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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Book Review: ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson and ‘The Edge of Tomorrow’ feat. Emily Blunt & Tom Cruise….

**Possible Spoilers** It’s not a sentence I thought I’d ever type, but the recent Emily Blunt / Tom Cruise film ‘The Edge of Tomorrow’ reminded me hugely of Kate Atkinson’s prize-winning novel, ‘Life After Life’. Imagine that you could re-live your life over and over again, learning to avoid dangerous obstacles and people, so that […]

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Listening vs Reading: Audiobooks

In our house, we’re well-versed in the world of audiobooks as they are the reason why our family holidays are successful. I love to read books (well, duh) but my husband doesn’t.  It’s not the books themselves mind you, it’s just the physical act of reading sentence after sentence for three hundred pages – his […]

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Writing Competition: Fish Anthology Flash Fiction

If you’ve made it this far into a site about books and writing, you’ve no doubt heard of the Fish Anthologies. Well respected as a launching board for many of Ireland’s best known writers, Fish Publishing have hosted annual competitions for years, with the winners featuring in their popular anthologies. There’s still a little bit […]

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Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien

I once made an absolute eejit of myself in a room full of local writers by wondering out loud why Limerick didn’t have a literary festival like Waterford, Listowel, Cork and all the rest. It turns out that Limerick very much does have an annual literary festival, except it was called the Kate O’Brien weekend […]

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