Writing

Essay for Granta: ‘Second Mother’

I can't say much more about this new essay for Granta other than it's about someone I love very much. It's called 'Second Mother'. They say it started with blackouts. Falling like a felled tree in unforested places. Several times, outside the strip of shops she lives...

Essay in Gorse Issue 8

The latest issue of Gorse (No. 8, April 2017) is themed around the body. I've contributed an essay. 'Your Chroma' about the colour red and the body, art, fairytales, surgery, Frida Kahlo, saints, William Gass and er, the video for Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love'....

New essay for Granta: Blue Hills and Chalk Bones

I wrote an essay for Granta about women's bodies, illness, shame, religion and a trip to Lourdes. The opening section is below and you can read the piece in full here: The Bullet Catch The body is an afterthought. We don’t stop to think of how the heart is beating its...

Announcing The Glass Shore…

Happy International Women's Day - and congratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney (both Long Gaze Back contributors) who have been nominated for the Bailey's Prize. Over the weekend I chaired a Long Gaze Back Panel event, with Lisa McInerney, Siobhan Mannion...

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