be nominated for such a prize.