Not Gone

Today is my father's anniversary. Each year, I publish a short poem in the local paper to remember him. The words are as true today as when I first wrote them. The slippers lying empty under the bed; The shovel lying idle in the shed; The numbers scribbled beside the telephone. A new reminder every…

Flash Floyd

Last night we had the January gathering of the Sunflower Sessions in Dublin. It was also the official launch of the second issue of Flare, currently available from Books Upstairs. And it was an ideal opportunity to announce the Dublin launch of Talkin' Squirrel Blues, taking place on 6 April at the Irish Writers Centre…

Rolling in the Deep with Fingers Flaherty

Today I was interviewed on the Midmorning Show on LMFM. I spoke about Talkin' Squirrel Blues and the various influences that inspired me on my squirrelly journey. If you'd like to listen to the interview, here's the podcast. The interview starts around the 9:00 mark. Listen! On the live broadcast, just before the interview, they…

Video Filmed the Squirrelly Star

The great and the good of Dundalk turned out in force on Saturday at 23 Seats for the launch of Talkin' Squirrel Blues.  A tasty blend of delicious coffee and light blues music provided the ideal ambience for an evening of literature and music, chocolate and chat. We often need a deadline to focus our minds. So an…

Book launch at 23 Seats

And finally, the big night arrived... The Wild Weather Blues were in the air. But despite predictions of snowmageddon, a large crowd of family and friends turned out for the launch of Talking' Squirrel Blues at 23 Seats in Dundalk this evening. A huge word of thanks to everyone who showed up and made it such…

I Was Donald Trump’s Nanny

So long as you're not in the obituary page or the crime notices, a mention in the local paper is usually a nice thing. And sometimes it's a very exciting thing! This week, I graced the arts page of The Argus, our local newspaper. Floyd, Moses and Fingers Flaherty also put in an appearance. Below…

Think global, act local

They say all politics is local. And promotional campaigns need a local base too. So I'm delighted to announce that our local supermarket, McCrystal's XL, will be stocking Talkin' Squirrel Blues. It was quite a thrill to see my humble little poster making its presence felt on the edges of the local notice board! And then…

From self to shelf

It takes a long time for a book idea to evolve from a vague idea inside your head into a paperback book on the shelf of the local bookstore. But the destination is worth the journey. Last week, I delivered copies of Talkin' Squirrel Blues to Roe River Books (formerly Carroll's bookstore) in Dundalk. First…

Talkin’ Squirrel Blues launch (Dundalk)

The official launch of Talkin' Squirrel Blues is getting nearer! This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Sinéad Roche and the wonderful staff at Dundalk Tourist Office. Looking forward to working with them as we help to promote local businesses in the run up to the book launch. 🙂 The book launch will take…