Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RTE Arena Flash Fiction Challenge - The Results

The RTE Radio 1 Arena Flash Fiction Challenge winners 2012 were announced last night.
The overall winner was Kerrie O'Brien, the details are listed here

My piece 'You talkin' to me?' was listed in the 'Special Mentions'.  It's a piece about a small time Dublin criminal who has a Robert de Niro fixation.

Congratulations to everyone on the lists!

Dave Lordan was the judge and read an extract from my piece on the show on RTE Radio 1 on the 24th April when the competition was still open.  It can be heard here about 7 minutes in, starts with 'Matthew...'.

I may extend my story and work on it a bit and try and find a new home for it.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Novelicious Undiscovered Showcase - 'The Irish Poet'

If you have a few minutes to spare today, check out my first chapter entry  
'The Irish Poet'   
on the Novelicious website.   You can read it here

It is one of twenty entries in the Novelicious Undiscovered Competition.
This is my first venture into writing popular fiction, so I hope it reads o.k.

The Irish Poet character is purely fictional (sorry, ladies) and is not based on any Irish Poets I have met (not that I have met many) so far in my writing journey. 

So enjoy! (fingers crossed!) 

Voting for your favourite entry is on June 5th.

Big thanks to everyone who promoted me on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Writing News

Talented Irish writer, Alison Wells, is launching her novel 'Housewife with a Half-Life' today.
A great title and book cover! Check out her blog here for details.
Wishing her great success with it!

Some little bits of new from myself:

My first chapter from 'The Irish Poet' will be featured on the Novelicious blog this week on Thursday 10th May. if you fancy a read, comments are welcomed.

Voting for your favourite entry is on June 5th, I will post the link closer to the date if anyone wishes to vote, thanks.

My short story 'Message in a Powers bottle' was included on the longlist for the Irish Times Powers Short Story Competition at the weekend.
The link is here if you have a few minutes to spare and wish to have a read of it.
Best of luck to all the other short story writers who were featured !!