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38. Prepping for NaNoWriMo

October 30th, 2016

This is the first in our nano series of nano podcasts about NaNoWriMo. Kate and Maire signed up to and have committed to writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of November... although we feel the actual number of words is negotiable.

In this episode we talk about what we plan to write and the things we are doing to prepare for the burst of productivity that's going to surge forth from us come the first of November.


Expect weekly podcasts throughout November as we come to terms with the graph!


This episode was presented by Kate Mulholland and Maire Brophy, and produced by Maire Brophy

37. Interview with Kevin Curran

October 27th, 2016

Author Kevin Curran talk to Irish Writers Podcast this week about his books Beatspoiltation and Citizens. Citizens, published earlier this year, tells a personal story of the 1916 Easter Rising juxtaposed with life in modern day Ireland. We talk about where the idea for Citizens came from, the challenges of writing dual timelines and a sense of place. Kevin also talks through the key events on his path to publication.

Presented and produced by Máire Brophy

36. Walking Around

October 13th, 2016

By nature we are innately curious as human beings. Exploration is in our genes. And what better world to explore than our own cities, beckoning us from the doorstep? In literature there seems to be an absence of women 'wandering' the streets as contemplative observers. At the very mention of women wandering the streets did it paint a negative picture in your mind? Why is that?

We discuss this and more in this week's episode. Our discussion stems from a book featured in The Guardian called Flaneuse: Women Walk the City by Lauren Elkin. 

To all the other flaneuses out there!
Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Kate Mulholland.

35. Fan Fiction and Ghostwriting

September 30th, 2016

In this episode Cathy brings up the topic of fan fiction. Are we fans of fan fiction?

There are some authors who have gone beyond influence to actually imitating well-known authors. We discuss the tension of finding your own voice while being influenced by the masters. 
We also put some what if questions out there about ghostwriting, and see who are the takers and who are not! 

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

34. Interview with Caitriona Lally

September 15th, 2016

This week I speak to author Caitriona Lally. Her debut novel Eggshells was released in 2015. We talk about a sense of place, comparisons with Joyce and the challenge of writing the second novel.

Presented and produced by Máire Brophy

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.

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.



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.

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.


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!

Presented and produced by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy