• publications

    The Boughs Withered Launch

    My collection, The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Dreams), will be part of a launch at Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon of a number of NewCon Press titles, from 17.30 to 18.30 on Saturday, 17 August. It's taking place at the Point Square Dublin, Warehouse 2 performance space. All members of Worldcon are welcome!

  • News

    Bone Mother Première

    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.

  • Film

    Bone Mother teaser trailer

    I’ve mentioned that my short story ‘Bone Mother’ is being adapted into a stop-motion animated short film by See Creature animation company in Canada. It’s a long process and it won’t be complete until 2016, but I was thrilled to see them release a tiny teaser trailer for the short film. Official teaser for Bone Mother @onf_nfb #stopmotion #animation #dontmesswithbabayaga A video posted by Bone_Mother (@bone_mother) on Jul 21, 2015 at 7:00am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js You can follow the Bone Mother project on Instagram, and See Creature update their blog with information about it quite regularly.

  • Film

    A short day with good news

    In May this year I announced that my short story ‘Bone Mother’ had been optioned by the National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio with the view to make a short stop-motion animated film, adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward (via their animation company See Creature), and produced for the NFB by Jelena Popovic. Everyone knows that an option doesn’t necessarily mean that the short film will get made, but I had hope considering the people involved. So I was delighted when I discovered that ‘Bone Mother’ has been green-lit, and the production is expected to finish in early 2016. Seven minutes of stop-motion, and over a year…

  • Film

    Bone Mother optioned

    I’m delighted to announce that my short story ‘Bone Mother’ has been optioned by the National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio with the view to make a short stop-motion animated film, which will be adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward, and produced for the NFB by Jelena Popovic. I’m going to cut and paste what I wrote back in 2009 when ‘Bone Mother’ was podcast on Pseudopod. I wrote the first draft at Clarion West in 2006, and it was a pivotal story in my progress during the six-week workshop. I’d written a mediocre story the week before, and I felt extreme pressure (from myself) to produce…

  • Fiction,  Film,  Reviews

    going away

    The preparations for the London/Japan jaunt have sapped my ability to post anything meaningful on this journal. I hate posting something just for the sake of it, and I’m not a “what I had for breakfast” type of blogger (muesli, strawberries, and yoghurt). Since I’ll be away for just over three weeks there’s a lot to do, including learning a little bit of Japanese. I’m accruing a phrase or two every day, which is pretty good since I find it difficult to master another language. The Worldcon programme is online now, and I’m scheduled on a few panels. I’m very much looking forward to reuniting with old friends and meeting…