Posts Tagged "novels"

Mon, 23 April 2012 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards Short-list

For the past six months I’ve been serving on the jury of the Shirley Jackson Awards. It’s been time-consuming and far more work than I anticipated, but it’s also been richly rewarding. I’ve enjoyed reading extensively across the fields of dark fantasy and horror, I’ve discovered new authors, and developed a deeper appreciation for firm [...]

Tue, 28 February 2012 BFS Awards juror

It’s been officially announced: I’m a member of the inaugural jury for the 2012 British Fantasy Awards.
My fellow jurors are:

James Barclay
Hal Duncan
Esther Sherman
Damien G. Walter

So I’m in excellent company.
I’m currently in the last throes of reading for the Shirley Jackson Awards, so I’ll be keeping the momentum going into the BFS Awards.
I will enjoy being [...]

Fri, 10 December 2010 marvellous mirren

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren has just been given the Sherry Lansing leadership award at a breakfast ceremony, organised by The Hollywood Reporter magazine, to honour the Women in Entertainment Power 100.
I’d highly recommend you watch the video of her acceptance speech, which is just marvellous. Not only does she recognise how much women have [...]

Sun, 28 November 2010 the snow convention

We had more snow in the early hours of the morning, but it made getting around Wexford somehow easier today. Last night the short walk back to our guest house was a little tricky due to all the ice.
Today a few brave souls dared the snow to join our coterie of sf/fantasy fans, although most [...]

Sun, 07 November 2010 three secrets of writing

The picture on the right is Sir Terry Pratchett twenty years ago when he attended the first Octocon convention in Ireland as Guest of Honour.
It was early in his career, and I remember him as affable, friendly and willing to socialise with the fans (not always the case with authors).
The convention introduced me to [...]

Mon, 01 November 2010 NaNoWriMo Go

November 1st has rolled around in Ireland and weather-wise it’s right on season: wet, windy and grey. Some of the trees are already stripped of leaves, while others are hanging on to their cover.
On my drive to the woods there is a section on the last elbow of road that has a complete avenue of [...]

Mon, 18 May 2009 d day

On this day in 1897 a book called Dracula was published for the first time. In a strange bout of synchronicity my screenwriting group is looking at three screen adaptations of Dracula: Dracula (1931), the BBC mini-series Count Dracula (1977), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Afterwards, we’re going to a screening of the marvellous Swedish [...]

Mon, 11 May 2009 children’s book conference

The children and young adult fiction markets are awash in speculative fiction writers, which is wonderful. Adults often read this fiction, sometimes because they come to it via their children, and often because young adult fiction is damn good.
Irish fans should therefore be interested in the Children’s Books Ireland conference, which takes place from 16-17 [...]

Wed, 08 April 2009 vote for your favourite Irish book

Irish readers should be interested to know that voting is now open in the Irish Book Awards.
Select your favourite book in each of the ten categories, and you’re added to a draw where three winners will receive €250 of National Book Tokens. That’s a prize I would love to win!
Voting closes on May 1st 2009.
Not [...]

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