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World Poetry Day “Back Up Quick They’re Hippies”


Today, March 21st, is World Poetry Day.   Yes it matters, yes poetry counts.   Now grown up, semi-responsible, semi-respectable, a member of the Establishment, property owner; over breakfast in Berlin on the second day of spring I read a poem which, in fewer than...

Poor Frida Kahlo


  When, thirty years ago, on return from the US, I told the artist Dorothy Cross the news about our wedding and how I’d got married lying down, she started to laugh and said “You and Frida Kahlo!” and thus turned me on to the...

PAD WOMEN


  The film “Pad Man” is a great story about a difficult crusade. Essentially, the person who endeavoured to bring sanitary towels to all Indian woman suffered physically and emotionally, lost his spouse and was shunned….though he did not regularly bleed. This is how women...

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THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON


One of my Goddaughters, Lucy Pearce, runs “Be Your Own Publisher” e-courses and a publishing business, which includes editing and production and writes a blog. Her latest entry “Stranger than Fiction” ( http://dreamingaloud.net/2015/07/stranger-than-fiction/) I found not stranger than fiction at all, but absolutely understandable and...

The Eight Weeks of Christmas


  It is the fading of the year. The clocks have gone back, and with the evenings dark and long we have started lighting a fire, the woodpile is neat and full against the house and the logs are dry. There is snow on our...

The Smell of Lilac. The May Day Procession


This is a piece I wrote several years ago, about the May Day procession in a convent boarding school in Limerick.   I’m dusting it off for May Day, as a  trove of bittersweet memories and sentiment is stirred by hearing Canon Sydney MacEwan singing the Marian...

Room


  A while ago someone asked “If you were to live in a book, what would it be?” I immediately thought of the book in which I would most NOT want to live:  “Room.”   Emma Donoghue’s novel “Room” is a work of fiction told...

Kevin Pearce


    Kevin Pearce is an internationally famous snowboarder who was critically injured when he struck his head above the eyes on the edge of the pipe during a halfpipe training run on New Year’s Eve 2009 in Park City, Utah. He remained critically ill...

Love In The Air


                          On November 1st 1986, Himself and myself fell in love, in a helicopter out over the County Cork coast.   He was the hands-on producer of a new television series for RTE...