Journal

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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Recipe: Spiralized Courgette (Zucchini) with Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper, Basil and Tomato Sauce

Suffering from a love for gadgets inherited from my father and readily indulged by my husband, my most recent folly is a spiralizer. A what-ilizer? I hear you say. Well, let me explain. It’s the latest in my formidable arsenal of weapons against fat. I’ve tried everything (except regular exercise and healthy eating, obviously) to […]

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Book Review: ‘Sisterland’ by Curtis Sittenfeld

Well, I just finished ‘Sisterland‘ and if – and it’s a big ‘if’ – I ever run a marathon, I’m pretty sure I’ll feel the same way. Exhausted. It’s essentially a book about twin sisters who have a vague ability to predict the future. One becomes a flaky hippie, hawking her ability as something of […]

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Recipe: Cheap & Easy Kedgeree

An old fashioned colonial recipe, the recipe for kedgeree supposedly evolved from the Englishman’s love of kippers for breakfast, enlivened by the wonderful array of spices and rice available in India. A healthy, fast, and very cheap dish, I can’t believe we don’t see it touted more often by health food nuts or indeed frugal […]

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Arts: Georgian Pop-Up Museum – Limerick’s Oldest Home Exhibition

It’s not often my husband comes home wanting to visit a museum, but that is indeed what happened last week, when he read in the local paper of a pop-up museum in Limerick’s oldest home. No. 55 Rutland Street was built circa 1760 as one of the first grand merchants’ homes opposite the Custom House […]

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