Friday, 18 April 2014


I'll be on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1 tonight discussing issues of ageing and mortality and how they’re depicted in the arts with Seán Rocks, and a panel consisting of myself, Michéle Forbes, Shaun Dunne and Bernard Clarke. 7pm – 8pm.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


The launch went wonderfully well on Tuesday night - I am only now back at my desk. Huge thanks to Bob and the team at The Gutter Book Shop, all at New Island Books, Gráinne Killeeen of Killeen PR, Sinéad Gleeson for the blush-inducing intro and to Karen O'Neill for the photos. It was a great night, jammed with family, friends, writer-friends and a dog, who yelped right on cue when I said we would be adjourning to the Parlour Bar in The Stag's Head after the launch. Whisky and wine were drank, Kendal Mint Cake and shortbread were eaten, chats were had. A lovely evening. Here are some pics.
Flowers & a card from hubby - aw!
Me with my posing smile and the book
Scotch - I had fun collecting the shot glasses in charity shops here and in Scotland, and on ebay & my beloved Etsy
Kendal Mint Cake features in the novel, as does the paperweight this bar is propped against
Shortbread, mint cake and Scotch - mmmm!
Signing! (There was a lot of that.)
Mariel Deegan of New Island Books, freelance super-editor Deirdre O'Neill, Finbar McLoughlin
Bob Johnston of The Gutter Book Shop (fresh off the plane from Paris!)
Sinéad Gleeson and me, listening to Eoin Purcell
The incomparable Sinéad Gleeson
Me with a pure O'Connor expression on my face
Some of the crowd, writers Mary O'Donnell & Lia Mills visible, also journalists Cathy Dillon & Sue Leonard
My son, Finn, and me
Writer Mia Gallagher (if you haven't read her novel *Hellfire*, please do - fab)
Writer Kathleen Murray
Me, my Da - Hugh O'Connor - & my brother-in-law, Alan Kerrigan
Gráinne Killeen of Killeen PR
Bob Johnston, superhost
Joan Murphy, photographer Karen O'Neill et moi in The Stag's Head
The beautiful writer Dimitra X
Writers Monica McInerney and Maighréad Medbh in the signing queue
View from my hotel room - the lovely Liffey

Monday, 14 April 2014


My launch is tomorrow for The Closet of Savage Mementos. Ahead of it, I made a little book trailer for the book which is now available to buy online from Kennys Bookshop and from Charlie Byrne's. It will be in a shop near you by the end of this week. Or you can buy it at the launch! All welcome tomorrow in The Gutter, Temple Bar, Dublin at 6.30pm, where arts journalist Sinéad Gleeson will do the launching honours. And we will have wine, shortbread, whisky and Kendal Mint Cake. Hope to see you there!

Friday, 11 April 2014


I'll be reading one poem and a short extract from The Closet of Savage Mementos at this Crannóg lit mag event at the Cúirt Festival this evening. All welcome!

Thursday, 10 April 2014


I've a new flash up at the Dublin Writers' Festival blog, called 'Joyriders'. The festival will be launched tonight at 6pm in The Liquor Rooms on Wellington Quay.

Speaking of flash fiction, The Bridport Flash Prize is judged this year by my friend Tania Hershman. 250 words - £1000 first prize!