Vegetable Roll, courtesy of McCartneys of Moira
And The Buntings Flew, Food, Reading and Books, Writing

8 Foods of Ulster featured in “And The Buntings Flew”

I recently read a great article in the Guardian Food in Books series by blogger Kate at The Little Library Cafe; - you can read the latest article here. Kate writes about the food that features in some of her favourite books, and she often recreates recipes for foods as described in such classics as To… Continue reading 8 Foods of Ulster featured in “And The Buntings Flew”

And The Buntings Flew, Language & Dialect, My writing, Writing

Writing With “Norn Iron” Words & Phrases

Wikipedia defines Norn Iron as "an informal and affectionate local nickname used... to refer to Northern Ireland, derived from the pronunciation of the words "Northern Ireland" in an exaggerated Ulster accent (particularly one from the greater Belfast area). The phrase is seen as a lighthearted way to refer to Northern Ireland, based as it is on… Continue reading Writing With “Norn Iron” Words & Phrases

"Banshee" by W.H. Brooke - http://www.archive.org/details/fairylegendstrad00crokrich. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banshee.jpg#/media/File:Banshee.jpg
And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing, Writing Tools

Banshees, Birds and Synchronicity in the Creative Process

I try to ensure I always have the means of making a note close to hand; Evernote on my phone and tablet, a notebook and pen in my bag, a voice record option on my phone. Post-it note pads everywhere. You never know when a great idea will spring to mind! But sometimes circumstances prevent me… Continue reading Banshees, Birds and Synchronicity in the Creative Process

Detail from the author's bookcase
And The Buntings Flew, Reading and Books

What I Read in 2015 and My 2016 Reading Challenge

Firstly, I'd like to belatedly wish my readers and fellow bloggers a very happy, healthy, successful and productive New Year! I read a great post today by Donna at a little bird tweets about reading lists for this year and last; I decided that I need a similar challenge for 2016, so here's my list of what I did… Continue reading What I Read in 2015 and My 2016 Reading Challenge

2015 Writing Review: margaretmcgoverne.com
And The Buntings Flew, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reading and Books, Writing

My 2015 Writing Review (and plans for 2016!)

When I was younger, I heartily disliked New Year's Eve; for my mother, it was a time of looking back and rehashing old tragedies, old regrets. She cried without fail, and to younger me this was painful and put a real pall over the end of the year. But I've learned that like Janus, the Roman… Continue reading My 2015 Writing Review (and plans for 2016!)

Things growing in my garden
And The Buntings Flew, Writing, Writing Tools

Sowing the Seeds: What Being a Gardener Has Taught Me About Writing

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. (Robert Louis Stevenson)   It's not an original idea,  just a homely little blog post, but I keep thinking about how becoming a gardener who can actually grow things is a useful metaphor for how I'm becoming a writer who… Continue reading Sowing the Seeds: What Being a Gardener Has Taught Me About Writing

And The Buntings Flew, Writing, Writing Tools

25,000 words…

"When I write a novel I'm writing about my own life; I'm writing a biography almost, always. And to make it look like a novel I either have a murder or a death at the end" (Beryl Bainbridge) That's it, I've clocked up 25,900 words as at the end of last night, which is just… Continue reading 25,000 words…

And The Buntings Flew, Reading and Books

Novels That Explore Growing Up in Northern Ireland During The Troubles

I'm currently writing up chapter six of my novel, And The Buntings Flew, and its taking a long time; too long. I plan to end the chapter with the first major plot development, but I'm stuck on a descriptive section; something about what I was writing was bothering me, making progress slow. I've had to undertake quite a bit of research for this chapter, including remapping… Continue reading Novels That Explore Growing Up in Northern Ireland During The Troubles

And The Buntings Flew, My writing, Writing

It’s Been a While… News (And Micro Fiction Published!) Update

Dear Constant Reader, Firstly, apologies for this blog being a non-event recently; I'm only just recovering from a particularly long-winded chest infection during which writing of any form dwindled to nothing as my constant phlegmy cough precluded everything but itself. But I'm back in the saddle - I'm finishing off chapter 6 of And The… Continue reading It’s Been a While… News (And Micro Fiction Published!) Update

And The Buntings Flew, Grammar, Language & Dialect, Reading and Books, Writing

And it started with “And”

""And it stoned me"" (Van Morrison, 1970) The title of my novel in progress is And The Buntings Flew. It's a title I agonised over for a long time, so I'm not surprised when some people ask me, why does a self-confessed Grammar Prig have as the first word in the title of her first book, such… Continue reading And it started with “And”