Wordlegs Magazine, my story and a college in California!

I wrote a story called “In the event of a sudden loss in cabin pressure” for the Post-Celtic Edition of Wordlegs magazine back in 2013. Elizabeth Reapy was the Editor and I was so chuffed to be featured in that edition. I got to read my story at the 10 days in Dublin Festival and it felt good.

image3Last year, when I was busy growing a baby inside me, a man called Pete Clark contacted me. He told me that he had discovered my story “In the Event of a Sudden Loss in Cabin Pressure” during Summer 2013 from Wordlegs Press and that he was currently using it in a short unit on Irish literature for his Grade 10 class. How did he discover Wordlegs magazine? He told me it was through a man named Victor Luftig. He has worked at Brandeis University, University of Virginia, and other places. Here’s his bio. Pete told me he had been a big inspiration regarding teaching and academics and bringing it to high school students.

Pete asked me if I would speak with his classes via skype one evening so we set up a meeting there and then! I had an energetic discussion and Q and A with the two classes who are looking at my story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. They had taken such time and care to put together questions and thoughts about it, the Irish and literature, the Celtic Tiger and recession and how these had impacted on writing here. We talked about the themes of expatriation and repatriation that are parts of many cultures, but have certain and unique questions when applied to our Irish experience and how that impacts on literature and the arts.

It felt great, thanks to Victor, Pete Clark and the students.

My story “In the event of a sudden loss in cabin pressure” ( and some other ones) in the WordLegs Magazine can be downloaded and read here.posttigerstories



Penfest Writing Festival Carlow 2013

You need no better reason to visit Carlow. In the town, we have a lively and brilliant writing group, the Carlow Co-op and a most excellent librarian, John Shorthall.

John is responsible for the creation of Penfest Carlow. It is for emerging writers though any type of writer would surely enjoy the buzz about the library and town!

This year, we have drawn in Kevin Barry(Yes, I am over excited-twice in 2 months!), Nuala Ni Chonchuir(brilliant teacher and writing encourager-is this a word?)Theo Dorgan (the poet and other creative jobs which are too long to list here), Christy Neary, Dave Lordan(lovely, lovely man who writes the way we hope to) and Niamh O Connor and Ruby Barnes.

John has pushed the programme this year and my name is down!

I think Nuala’s class is booked out but check the Penfest blog here http://www.carlowlibraries.ie/penfest.html and see if you can get your name down for something!

If you can’t get in, a visit to the Visual Space/GBS Theatre and Mimosa Tapas and Wine Bar are just around the corner from the library so you might just saunter with a glass of wine and bite to eat!

Teacher teachers to teach children how to write!

I am absolutely no expert in the field of writing but I enjoy writing and reading. In my outside life, I am a teacher and really love teaching children how to write, read and love and be interested and curious in life.

This summer I had the chance to facilitate and design  a course entitled “Enabling creative writing in the classroom” in Kilkenny Education Centre. I worked with about 25 primary teachers and we got some great writing done! I probably spoke far too much about Stephen King( and maybe, I mentioned Kevin Barry once or twice!) but I aim to remind teachers of the power they command when they go to work every day. What a responsibility!

My husband and I work on an educational technology blog as well as rozz.ie. I will be writing a couple of article on my thoughts, ideas and tips of helping children and the teacher to begin to write.

You can find those articles coming soon on www.anseo.net.