More Good News!

This morning I received a very welcome letter in the post: I was informed that my short story ‘The Secret’ has been placed amongst the top five entries for Listowel Writers’ Week Originals, Short Story Competition; the adjudicator highly commended my work. I an delighted! Thank you very much to Eilish Wren, and the team at Listowel Writers’ Week, for taking the time to let me know that you my story was so successful.

On Saturday (after a lot of preparation) I ran my first ever workshop on punctuation, and, believe it or not, it was a lot of fun. Yes, a group of adults were laughing and giggling around a table, from 10.30am – 3p.m., discussing whether it was appropriate to use a semicolon, colon or dash in different instances. By the end of the day, I had converted several of the students to my way of thinking (Punctuation Rocks!) and they have asked me to run a follow up workshop on the same topic, and this time to include grammar! Well, I am happy to serve (as long as we also find the time to my other favourite topic – books!).

Summer classes are now under way, and this term Holm Patrick National School, in Skerries, have invited me to teach creative writing classes to their ten to twelve year-olds after school. I begin this Friday, and am looking forward to it. If any other schools would like me to do the same in September, please let me know.

There are only five more weeks until my holiday (which will be spent in Kerry with my family) and then it will be straight into week-long summer camps in Skerries Mills (for children and teenagers) and week-long courses for adults.  Places are already beginning to book up, so if you’re interested please go to the Summer Camps page:

Thanks for reading.