Life is funny. I never thought I’d find myself down an old country lane, asking a tatooed mechanic, “Is this the right way for the portal to the Otherworld?” Only in Ireland, as they say. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. As anyone who has read my stories will know, I have a bit… Continue reading Finding The Otherworld
Fame costs, as the 80’s TV show Fame once claimed, in all its leg-warmer glory. You know what else costs? Illegal downloading of books. They might not cost the person downloading them, or the scumbags who stole the content in the first place, but it costs the one person who should really be rewarded for… Continue reading eBooks – The Illegal Download
Missy Elliot may have been the first woman to rap about flipping and reversing, but in her book, The Power, Naomi Alderman takes this to a whole new level, writing a story of gender role reversal for a new generation, that has won her The Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction. This is such a thought-provoking,… Continue reading The Power
The other day I read a tweet about preparing for festival season. I assumed that it was related to Electric Picnic or Glastonbury, advising us to get our ‘festival on’ by donning the obligatory uniform of wellies, trilby and cut off shorts. But imagine my surprise, dear reader, when I realised the tweet was referring… Continue reading A Party Of One
Oh writers, what’s with all the judgement? And where is all the tolerance?? This week saw the anonymous letter from a ‘failed novelist’ in The Guardian in which (what we assume) a female writer described her experience of trying to get published. Years of work and emotional investment wasted, I finally gave up, to save my sanity.… Continue reading The Failed Novelist
In a recent Irish Times article, I read that library staff voted against co-operating with the new government initiative of ‘staffless’ libraries. Many authors have come out against the scheme and at first, I thought I agreed, but having considered the benefits, now I’m not so sure. The other day, I was in town and thought,… Continue reading The Future Of Libraries
I’ve noticed a growing trend in advertising over the last few years (you know advertising; those people who tell us what sort of lifestyle we should have in order to be happy? Yep, them.) Last night I watched a new car ad, whose marketing department decided they needed to target women. So they told the… Continue reading Why The ‘Hygge’ Are We So Stressed?!