Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

“Our ones” and “Your ones” – the fragility of nationhood

When I was a child there were six or seven of us who used to play in the street and in each other’s gardens. We played tig, hide and seek, raced each other, squabbled and forgot it again in seconds. … Continue reading

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The Hairy Backside!

Every writer says it; every writer knows it; every writer does it! Just listening to people around you is sooo useful. Sometimes I think my ears must be out on waggling stalks as I try to catch some interesting bit … Continue reading

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Love is: never going back to yesterday

As a student in 1969, I was full of the exciting possibilities of life ahead. I could not know then that the troubles that started in Northern Ireland would be the background for my studies, my work, my marriage and … Continue reading

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What’s so weird about total abstinence?

When I was a student, there was a drinking den in the alleyway at the back of our flat, between our street and the next. The nightly activities were a cause of disturbance to us and others. One day I mentioned … Continue reading

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Fiction versus Faith?

As a writer, I find it absorbing to investigate the grey areas of life; to look at the human condition and to subject it to stresses that impinge on ethical and moral dilemmas. Religious belief informs the behaviour of many … Continue reading

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Novel “Maker of Footprints” now available for Kindle

Hi everyone I’m excited to report that my novel Maker of Footprints is now available for Kindle! Look here to see a synopsis of the story or to purchase the paperback if you’d prefer. I loved writing this novel. In … Continue reading

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