Patricia’s Blog

Flowers overlooking a sea cliff in Achill

Writing about writing my book

May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Writing about writing my book

There is nothing this writer likes more than writing about their writing process. A recent visit to the Coming Home Famine Art exhibition at Dublin Castle prompted these thoughts about the the writing journey for my new book which has the famine experience at its heart. Thanks for sharing my thoughts.

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Like a rock in the sea, islanded by fields…..

Oct 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Like a rock in the sea, islanded by fields…..

Reading Mary Lavin’s story ‘In the Middle of the Fields’ in the recent anthology of Irish Women Writers The Long Gaze Back, I was reminded of a visit to East Walpole on the outskirts of Boston several years ago. I had travelled along Washington Street which seemed to extend forever in straight lines south-east of the…

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What is it about walking?

Sep 23, 2015 | Comments Off on What is it about walking?

Concord, Massachusetts, the birth place of Henry David Thoreau, is a very civilised place these days. When I travelled there from Boston, I had to go to the nearby Walden Pond, the place Thoreau made famous and where he lived the simple life in a cabin for two years. His essay, Walking (1862), is one of…

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Time Lines

Sep 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Time Lines

In the Stepping Stones interviews Seamus Heaney spoke to Dennis O’Driscoll about the ‘power of a dividing line’: the line of the first ploughed furrow; the laying of a house foundation; the marking out of a football pitch; the place of sanctuary behind the altar rails; the space between graveyard and road. Lines mark out spaces that…

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Making Facts Dance

Apr 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Making Facts Dance

My piece in the current edition of here describes the path I travelled in writing my nonfiction book The Veiled Woman of Achill and the challenge of staying true to the facts of the story while building a compelling narrative around the 1894 dark events at the Valley House, Achill.    

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Rain that is Absolute, Maginificent and Frightening: Heinrich Boll’s Ireland

Mar 19, 2012 | Comments Off on Rain that is Absolute, Maginificent and Frightening: Heinrich Boll’s Ireland

Heinrich Boll in Ireland | Melville House Books. Melville House included Heinrich Boll’s Irish Journal in their book bundle for Saint Patrick’s Day. Boll’s book includes a wonderful sentence about Irish rain: ‘The rain here is absolute, magnificent, and frightening. To call this rain bad weather is as inappropriate as to call scorching sunshine fine weather.’ Irish Journal covers…

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Aug 9, 2011 | Comments Off on Plumming

Back in January I committed with great enthusiasm to the post a week challenge. But it became a tyrant. Then, about a month ago, without really planning it, I stopped blogging. I took a blogger holiday. It seems to have worked for this morning the urge was back – inspired by the magic of the plum-tree in my back…

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Writer’s Block

Jul 6, 2011 | Comments Off on Writer’s Block

I love this image of Writer’s Block.

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True or False

Apr 10, 2011 | Comments Off on True or False

This is a true story | A guide to reading narrative nonfiction. It was good to come across this blog for readers of Creative Nonfiction.  While aimed at readers, it’s packed with useful resources, tips and links for the nonfiction writer. I’m wrestling at the moment with my manuscript that is based on true events…

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Blogging / Writing is good for your health

Mar 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Blogging / Writing is good for your health

 I like this post – from a Techie – about the therapeutic effects of blogging and expressive writing. It seems to be about the process you go through in coming up with and arranging the words. The post has a link to some scientific evidence on the benefits of blogging /writing. And our words create a legacy – leave a…

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