I edit the fiction side of Sixteen Magazine along with my husband, Simon who looks over the poetry side of it. Each issue is based on a colour theme and this month’s was brown. That is a hard prompt but I got the chance to read some very cool and different pieces of short fiction. […]


Over the Edge New Irish Writer 2016 is Chris Connolly and my story is highly commended!

Last night the Over the Edge New Irish Writer 2016 fiction award winner was announced and sadly it was not me but I really didn’t expect it when I saw that Chris Connolly had been shortlisted as he seems to have won every award going in the last year! He won the RTE Francis McManus […]


Over the Edge shortlist New Writer of the Year 2016

Gosh, I kind of find these posts odd and ego-ridden and cringey to read so here goes…. One of my stories has been shortlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year award 2016, got the news this morning via an excited husband holding a mobile screen in my face! It was a […]

My haul from Des Kenny and his very cool bookshop

My haul from Kenny’s Bookshop is rather long and all second-hand/pre-loved. I never understand how anyone can bear to give away books but in this case, I win! I got all of these short story collections for 29 euro! L-R John McGahern, Gerard Donovan, William Trevor, Bernard Mac Claverty, Edna O Brown, Doris Lessing, Maeve […]


Culture night 2016 in Kenny’s Bookstore, Galway

A fab time was had in Galway city for Culture night 2016. I was reading a story of mine which had been longlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition and Simon was judging the Poetry Open Mic. Elizabeth Reap was there reading from her debut novel, Red Dirt and Karl […]


Over the Edge at Culture night in Galway

Heading to one of the best cities in Ireland on Friday-Galway, of course. This Friday is Culture Night all over Ireland and Galway are celebrating it with one event-The Over the Edge open mic for fiction and poetry readings in Kenny’s Bookshop from 4 p.m. Simon is reading from his poetry collection there as well […]

Lit sex is the new thing.

Literary sex-who knew?

I had to chuckle when I was reading an excerpt from an Eimear McBride interview. She was speaking about her new novel, the Lesser Bohemians and how she dealt with writing sex scenes. “Writing about sex is very difficult,”  says the prize-winning author. “I did not set out to write lots of sex scenes – they […]

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