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Feb 22

Food as Storytelling: An Irish Literary Brunch #ULCWFest 2018

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be hosting a literary brunch as part of the UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School University of Limerick (#ULCWFest). Previously held in New York City, this is the first year that the hugely popular summer school has located itself in the city of its fondly-remembered patron, Frank McCourt. This year it’s […]

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Jan 31

Restaurant Review: Clodagh’s Kitchen, Arnotts, Dublin

I’m not the most prolific shopper in our family.  That honour goes to my husband, who delights in the entire shopping ritual.  He loves the frisson of excitement when entering the store, the delight in finding some sartorial treasure, even the transformative promise of the changing room.  And so it was we found ourselves taking advantage […]

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Jan 28

Recipe: Homemade Basil Pesto

I’ve had enough of the short, dark days, and cold, wet weather. I’m heartily fed up of soups, stews and casseroles (and so is my waistline). I’m leaning so far into the upcoming spring that I’m in danger of time-travelling.  So I’ve decided to start cooking like winter is over already, and nothing imbues a […]

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Book Review: Slow at Work, by Aoife McElwain

There are few tag-lines more attractive to me than this one: ‘How to work less, achieve more and regain your balance in an always-on world’.   With her book ‘Slow at Work’, Aoife McElwain is writing for our generation, the one with plates so full we’re in danger of bringing the whole Greek wedding down. She […]

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University of Limerick / Frank McCourt Summer School 2017

Hard as it is to believe, it’s been nearly a year since I travelled to New York to participate in the inaugural UL Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School.   As it was the first of its kind, we weren’t sure what to expect, but our bravery was very well-rewarded.   Our time at New York […]

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News: Launch of ‘Introducing Narrative 4 Ireland’ in the University of Limerick

Creative Writing at UL and Narrative 4 present IMPAC AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST COLUM McCANN Author of Let the Great World Spin INTRODUCING NARRATIVE 4 IRELAND Wednesday, November 5, 2014 5pm – 6pm Lecture Theatre KBG 12 in the Kemmy Business School with JOSEPH O’CONNOR: UL Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing and Honorary Member, N4 Narrative […]

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Call for Submissions: The Ogham Stone Literary Journal

I have the great fortune and privilege (more on that at a later stage) to study Creative Writing at the University of Limerick and part of this very interesting course is the production of a literary journal. No ordinary university print, this journal (to be launched in 2014) will feature fine artwork, short stories, flash […]

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Recipe: Porcini and Chicken Rigatoni with White Truffle Oil

Having been tempted to try a little truffle oil while on holidays recently, I was instantly hooked and set about trying to buy a bottle of this fiercely flavoursome stuff.   I came across two types really; what looked like barely fragranced olive oil and what was going to cost the same as a mortgage payment. […]

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Book Review: Delightful Dublin by Emily Westbrooks

* Full disclosure – Emily Westbrooks is a dear friend so if I come across all Kanye West-ish (it’s earth-shattering / history-changing / work of a modern god) you know why.  But apart from that, it really is fabulous.  Honestly. Arriving to our shores some six years ago, Emily Westbrooks will admit that she wasn’t […]

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Book Review: That Part Was True by Deborah McKinley

I described this on Twitter as being an easy, light-hearted summer read, and I still think that’s the most accurate, albeit concise description I can come up with for ‘That Part Was True’ by Deborah McKinley. Set over a short period, this is very much a brief snapshot of two lives, told partly through letters […]

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