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Mon, 06 November 2017 Adapting your Voice workshop

At the Junior Film Fleadh in Galway this Saturday I’ll be giving a workshop on Adapting Your Voice: Tailoring Stories for Various Media.
It’ll be a two-hour whistlestop overview of the basics of storytelling, with tips and suggestions on how to tailor your story idea for different media: prose, Film/TV/Internet, theatre, games, comics, and radio/podcast.
All for [...]

Tue, 30 August 2016 Jennifer Wilde – the Computer Game

I’m pleased to announce that Outsider Games is partnering with Irish comic book publisher Atomic Diner and Northern Ireland Screen to adapt the comic book Jennifer Wilde as a Point & Click Adventure game.
I’ll be writing the script for the game, which is based on the original comic book series I wrote for Atomic Diner.

Here’s [...]

Thu, 12 May 2016 Tea and Jeopardy

Thanks to the fabulous Emma Newman who invited me recently to appear on an episode of her (and Peter Newman’s) utterly charming podcast, Tea and Jeopardy.
Where you have tea, cake, conversation, and some mild peril.
I started the the wide-ranging chat discussing my vigilant keyboard companion, a colourful statue of Ganesha who watches me write.
Here he [...]

Wed, 23 April 2014 The Green Book – issue 3

Today I received my contributor’s copies of The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature, issue 3.
The Green Book is a handsome anthology of essays and reviews published regularly by The Swan River Press, edited by Brian J. Showers.

Issue 3 is devoted to examining the work of Ireland pre-eminent 19th century supernatural [...]

Wed, 12 March 2014 bird on a wire

I took this long-distance shot recently of a pigeon sitting on a cable because I liked the colours, and the symmetry of the lines bisecting the image.

Afterwards, when I examined it on my computer I realised it reminded me, in a metaphorical way, of one of the most frustrating aspects of writing: the waiting.
So much [...]

Mon, 03 March 2014 life is not measured

I spotted this faux-weathered sign in a shop in Galway. The full quote is: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Of course it wasn’t attributed, so I had a quick look online today to figure out who said it first. Looking at [...]

Wed, 26 February 2014 visual narrative

After I select a picture to feature on my Flickrstream I sometimes ponder what it is about the image that appeals to me.
In many cases it’s aesthetic appeal, but often there is an element of narrative. The ones that resonate strongly with me are those that suggest a story.
Yesterday, I turned around and spotted this [...]

Wed, 12 February 2014 water analysed

In Black Static #21 my flash story ‘Water’ was published – you can read it online on my web site.
A short time later writer Ray Cluley wrote me a very kind email telling me how much he enjoyed the story. It was the type of helpful message that keeps a writer going during the rough [...]

Thu, 06 February 2014 all things pass

The stones of the ruined church are warmed by the setting sun, giving it a temporary Hollywood glow despite its location in Galway, on a cold February day.
The gate squeaks as she walks in, camera in hand, eager to capture the picturesque as the sky prepares for its transition to night.
Despite living in the area [...]

Wed, 05 February 2014 the house

Only a shell of the house remains.
A thick pelt of ivy crawls over its exterior so even the dead windows are mere slits in its green tangle.
Inside, colonies of jackaws nest and roost. Watchful sentries are posted about the house’s gnarled crown, and in surrounding trees.
At your approach they rise, a raucous shout from its [...]

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