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The loneliness of the long-distance writer.

The loneliness of the long-distance writer.

I used to think being a writer must be lonely. When I wrote in the past, I was really an academic, squeezing research and writing in during non-teaching hours. Like many people, I thought creative writers were plugging away, at...

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The Rock

The Rock

Why is creative writing so difficult? Picture a seesaw. One of the old-fashioned jobbies with a plank, a middle bit so the down side can go up and the up side can go down. With me still? On the high end, a weedy little character, kicking skinny legs, getting nowhere....

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The Rock

The Rock

Number 1 rule for writers. My novel, The Rock (working title, of course, they all are) is a murder mystery, listing towards psychological thriller. Logline: A strong-willed constable stationed on a remote Australian island solves a brutal murder but alienates a...

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Book Reviews: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

Book Reviews: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (London: Fourth Estate, 2015). I missed the Wolf Hall phenomenon—the book, the Booker Prizes, the play, even the television series although I’ve bought it now and mean to watch it soon. Wolf Hall is book one of a series, published in 2009...

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Earth, Wind and Fire: the life of a letter

Earth, Wind and Fire: the life of a letter

The lifespan of a letter In 1768, Thomas Pim, the son of a Mountmellick butcher, was living with his son’s family in Tullylast, County Kildare when he received a letter from his great grand-nephew, Joshua Pim, suggesting the old man set his...

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