This is a blog about art, fiction and history, both separately and where they overlap.
I’m an award-winning Irish novelist (The Hennessy Award, Lannan Foundation Award) and short story writer, the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey, and two collections of short stories, A Lazy Eye and Prosperity Drive. (See my Books page.)
I have 20 years experience of teaching creative writing at university level in the US and Ireland. Until May 2020, I was the associate director of creative writing at University College Cork, teaching on the MA in Creative Writing and leading undergraduate teaching of creative writing.
I now offer one-to-one creative mentoring and editing and appraisal services for writers – see the Deadline Desk page on this site.
I’m also a superannuated hack, with 30 years’ experience as a journalist, having worked as a reporter/feature writer/sub-editor on three of Ireland’s national dailies. I still write articles for various publications and websites and review fiction, as well as keeping this blog fed, and curating a second site – unawattersartist.wordpress.com– devoted to the Dublin artist and designer Una Watters (1918 – 1965)