Poem of the Month, Poetry, Writing

Poem of The Month – The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus

This month's poem is inspired by both a trip during August to Northern Ireland, my journey of DNA discovery, and the depressing news cycle we watched when we (rarely) turned on the TV to catch the news while taking in the magnificent Causeway coast. I recently had my DNA ancestry traced on 23andMe and discovered that… Continue reading Poem of The Month – The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus

Poem of the Month, Poetry, Writing

Poem of The Month – Cave Hill, by Alice Milligan

We lived on a road at the base of the massive outcrop in the picture above which is, of course, Cave Hill. Straddling the skyline of North Belfast, it was immortalised by Jonathan Swift as a Sleeping Giant. The best panoramic views of the city and Belfast lough are from the peak by McArt's Fort, or… Continue reading Poem of The Month – Cave Hill, by Alice Milligan

My writing, Reading and Books, Writing

May/June Update -Breaks and Pauses

...And the blackbird's tune, And May, and June!                               - De Gustibus, Robert Browning I've added a lot of tags to this post; my four weeks away from writing and blogging generated quite a few thoughts and ideas, as well as… Continue reading May/June Update -Breaks and Pauses

My writing, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing

NaPoWriMo Day 14 – Philomena

Philomena Who's in that house there, look? I thought I saw a light flickering in the empty rooms; who'd be in there late on Saturday night? Who's in that house there - that wee house belongs to my dad! No one lives there now. Should we go and check it's nothing bad? Who's in that… Continue reading NaPoWriMo Day 14 – Philomena

Helen's Bay, County Down, Northern Ireland
Poem of the Month, Poetry

Poem of the Month -Neither an Elegy Nor a Manifesto, by John Hewitt

I've just discovered the poetry of Belfast-born writer John Hewitt, which is a shocking oversight for someone writing a novel based in Belfast during the Troubles.  But then his name is somewhat overshadowed by those other dazzling Northern Irish luminaries:  Seamus Heaney, Louis MacNeice, CS Lewis and Frank Ormsby. I read the poem below and… Continue reading Poem of the Month -Neither an Elegy Nor a Manifesto, by John Hewitt

Poem of the Month, Poetry

Poem of The Month – Naming of Parts, by Henry Reed

This month's poem of the month came to me during a work meeting recently; it was a somewhat attenuated review of some annual targets, and the use of jargon and corporate buzz words led my gaze to fall from the screen and out of the window to the street below. Students from the nearby university… Continue reading Poem of The Month – Naming of Parts, by Henry Reed

Poem of the Month, Poetry

Poem of the Month – The Journey, by Mary Oliver

I've just created this new regular feature for 2019, after re-reading some of my favourite poems; it occurred to me that I'd discovered many of them by browsing around online on all sorts of sites, literary and otherwise. Some of these poems have become touchstones in my life,  and I revisit them regularly to refresh… Continue reading Poem of the Month – The Journey, by Mary Oliver

My writing, Publishing and Self Publishing, Writing

They Loved My Writing – But Turned it Down. When Constructive Criticism is More Valuable Than Publication

I'm not going to list out all the famous authors who had to persist through dozens of rejections until their magnum opus was snapped up. And I'm not going to name that Decca manager who rejected the Beatles as a passé guitar group on their way out. I'm not even going to dwell on Stephen… Continue reading They Loved My Writing – But Turned it Down. When Constructive Criticism is More Valuable Than Publication

My writing, Reading and Books, The Battle of Watling Street, Writing

Successful Historical Fiction – Interview with M.K.Tod

"The themes and tropes that interest, inspire or worry us are timeless" At her historical fiction blog, A Writer of History, author and blogger M.K.Tod (Mary) recently posed a series of questions to readers, and bloggers on the subject of what constitutes successful historical fiction. The questions posed by Mary were: What’s your definition of successful historical fiction?… Continue reading Successful Historical Fiction – Interview with M.K.Tod

Writing

Flash Fiction October 2016 – “Between”

I admit it, I'm currently on a real kick for Horror fiction in general and HP Lovecraft in particular. Maybe it's the time of year; the evenings draw in, there's a catch in your breath from the cold air, it's Halloween season, and your thoughts turn to cosmic horror and undying gods beyond the stars and… Continue reading Flash Fiction October 2016 – “Between”