A cover is born!!!

Small drum roll....here it is, the cover of THE GAME CHANGER....


The Game Changer

Announcement of Residency!!

Announcing the recipients of the Irish Writers Centre / Cill Rialaig residencies

July 06 2015

In case you're not signed up to our newsletter (it's never too late to do so: click & scroll down!), we've announced the seven lucky recipients of our Cill Rialaig residencies which will take place over 10 days in October this year: 


- Andrea Carter

- Anthony Glavin 

- Catherine Dunne

- Lia Mills 

- Louise Phillips

- Maria McManus 

- SeƔn Hardie

We're delighted to be partnering with Cill Rialaig for the first time and congratulations to all seven writers.

Cill Rialaig is going to be humming with heavyweight literary activity this autumn. Watch this space!

The Game Changer - The End is Near!

I came back from holidays on Wednesday and got straight into copy edits for THE GAME CHANGER. I completed them this evening. The journey of writing this novel has been an emotional one and there were moments when I despaired if it would ever get close to the aspirations I had for it at the start.

A friend of mine read it last week and loved it, and then the copy editor used words like magnificent, gripping, absorbing, compelling, terrifying, saying it was a tour de force, and that love, suspense, atmospheric backdrops, the effects of psychological trauma, and a mesmerising plot, added to it being brilliant. Don't worry, none of this has gone to my head, and like most writers, I will still worry about writing it better, but the end of the process is near and that is emotional.

And, here is the opening quote of the novel ...... 

"When we step into the family, by the act of being born, we step into a world which is incalculable, into a world which has its own strange laws, into a world which could do without us, into a world we have not made. In other words, when we step into the family, we step into a fairy-tale."
G. K. Chesterson


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London Book Fair 2015


London Book Fair 1I was delighted to be invited to the opening ceremony of the London Book Fair at the Olympia Conference Centre, having been a judge on the Irish panel for the European Prize for Literature. 

The Irish Winner will be announced at the end of the opening ceremony and it was an honour to be on the judging panel. 

Shortlist authors are:-

Deirdre Sullivan, Primperfect (Little Island, 2014)

Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland, 2012)

Mary Costello, Academy Street (Cannongate Books, 2014)