Recently, I’ve started to write flash fiction. I enjoy the challenge of telling a story in as few words as possible. I’m curious to see where this new departure takes me.
As a writer, I’m interested in how we respond to place; how it affects our sense of identity and wellbeing. I try to pay attention to my surroundings, to look at them carefully and respectfully. I want to feel at home wherever I live. I’m a Dubliner through and through, but I’ve a soft spot for the West of Ireland. Who doesn’t?
When I’m not writing, I’m generally reading. Or taking photographs. Click on the menu options to see what I’m up to. My blog, Here and There, is a response to places I visit and the thoughts they engender. Have a look and leave a comment!
If you’d like to read some samples of my place-based writing, click on the Hush tab. The full, year-long project is available on the Hush website.
My essay Small Lives is available in Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. Measuring Up is available in Hippocampus Magazine. The Place Between appears in issue 4 of the Lindenwood Review and After Coffee appears in Work Literary Magazine. An essay The Shell of your Ear appears in Oh Baby, an anthology from Creative Nonfiction. The Bell Beat of your Wings appears in The Ogham Stone (2015) and Ferry to Boffin appears in issue 1 of the Eastern Iowa Review. Rorschach and Soundings appear in Sweet: A Literary Confection. On Not Looking appears in Entropy. Finally, you can hear me read The Man who Taught my Children about Dragonflies on No Extra Words – the Flash Fiction Podcast.