Monday, 28 July 2014


Magical John Kindness work at the Arts Festival in Galway
I am having a stupid few days - people (a usual suspect included) attacking me on Facebook over changing my name for my forthcoming novel in the USA; lots of general nit-picking over nitpicky things from various literary quarters; kids being pains. Blah blah blah. And I have no energy for any of it.

On the bright side, there's been news about a further publication opp for Miss Emily (more anon) and I am going to Massachusetts again next week, to lovely Amherst, for my first meeting of the Emily Dickinson International Society.

Also the auld blog has been longlisted for the Blog Awards Ireland in the Best Arts and Culture Blog category - thank you kind nominators!

Órfhlaith Foyle
I read at the Galway Fringe Festival on Saturday, and was introduced by my dear friend Órfhlaith Foyle whose story collection will be out in September from Arlen House. It's called Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin. Lovely!

Thanks to all who joined us, especially my cousin-in-law Cathleen, all the way from Manhattan.

Reading from The Closet of Savage Mementos at the Fringe Festival

 The Galway Arts Festival was still on and we saw this John Kindness wonderfulness from his Odysseus show


Donna OShaughnessy said...

I for one will read your works regardless of the name you use! Have these folks never heard of Samuel Clemens AKA Mark Twain? I was born O'Shaughnessy, kept that for 20 years, married and became Brownell, divorced and back to O'Shaughnessy married again and even though all knew I kept O'Shaughnessy the schools all called me Mrs. Parrish.(Second hubbies name) Whatever! Life is too short for such nonsense. Keep up all you do Nuala, because you do it beautifully.

Nuala Ní Chonchúir said...

Ah thanks Donna. Having been twice married also, I know the name shenanigans. Some people have little to occupy their minds when my name change is being called 'a betrayal' among other nonsenses. People have weird agendas and petty outlooks at times. N x

Words A Day said...

feck the begrudgers :)

Doireann said...

Oh, Nuala, I'm sorry to hear this. You're just translating your name ffs, it's no-one's business but yours. I don't get the 'betrayal' concept at all, but having to deal with those agendas must be tiresome.

Chin up. You've written an amazing book, secured exactly the kind of book deal you'd hoped for.. it's all good.

Maith thú, a chroí. Is mór an inspioráid thú :-)

Órfhlaith Foyle said...

Delighted to introduce you despite the background drama!
Ignore the agenda people.

Mari said...

And petty lives if this is their contribution. Glad to see you staying above them. Their crap Nuala. Keep being you, travelling your own journey. They need to get lives and focus on themselves. Sorry to have missed this one. Was hoping but was in Dublin. Sounds like a blast!

Nuala Ní Chonchúir said...

Cheers for the support Niamh, Doireann, Ór and Mari - the particular person is renowned for being a jealous, begrudger so it's nothing new.
Others are disgrunteld on my behalf - needlessly!
Nu x

Anonymous said...

expect it is all over now Nuala - things like that can be distracting but it sounds like you've so much on that it won't bother you

Nuala Ní Chonchúir said...

It's died down, Lane. Silly stuff that bothers me when I'm in no mood for it. Getting lots of 'eff the begrudgers' type support, though so that's nice.