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Another Dubai trip and Stoner the novel

Having left a very cold Scotland, where it was 3 degrees and felt much colder, on Wednesday of last week, it has been a very pleasant change to be in wall to wall sunshine and a daily temperature of c25 degrees. 542 more words


That They May Face The Rising Sun – John McGahern

Amongst Women (1991) is broadly considered to be McGahern’s masterpiece, but the quieter That They May Face The Rising Sun, from 2002, is the greater triumph, not least in its ability to depict the passing of time in the absence of traditional narrative. 363 more words


Encountering John McGahern in the Censors' Basement

The house in Pembroke Street, Dublin, that housed the Censorship of Publications Board, with their stock of banned books in the basement.

This is the text of a piece I wrote for Sunday Miscellany, broadcast on 25 January, 2015. 917 more words

Second person


I read a lot of John McGahern over the holidays, and also Claire Keegan’s ‘Walk the Blue Fields’. Both writers make use of the second person, and it really intrigued me – the POV is a fantastic way of really getting inside someone’s head. 1,636 more words

Creative Writing

Getting Started

A few months ago I started thinking about beginning a freelance writing and community teaching business.  My intention was to write articles for the local press initially and to eventually offer pieces to national magazines.   465 more words

John McGahern| 80th Anniversary

It seems fitting to mark what would have been John McGahern’s 80th birthday.

In his obituary of McGahern for The Guardian in March 2006, Richard Pine commented that McGahern was arguably the Ireland’s most important writer since Samuel Beckett. 463 more words

Something Birthday to John McGahern and Charles Manson

Exactly 80 years ago today, two very different little boys were born.  Only one of these boys is still with us.  I can’t for the life of me think of two famous individuals born on the same day who had less in common. 491 more words