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Episode 33 - Intro to Season 2

September 1st, 2016

We're back after the summer for our second year of podcasting. In this episode we finally talk about the writers retreat we had back in May and then get on to the business of the writing update.

Kate talks about a new challenge in a new format as she moves to screenwriting, Cathy tells us about her phoenix edit and Maire has some positive news.

Presented by Máire Brophy, Kate Mulholland and Cathy Clarke. Produced by Máire Brophy.

Episode 32: Interview with Catherine Ryan Howard

May 12th, 2016

On this week’s episode we meet with author Catherine Ryan Howard, whose debut fiction novel Distress Signals was released last week. While this is Catherine’s first fiction publication, she is an experienced writer with three self-published non-fiction books under her belt already. She talks us through her writing process, the experience of working with publishing house editors, and the importance of passion for what you are writing.

Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Máire Brophy.


Episode 31: Inspired by Roland

May 5th, 2016

HI everyone!

In this episode we get inspired by Roland Evan's conversation and talk about how we want to incorporate his simple but brilliant advice and creative retreats into our own writing process. We also comment on names and their significance, and how some names would just be tough to have going through school.

Episode 30: Conversation with Roland Evans

April 28th, 2016


This week we have the privilege of hearing from Roland Evans author of The Marshland Chronicles, a dystopian fantasy and coming of age novel. Roland was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2010 which gave him incentive to finish his book. We talk about how environment and life experience play key roles in his story and world-building, and how a weekend retreat could end up in an idea for a story. He touches on coming up with names, and gives us real gems on editing that you don't want to miss!

To get a copy of Roland's book, The Marshland Chronicles, go to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association website. The book is available from the IMNDA shop for 15 euro at . All proceeds go towards the IMNDA as to Roland's request.

Episode 29 - Rethinking Novellas

April 21st, 2016

This week we reconsider what we’ve been told about writing novellas – that is not to do it – and examine what novellas are, how to write them, where they can be published and who likes to read them. As a result I’m much less freaked out about the idea that I might be writing one!


Episode 28 - The Joanne Clancy Affair

April 14th, 2016

This week we talk about the story that’s a fire all over the writing world. Eilis O’Hanlon published an article in theIrish Independent about how she discovered her published novels were stolen and available for sale on kindle under the name Joanne Clancy. A very little digging finds that “Joanne Clancy” has 26 novels to her name and claims to go from start to finish writing a novel in just 6 weeks. We’re agog and aghast and also other words, which we’re afraid to write down lest they be stolen! But just how far does the conspiracy go?


Episode 27 - Writers Update & Sharing with Others

April 7th, 2016


This week we give an update on our writing and how we are (slowly, ever so slowly) progressing.

Kate also shares with us an experience she had sharing her writing process with a creative group based in Dublin.

We hope you enjoy listening,




Episode 26 - International Literary Festival Dublin

March 10th, 2016


This week 2/3 of the podcast team attended the Town Hall meeting called by the International Literary Festival Dublin to discuss the upcoming event. In this podcast we discuss the outcomes of that meeting for those who could not attend and throw up a few ideas of our own.

The International Literary Festival Dublin is calling for suggestions at the moment – so anyone with suggestions can contact them at


We will be taking a break for the next three weeks as Ireland closes to celebrate Paddy's Day and Easter, but will be back with you guys on the 7th April.


We hope you enjoy listening,



Episode 25 - Fantastic Writing, Writing Fantasy

March 3rd, 2016

This week we focus on writing fantasy. Kate is a practiced hand and I’ve just begun, so we go through Melissa Kelly’s Top Eight Rules For Writing Fantasy and talk about what we’ve done, what we have yet to do, and what we feel guilty about not doing.

Kate mentions Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work and the Mythcreants in her very knowledgeable take on writing fantasy. Cathy keeps us on track, reminding us that much of this is good advice for writing in all genres, and I threaten everyone with the potential of writing ‘Orcrotica’!




Episode 24 - Pirate Love & Historical Fiction

February 25th, 2016

This week we chat about Historical Fiction, what it is and how to write it best.


We hope you enjoy listening,