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Maura writes, prose, comic books, plays, and screenplays, and lives in the west of Ireland.

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  • I’ll be one of the regular guests in an on-going podcast called Hammered, dedicated to examining the more ghoulish output of the British Hammer Film Productions studio, hosted by J G Byrne.
  • At the Junior Film Fleadh in Galway on 11 November I’ll be giving a workshop on Adapting Your Voice: Tailoring Stories for Various Media.
  • My short story ‘Y’ is appearing in issue 1 of Eyedolon (‘Toward a Weirder Tomorrow’), a new online anthology series from Broken Eye Books, edited by Scott Gable.
  • I was on a segment of The Kitchen Table show on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 26 October, discussing Supergirl and Mindhunter, as well as the forthcoming Slayers and their Vampires panel at the Bram Stoker Festival.
  • The Jennifer Wilde point & click adventure game, based on the comic book series I wrote which was published by Atomic Diner Comics, has been fully funded on Kickstarter.
  • You can listen online to me on RTÉ Radio 1’s arts show, Arena, talking about Philip Pullman’s work, and his new book in His Dark Materials series: The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage.
  • As part of the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin (27-30 Oct), I’ll be taking part in the Slayers and their Vampires panel from 1 pm – 2.30 pm on 28 October, in the Albert Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
  • My poem, ‘Submerged’, is in issue 4.2 of Mythic Delirium.
  • I’m on The Hopscotch Friday Podcast discussing my book on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and the new series, Twin Peaks: The Return.
  • I’m discussing Marvel’s The Defenders on RTÉ Radio 1’s culture show, Arena, on Tuesday, 15 August.
  • I’ll be presenting the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story at the Hugo Awards Ceremony in Helsinki at Worldcon 75 on Saturday, 12 August.
  • I’m reviewing the new novel, Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer, on RTÉ Radio 1’s culture radio show, Arena, on Thursday, 10 August.
  • My short story ‘The Light at the Centre’ has been selected by editor Stephen Jones for his Best New Horror #28 anthology.
  • I’ll be interviewing Artist Guest of Honour, Claire Wendling, at WorldCon 75 in Helsinki at noon on Friday, 11 August in Messukeskus, Room 103.
  • My Midnight Movie Monograph of the cult film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, for Electric Dreamhouse Press, an imprint of PS Publishing, is now available to buy online.
  • I’ve posted my schedule for WorldCon 75 (9-13 August) in Helsinki, Finland.
  • I’ll be attending, and speaking, at the Animate Europe: Awards ceremony and exhibition at the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée in Brussels on 11 July.
  • I appeared on The Culinary Muse radio show on Kinvara FM, hosted by Anna O’Donnell, to chat about vegetarianism, as well as playing some themed music on the subject.
  • My short story ‘Impossible to Feign’ will appear in the Walk on the Weird Side anthology, edited by Joe Pulver, which will be launched at NecronomiCon in Providence.
  • My essay ‘Under the Influence’ will appear in the anthology, We Are The Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, edited by Neil Snowdon for PS Publishing, and out in June 2017.
  • My story ‘Colours’, drawn by John Riordan, is in the Outside comic book anthology, published by Pure Ash Press.
  • I’ll be part of a panel discussing ‘The Power of Superheroes‘ at the Galway International Arts Festival, at 4pm on 22 July in the O’Donoghue Theatre in NUIG.
  • I reviewed the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s classic novel, Kindred for RTÉ Radio 1’s programme Arena.
  • I’m part of the jury for the 2017 Animate Europe comic book competition, organised by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
  • I collaborated with artist Pablo Clark for a one-page piece of artwork for Alison Sampon & Ian MacEwan’s on-going project: Think of a City. I describe the process on a blog post.
  • I’ll be attending FantasyCon by the Sea in Scarborough and participating in two panels and an anthology book lauch on 24 September 2016.
  • My short story ‘The Fruit of the Tree’ will be in the Ten Tall Tales anthology, edited by Ian Whates, published by NewCon Press. It will be launched at Fantasycon in Scarborough on 24 September 2016.
  • I’ll be writing the script for the Jennifer Wilde computer game, developed by Outsider Games in partnership with Atomic Diner Comics and Northern Ireland Screen, and is based on the original comic book series I wrote for Atomic Diner.
  • My short story ‘A Rebellious House’ will be in The Madness of Dr. Caligari anthology, edited by Joe S. Pulver, and published by Fedogan and Bremer, due out autumn 2016.
  • I’ll be giving a lecture for the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in London from 7pm – 10pm on 8 December 2016, in the Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD. The title of the talk is: ‘Working the ‘Blue Rose Case: Signs, Codes, and Mysteries in David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me‘.
  • Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers King in Yellow Mythos, edited by Joe S. Pulver, has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award in the Anthology category. My story ‘Family’ is in the volume.
  • I’ll be a guest at the inaugural Horror Expo Ireland event, which is taking place at the Freemasons Grand Lodge of Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, 30 October 2016.
  • I’ll be a guest at the Dublin Ghost Story Festival, which is taking place from 19 – 21 August 2016, at the Freemason Grand Lodge of Ireland in Dublin.
  • I’ve co-curated a stream of programming in the Hay Festival, Kells (23 – 26 June), with technology journalist Karlin Lillington, called ‘The Image’.
  • Emma Newman invited me to appear on an episode of her (and Peter Newman’s) podcast, Tea and Jeopardy.
  • I’ll be speaking at the two hundred and forty sixth Inaugural meeting of The Hist in Trinity College Dublin, on the subject of ‘Making the Modern Heroine’.
  • My short story ‘Spooky Girl’ will be appearing in a forthcoming anthology from Fox Spirit Books, called Respectable Horror, which is edited by Kate Laity.
  • My short near-future play, The Love of Small Appliances, has been selected by the Waking the Feminists West team, to be part of their New Play Reading, taking place on 6 May in the Town Hall Theatre, studio, in Galway.
  • I appeared on Arena – RTÉ Radio 1’s Arts & Culture show – during its 1 March broadcast, discussing the Fête de la Bande Dessinée, the Irish / French Comic Book Festival in Dublin.
  • My story, ‘The Light at the Centre’, will appears in Uncertainties: Twenty-Two Strange Tales, edited by Brian J. Showers for Liberties Press in Ireland.
  • ‘Territory’, a story written by Julie Steinbacher, is on Podcastle – I read the story, along with Kim Jones, for the podcast.
  • My short story ‘Moments on the Cliff’ will appear in issue 41 of the Galway literary magazine Crannóg. I’ll be at its launch at 6.30 pm on Friday, 26 February at the Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway.
  • I’ll be a guest at the Fête de la Bande Dessinée – Comic Book Festival on 2 March, at the Mart Firestation, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6.
  • My story ‘Zel and Grets’ will appear in the forthcoming anthology The Grimm Future, edited by Erin Underwood.
  • My short story ‘Valerie’ will be reprinted in Obsidian: A Decade of Horror Stories by Women, published by NewCon Press.
  • I’ve been shortlisted for the The Geekies 2015 – the Geek Ireland Awards – in the Best Irish Writer category.
  • I won the Best Irish Writer Published Outside of Ireland, in the ICN Awards 2015.

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