Tuesday, 23 April 2013


I am horribly busy these days, feeling quite grumpy because I have so much to do/achieve/complete/work on. But there are nice things in the midst of all the deadlines.

TONIGHT I am reading for World Book Night, from Mother America, in Celbridge library in County Kildare. I'm thrilled because it will be my first time to read with my friend Shauna Gilligan. The other writers on the bill are Mae Leonard and Debbie Thomas. 7pm to 9pm, free admission, refreshments, and all welcome.

The weekend just gone I was in Carrick-on-Suir teaching a two-day course on the short story at the inaugural Brewery Lane Writers' Weekend. And what a lovely weekend it was - the people were great and the hospitality was second to none. Big thanks to Margaret O'Brien for the invitation to participate.

I was so happy to get to Tipp as I managed a side-trip on the way home for essential NIP research. Now all I want to do is go back down there and soak up more of it. Tipperary is so beautiful.

Here are a few pics to give a flavour - I have neither the time nor the wit to report properly.

Juno outside Brewery Lane Theatre, where all the events took place

Richard Hayes of Waterford IT who gave a stunning seminar on Ovid's Metamorphoses
Myself and the class, with Margaret O'Brien on the right

Ormond Castle, Carrick-on-Suir

Country signpost on my research side-trip

Slievenamon, which features in my NIP - I wanna go back, waaah


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos! I do forget that Tipp is beautiful. Probably because I'm from the north, less-pretty end. My mother's country, around Killenaule, is lovely though. :)


I saw a signpost for Killenaule - I thought it was a great place name!

See you at Cúirt!