Week in review

And so, another week comes to a close. It was another workshoppy week that kicked off with Rob Doyle’s creative non-fiction here in Tallaght as part of the Red Line Book Festival. Thursday evening was given over to another in Tallaght Library on writing character with Lisa Harding and Friday saw the hat trick with a class on auto-fiction given by June Caldwell. All events were free and all were very informative. Three distinctly different writers gave very good workshops that couldn’t help but leave participants enthused and inspired.

Saturday evening took a darker turn, with the Killer Insights crime panel in the Civic Theatre. The panel was made of up local crime authors Cormac O’Keeffe, Patricia Gibney and Louise Phillips, along with the British writer Sophie Hannah. As is usual with events at the Red Line Book Festival, it didn’t disappoint. I love hearing from honest, down to earth writers no don’t blow their own bells and whistles. The panel came across as wonderfully honest about their processes and motivations. Cormac, Patricia and Louise flew the flag well for the Irish crime genre. Hats off to all involved!

And so for a quick recap on how the seachtain panned out: the novel made its way to some beta-readers (fingers and freckles are crossed), no poetry was born but plenty was conceived (I’ll work on the scribbles and notes when I make ‘poetry-time’), I read three books and in unrelated news, my nails are now (and will remain for the next three weeks) a type of glittery fuschia pink (Boomshellacalac!). Call it productive, unproductive, whatever you’re having yourself. J’écrit donc je suis.