How much can change in a few weeks... I'm self isolating at Casa McHugh, but I squeaked in an adventure in London beforehand.
Welcome to the web site for Maura McHugh - an author of horror and dark fantasy fiction living in the West of Ireland.
My schedule of events for Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon, the 77th World Science Fiction Convention, which is taking place from 15-19 August 2019 in the CCD, Dublin.
George R.R. Martin will be attending a screening of the classic sf film, Forbidden Planet, at the IFI in Dublin in association with Dublin 2019: An Irish WorldCon. I'll be in conversation with him about the film after the screening.
The radio adaptation of my short science fiction play, The Love of Small Appliances, will be broadcast on NearFM at 6 pm on Friday, 28 June 2019. It's a story about AI, love, and the evolution of 'helpful' devices all connected to the Internet, directed by Nicola Murphy.
NewCon Press in the UK will be publishing the first collection of my original short stories. It will contain a mixture of previously published work along with new stories, with an introduction by Kim Newman. The collection is called The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them my Dreams), and is scheduled to be launched at Worldcon in Dublin in August 2019.
2018 has been an interesting year, with interesting being code for challenging (in the positive and difficult sense).
I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve been selected to be part of a special 10-day group residency in Angoulême in France, as part of one of the initiatives of a Creative Europe Project called Wom@rts. I’m equally pleased to hear that the other Irish candidate is Fionnuala Doran. We’ll be joined by the following talented creatives: Xulia Vicente (Cariño, Spain), Nanu González (Oviedo, Spain), Meriem Mesfioui (aka. Durgmaya (France), Scotty Hervouet (France), Raquel Lagartos (Oviedo, Spain), Korina Hunjak (Rijeka, Croatia), Akvilė Misevičiūtė (aka. Akvilė Magicdust, Vilnius, Lithuania) and Samira Kentrić (Ljubljana, Slovenia). During our time in France we’ll have to complete work for an exhibition entitled ‘The Second Sex’,…
Check out the cool poster for Bone Mother, the stop-motion animated short film by Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouvé, which is having its World Première this weekend at Festival Stop Motion in Montreal. That tiny print with ‘based on the short story by Maura McHugh’ gives me a little thrill. Plus, I love its title in French: La Mère des Os. On Saturday, 15 September at 4.30pm Dale and Sylvie will give a Behind the Scenes talk about creating their film. Best wishes to Dale and Sylvie for this event, and a big congratulations for their years of labour on the project.
No, not a still from the Mummy, but my (filtered) right hand in a cast after a fall last weekend. I’ve a small break of the distal radius and other than being supremely fed up of this already, as well as grumpy about sore ribs, I’m fine. Thankfully, no surgery is required – as breaks go this is the best you can get. Worse things happen at sea, etc. So: a major slow down for me for the next 5/6 weeks or so. Being cloistered (I can’t drive) during a spat of beautiful weather isn’t improving my mood. The Irish health system had been great overall – and seeing a…