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And the good news is …

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We’re just back from South Africa, that miracle of a country – though you wouldn’t believe it from the media. The papers, TV and radio news were awash with crime stories, corruption scandals and criticism of the government. The stabbing of a man waiting by the roadside after his car broke down; the report on […]

Class Act

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Huge thanks to Mercier Press and Barker & Jones bookshop for contributing proceeds from the launch of Class Act on Saturday to the Nepal earthquake fund set up by Nepal Leprosy Trust. Their donation plus author royalties comes to 32% of each book sold. Class act!

Washing feet gives you wiiings

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I’ve never given feet much thought. Mine are mercifully far away, rarely cause trouble and spend most of the day out of sight. As for toes, those weird little worms, I’ve tried not to think about them at all. But 2 weeks in Nepal have given me a whole new appreciation of all things sub-ankly. […]

Class Act

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My new book’s arrived on the doorstep, shiny and exciting and just a bit scary. Class Act will be in the bookshops on Friday.  What’s the point of Brian O’Bunion? His teacher hates him. His schoolmates ignore him. His dad hasn’t bought him Coco Pops for two years, one month and nineteen days. He feels […]

Not a million miles away

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What does an old lady living in a hole in a riverbank nearly 5,000 miles away have in common with an Irish teenager? What challenges or feelings could they possibly share? You’d be amazed. When secondary school pupils in Dublin hear about Bal Kumari, the grandmother who was thrown out of her home in rural […]

Steaming Stories

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The hollow whistles, the kindly old smell of coal, the dragon smoke curling outside the window … it was all aboard the Story Steam Train for World Book Day (Thurs 5th March). Officially there were 5 storytellers – Seosamh Ó Maolalaí, Oisin McGann, Nicola Pierce, Rod Smith and me – joining Laureate na nÓg Eoin […]

Marking Leprosy

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Yesterday was World Leprosy Day. As a volunteer with Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) Ireland, I’ve noticed how it’s barely on the radar for many people, often regarded as a relic from the Bible, more metaphor than modern reality. But in 2013 there were nearly 200,000 cases globally – and that’s just the reported ones. It’s […]

We are the Champions

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Let’s hear it for libraries! Where better to stick your head on a wet afternoon than inside a book inside a library? The Reading Champions initiative, launched at Dublin City Library, celebrates reading and libraries with the help of TV personalities, sports men and women, not to mention the odd (if not very) author. Primary […]

We ‘♥’ Books, Pencil Cases, Tin Tin and Moustache-Throwing

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Great fun at the Linenhall Theatre, Castlebar on World Book Day yesterday, during the ‘We ‘♥’ Books tour. To four schools (including the huggy-named Snugboro) Alan Nolan, Sarah Webb and I talked about the wonders of books, comics and stories. Sarah told us about her favourite books growing up, and the tragic tale of a […]

Gobblefunked!

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Enjoy this recent interview with Debbie by Gobblefunked. Just click here.