On titles: Exile - 1847, Home - 1848.

Just reading an excellent article about Antony Gormley. ‘I’m inviting people to explore the conditions of their own living.’ (Guardian...

Developing characters: Jane Keating

Jane, will live a long life. Born in Galway in 1830, she will be almost eighty-six years old on the 24th April 1916, and she will witness...

Character and plot: Agnes Mary Clerke

Imagine a small girl, six years old, living in Skibbereen, County Cork, in 1848, during the Famine Years. Her name was Agnes Mary Clerke,...

Self-pubbing

So, my novel, ‘Daughters of the Famine Road,’ is now finished and on Amazon Books. Next up is marketing. I’ve been thinking about trying...

Self-pub editing (three minute read)

I’m just at the point of completing the final edit of my novel, “Daughters of the Famine Road.” I’ll upload it, today or tomorrow, on...

My first novel

I signed up for my first ever cover design with Reedsy. com. Here's hoping my investment will result in a beautiful cover for my novel...

The Irish Wolfhound- An Ekphrastic Poem

This poem is based on the Irish Famine painting ‘Black 47’, by the artist Michael Farrell. I saw the painting last year (Jan 2019) in...

Potato Blight - Found Poem

The Great Famine 1845-1849, resulted in the deaths of one million people and a further one million people emigrated from Ireland. This...

Speranza

Speranza is the pen name for Jane Elgee, later Lady Jane Wilde (27 December 1821 – 3 February 1896). A Wexford woman, poet, Young...

Jane Leary: A Skibbereen Girl

Jane Leary was one of one hundred and ten girls sent out to Australia from Skibbereen Workhouse during the Irish Famine of 1845-50. A...