Panenka – Book Review

Panenka – Book Review

Panenka – Rónán Hession (Bluemoose Books, May 2021). A celebration of the things other novels often avoid – and all the better for it. A wise man recently told me there are an estimated three billion football fans worldwide. Now this might be a slight overestimate...
The Erection Specialists

The Erection Specialists

My story ‘The Erection Specialists’ was published in The Honest Ulsterman on 22nd September 2020 – and if you are interested you can read it here.   It is entirely fictional, but based loosely (very loosely!) on my experiences putting up marquees...
What I’ve Been Reading

What I’ve Been Reading

Some of what I’ve been reading this year in no particular order: Tennis Lessons (Susannah Dickey – Doubleday): Equal parts funny and poignant, it chronicles a young misfit’s coming-of-age. The voice is razor sharp, as are the wry observations about...

News Updates

2021 Lines reviewed in Hotpress magazine. Line reviewed in The Irish Times. Line Reviewed in The Sunday Times. Huge thanks to Niamh Donelly for the following interview in the Irish Independent. Big thanks to Maeve Mulrennan for this interview, posted over at The...
What Is Pisa – And Why Should We Care?

What Is Pisa – And Why Should We Care?

With the U.K sitting in 18th position in the latest Pisa rankings, and the predictable furore about whether this is a justification or indictment of recent educational policy, it’s worth asking do we really know what the Pisa tables mean? On Tuesday 3rd December 2019...