I tend not to get a lot of new work done during the Summer what with holidays and kids off school etc., and this year has been no different. My writing routine will fall back into place next week hopefully as I have a number of projects that I’d like to make progress on before the end of the year.
However, things are about to change come September in a very positive way for three good reasons:
1. My fiction chapbook “It’s not Me, It’s You” will be published by Southword Editions at the Cork International Short Story Festival on 26th September. I was delighted to be the Irish winner of the inaugural Southword Fiction Chapbook Competition along with Jill Widner who was the International winner. Jill’s chapbook “A Middle Eastern No” will be launched on the same day.
2. Bray Literary Festival kicks off on Friday 27th September and runs through to Sunday 29th in the evening. This year the committee has excelled itself in attracting a heady array of literary talent from across all genres. I’m particularly looking forward talking with Geraldine Mills, Paul Perry and John O’Donnell about the challenges and rewards of writing across genres at Bray Town Hall on Sunday 29th September at 2.30pm. Check out the full programme here or put your name down for a workshop before all the places are taken.
3. Finally, I will be chairing a panel on the short story at the Red Line Book Festival in October, which I’m really looking forward to. I will post more details on this nearer the time.
So loads to look forward to in the coming months. Looks like it’s going to be a busy end to 2019!