Easter 1916 | Writers and fighters

History is set in stone, but people always love to imagine the road not taken. One of the great what-ifs of Irish history is what would have happened if the 1916 leaders hadn’t been executed. A less often posed question is what would the…

Books are not Dead Things

Recently, I visited a café in south county Dublin and noticed that the walls were decorated with shelves chock-full of books. Piles of them, literally, ten and twelve high in some places. They were all hardbacks of a certain era – 1940s/50s…

Relevant Questions (Creative Writing)

Did you ever think of becoming a writer? When I was asked that question in 1975, it had never crossed my mind.  But I’ve spent the last 38 years following a vocation that was uncorked by that simple, provocative question. At the time, I was…