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writing

  • The Writer's Life

    Postcard of My Life

      Writing at 6.00 am and I suddenly need reminding of the coldest of cold for this scene. I want to hear another writer’s description, what they chose to pick out among the myriad of details available. Normally easy: I’d rush upstairs and retrieve Barry…

  • The Writer's Life

    Let’s Study Philosophy In Ireland…

      My sister and I are as different as can be, with opposing values and political views. She cares almost exclusively for things and very little for ideas, unless those ideas can somehow be monetised. I grew up reading poetry and novels while she read…

  • The Writer's Economy

    The New Freelancers

      Earlier this year, The Financial Times reported that fifty-four million workers in the US are now freelancing for a living. The word freelancing, traditionally associated with writing and journalism, now extends to any job a person does as an independent contractor for a firm.…

  • The Writer's Economy

    Necessary Failures

        In 2006 Hilary Mantel and I went on a book tour together. This was back before she became an untouchably famous, extremely revered double Booker prize winner and was just ordinary famous and touring with her novel, Beyond Black.   I was promoting…