October 8, 2019

Autumn comes with plenty of good news - I have signed a contract for translation of my novel, ‘Pretty Ugly’ and have been selected to host a special event at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, developed in honor of the Irish Nobel Laureate poet.

After enjoying a great week in...

December 4, 2018

An honor to be invited to host an afternoon of creative writing at the Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival in Letterkenny, Donegal recently. Sitting with people who recounted fascinating stories about their experiences in exotic parts of the world such as Africa and So...

March 26, 2018

Was Van ‘the Man’ Morrison inspired by Seamus Heaney’s delightful poem ‘Death of A Naturalist’ when the world renown R&B singer wrote his timeless ode to youth, ‘Coney Island’?

And what possible connection could there be between the old Belfast street song ‘My Aunt Jane...

March 25, 2018

The globe-trotting Belfast-born reporter covered the United Nations and started the first journalism school in post-communist Romania. Now the book of his most significant story - the scandal of unregulated cosmetics in the US - has won plaudits from Senator Ted Kenned...

November 30, 2017

Pre-holiday movie madness begins in two weeks (Friday, December 15 to be exact) when the long-awaited Star Wars blockbuster, ‘The Last Jedi,’ hits a screen near you.

And there’s a link to suspense novel, ‘Pretty Ugly.’

Not, it’s not (yet) that death-defying Luke Skywalke...

November 21, 2017

It’s not often one watches an exciting suspense movie based on true events, then wander into a bar an hour later and meet some of the very people involved in the real thing.

But that happened to me recently.

It was an intriguing, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

And, who kn...

November 5, 2017

Considering it's the world’s most precious metal, the most status of symbols and the world’s first ever currency and has been around since ancient times - flakes of it having been found in Paleolithic caves dating back to 40,000 BC - gold is so valuable that even Egypt...

July 14, 2017

Invasion by giant rhubarb plants throughout Donegal’s Gaoth Dobhair region captured the imagination of international writers during this summer’s ‘Ireland Writing Retreat’ – with intriguing stories involving faeries and magical creatures emerging onto blank pages. Some...

June 25, 2017

Illustrating the wide span of activities at Belfast’s Crescent Arts Centre, walking to Room 3 on the second floor earlier this week where I was hosting a workshop on creative writing at the city’s annual book festival, I passed a book club meeting, a dance class, an ev...

April 19, 2017

Speaking before distinctive audiences of high-level academics, medical leaders, journalists and editors in diverse settings across the United States recently about the genesis of my novel, ‘Pretty Ugly,’ has been a most exhilarating and fun-filled experience.

Now back i...

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