[His] paintings illustrate his sense of fun. But they are also expressions of the life and humanity to be found beneath the skin of a conventional portrait. Continue reading Writer, Artist, Typographer: My Conversation With Johannes Kerkhoven.
she fell head first in love with the way the words
moved around in her mouth,
With the way her emotions tickled against
the backdrop of her heart. Continue reading I am Soul Virtual Blog Tour – Day Nine
I didn’t really discover how much I enjoy doing creative things until I retired, but when I was clearing out all my teaching papers I found poems written inside covers, in diaries and on scraps of paper all over the place. Continue reading A Date With . . . Penny Luker
I have always held girls and women in high regard, and this is reflected in my writing.
My female characters are never downtrodden, and in many cases are equal to, or stronger than the males. Continue reading A Date With . . . Tom Benson
Richard Ford, in his opening speech, spoke about second acts – the writer’s desire to improve on his first work. Ford has just completed his 12th ‘second act’ (his 13th novel). He claims that he advises students who want to write to try their hardest to talk themselves out of it. He gives the same advice to those planning to marry. There were awards galore, many of them for young writers from county Kerry. A life time achievement award was presented to the poet Brendan Kennelly by Colm Toibin. The award is named after Listowel born writer John.B Keane and … Continue reading Random thoughts from Listowel Writers’ Week opening night