A creature of routine

I’ve been struggling to know what to add, since the world turned into an episode of Black Mirror. I’ve been on Twitter a lot in the past couple of weeks, and there’s a whole community of people who’re making the best of this bad situation and those that are sharing their lowest points. We’re all…

How to write a character personality

Writing a character personality for your story, novel, or script is a key part of bringing your words to life. It’s the protagonist at the heart of the story that will make your readers want to keep going, to follow them to the end point. Think about a book you’ve read or film you’ve seen…

Little Quakes Every Day – release date confirmed for 2020

I’ve been SO EXCITED to share this – and as my poetry publisher knows – I can get pretty darn excitable when I have news to share. So here goes… I can officially confirm that my next fully poetry collection, Little Quakes Every Day, will be released on 9th November this year (2020, for retrospective…

How I feel about 2020

I’m loving reading people’s decade in review blogs. It’s lovely to see how people have changed and grown, but of course they’re not all happy stories. Over the last few weeks I was debating doing one myself, but decided against it. Too much has changed, and it’s better to focus on today than yesterday or…

How long should you wait between writing new drafts of your novel?

When looking up advice about drafting and redrafting your novel, you’ll frequently see writers and editors suggesting that you wait between clicking the cap on your pen after your first draft and reloading the typewriter for your second draft (yes I live in the 1940s). But how long does this wait have to be? How…

BBC Radio Newcastle – The Evening Show

The episode’s available to listen to for the next month, so catch up with it here to hear me do my best Marks & Spencer voice and listen to some upbeat tunes.

The Stinging Fly – Fear & Fantasy Issue

It’s been out a few weeks, but I’m still on cloud 9 about this one… One of the top literary magazines in Ireland, The Stinging Fly, has included some of my poetry in their Fear & Fantasy issue. Mia Gallagher acted as the guest editor for the issue. And you can read her thoughts on…

Three Poems on Swings & Roundabouts

I’ve had three poems published on the Swings & Roundabouts blog – yippee! Swings & Roundabouts is an up-and-coming artistic collective, sharing work from poets, artists, fiction writers, and anyone else if they feel the need to express a creative outburst. You can read the three poems on the Swings & Roundabouts website here. .