While it’s widely accepted that kids and writing don’t mix, Andrea Mara and other juggling authors discover their offspring can offer inspiration.When Cyril Connolly famously said the pram in the hall was the enemy of good art, a link between parenting and creativity was born - one that has been discussed many times over since.John Banville sparked controversy a few years ago when he said in a newspaper interview that it’s impossible to be a good father and a writer — it prompted irritated responses from the numerous authors who are doing exactly that. But whatever way you look at it, it’s unlikely you can write a Booker Prize-winning novel with a toddler pulling out of your leg, and you can’t go to a writer’s retreat with three kids in tow (I know, I’ve checked).Indeed as I watch child-free authors go to launches and literary festivals, I wonder sometimes what that might be like — to travel at will, without the need for … [Read more...] about Writing with kids – easy as ABC?
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We have teamed up with Eason, Northern Ireland’s leading retailer of books, stationery, magazines and much more to give you the chance to win a fabulous bundle of their top summer reads. And all you have to do is send us in your own composition, an original short story on the theme of ‘summer’. Our judges are looking for an engaging read, which is no longer than 500 words. Your story could be about remembrance of summers past, an unforgettable summer in a character’s life or anything else summer-related that you feel inspired to write about. The winning entry will be published in Johnston Press titles across Northern Ireland, as well as on our websites. With so many fabulous titles to choose from, Eason has handpicked a selection of their top recommended novels, life guides and autobiographies and you could win the lot! The winning writer will receive a bundle of top titles including:*The Year that Changed Everything, Cathy Kelly*Fall From Grace, Danielle … [Read more...] about Enter short story competition and win Eason top summer reads
ALL round to Mrs Brown's is back with a brand new series. Here's all you need to know about when you can next catch it and who's in the line-up... When can I watch All Round to Mrs Brown’s and what's it about? All Round to Mrs Brown's continues with an hour-long episode on Saturday, May 26 at 9.15pm on BBC One. The British-Irish comedy talk show will then continue every Saturday night at the same time. It’s created by and starring Brendan O'Carroll along with his family and other cast members from his original comedy show, Mrs. Brown's Boys. The show is presented by Mrs Brown’s daughter Cathy (played by Jennifer Gibney – who is Brendan’s wife in real life). What celebrity guests will be on All Round to Mrs Brown’s? The second episode features England cricket legend Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, funnyman Jason Manford and athletes Fatima Whitbread and Jonnie Peacock. This week the musical slot features Clean Bandit. The previous series included the … [Read more...] about When is All Round to Mrs Brown’s on BBC One tonight, who is Brendan O’Carroll and which guests are in the line-up?
Lidl National Football League Division Two semi-final: Cavan 1-8 Waterford 0-8CATHERINE Dolan's early second half goal proved decisive in their semi-final victory over Waterford at St Brendan's Park Birr on Sunday as Cavan booked their place in back-to-back Division Two finals.The Breffni County, who lost out on the Division Two title and promotion after a replay to Westmeath last year, charged out of the blocks to lead 0-4 to 0-0 after eight minutes. Playing with the strong wind, Aisling Doonan got James Daly's side up and running in the first minute with Bronagh Sheridan adding a brace and Doonan finding her range again to put some early pressure on their opponents, who were struggling to convert their chances at the other end. They did eventually get on the scoreboard in the 19th minute through Maria Delahunty but that point was quickly cancelled out by Doonan who put the Cavan lead back to four, 0-5 to 0-1. Waterford did hit the last two scores of the first half, a Delahunty free … [Read more...] about Catherine Dolan goal paves the way for Cavan to Ladies Football final
2017 was a tough year, as we said goodbye to some of our best known and well-loved figures - from Sir Bruce Forsyth and Keith Chegwin to John Hurt and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. And the losses continued into 2018 with famous names from Stephen Hawking to Ken Dodd, and Jim Bowen to Cyrille Regis sadly passing away. Fans shared their memories and fellow stars paid tribute as they remembered those we have lost. Here's a look at all of the celebrities we've lost in 2018 so far who have inspired generations. JUNE Anthony Bourdain Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died on June 8, aged 61. CNN, who he worked for, confirmed the news in a statement and revealed the cause of death as suicide. Bourdain had been in France working on an episode of his award-winning series Parts Unknown. His close friend, French chef Eric Ripert is reported to have found Bourdain unresponsive in his Strasbourg hotel room. Bourdain first shot to fame with the release of his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The … [Read more...] about Famous faces who have died in 2018