I heard this voice on the radio about a month ago. It was like getting washed with a pail of water – a cracked pane in the window and frost outside. Yesterday was my birthday, so we went to hear Lisa O’Neill play at the Sugar Club. I could try and describe her extraordinary performance, the humour of her song-writing, the range of her voice but there’s little point. Just treat yourself to the album: Same Cloth or Not. Here’s a taster to wish you all a Happy 2014!
The Irish Writers’ Centre at Parnell Square have invited me to lead a two-day course, called ‘Writing from Life,’ next spring. I will be sending out a short reading list in January to those interested in participating. I know how hard it is to get your fresh print in all its smudgy, trembling, first glory to enter a room and claim its reader without apology. Further details below.
Writing from Life with Selina Guinness
Sat 1st Mar + Sat 8th Mar • 10.30AM – 4.30pM • 2 days • €150/€135 Members
This course invites participants who have already started writing a memoir or non-fiction essays. It starts from the premise that many key elements of narrative fiction equally apply to writing non-fiction: creating a point-of-view, controlling the pace of disclosure, finding strong characters in vivid and credible settings. We will also consider the ethical and political questions raised by writing from life. Participants should come to the workshop with works-in-progress ready for development. Selina Guinness’s memoir, The Crocodile by the Door, was shortlisted in the Biography section for the Costa Book Awards 2012 and in the Best Newcomer category for the Bord Gais Irish Energy Book Awards 2012.