Prize and privilege

One of the most prestigious writing prizes has just been awarded. For the first time it's gone to a writer from Northern Ireland. So far so good. But as usual two things are putting me off reading a prize winning novel. OK, one thing puts me off reading, the other makes me think about privilege,... Continue Reading →

Islands and inspiration – how islands can make a great story

I could go all metaphorical here and say that every writer is an island because ideas must spring from the writer's head alone... But I won't. I'm thinking about real islands and why I like them and why we humans are so fascinated by them. I also suggest some specific islands that could inspire your... Continue Reading →

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