Stunning riverside scene at Carrick-on-Suir, complete with heron.

Walking by the River

I love walking by the river in Carrick-on-Suir. The water always looks so fresh and cool. Sometimes it’s possible to distinguish black flickers of fish in the depths. Swans parade like floating snowdrops and on a sunny day the sky presses, only offering a bare trace of breeze.

alice in wonderland wire sculpture

Hill Watching, The Clancys and Ormond Castle

My weekend was pretty different, inspiring me to write about a cluster of experiences. I have been surprised by the weather, intriguing landscapes, an historic building and a local festival. The fun began with a picnic overlooking stunning views on the way to Clonmel (see pic).

Circus Tricks, Walks and Plaice

I’m a regular at the circus, since moving to Ireland four years ago. My Mum-in-Law’s field provides the perfect base for visiting circuses and means that Hubs and I get free tickets! Circus Gerbola was the latest troupe of entertainers to settle in for the weekend.

Spider Web pictured against a green, outdoor background

Performing Poetry, Chasing Spiders

I was performing poetry at Brewery Lane, Carrick-on-Suir last Friday. I was also battling a severe case of stage fright. Back when I ran a small publishing company called ‘Young Welsh and Poetic’, I read poetry regularly, for the most part at my own events, on my own terms.

Dinner Scene from 'Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.'

The Short Story Sequel and Me

Sequels are always a challenge because they have something to live up to. A short story sequel is no exception. The reader expects the original characters to appeal to them in the same way as they did previously. They also expect them to have grown.

Story Wise: A Short Story Workshop

It’s official! I’m branching out into Creative Writing tuition starting with a Short Story Workshop. For those of you still humming and hawing about whether to book a place here are a few ‘Story Wise’ secrets to give you a flavour of the workshop . . .