Children Need Us This Christmas

Christmas time is upon us once again and as it is me, I tend to be reflective. There is a very sad side to Christmas for me – having to deal with the grief of getting to another Christmas without my two eldest daughters. That sadness, but also just being a mother in general means…

October: Infant Loss Awareness Month Begins

Grief is a very peculiar animal. You can go for seemingly endless time periods without it overwhelming you and then it hits you, violently, like a tidal wave. I lost my daughters eleven years ago and there are times I suddenly feel like I have been lifted off my feet by the strength of my…

Ten Years Ago: I Met My Daisy

This time 10 years ago, I was terrified. I’ve been in and witnessed things by that point in my life that had sincerely scared me, but nothing was comparable to this. The possibility of losing a baby. Again. Every move my baby made was just a tiny, quick wearing off injection of reassurance. Every time…

Letting a Character Move In(to your head)

I write, as you know.  For me, I write therefore I am. I write professionally in fits and starts these days, but most of my work is for my own enjoyment. One of the many complicated side effects of being a long-term writer, is living with the characters. I share my head with a varied…

Met Office Announces Storm Names 2018/19

The autumn is upon us and for weather watchers, this doesn’t just mean the cooling temperatures or darkening days but the announcement of this year’s storm names. The Met Office (and Met Éireann) have sent out to email subscribers (of course I am one) it’s list of names. According to the Met Office’s Head of…

Responsibility to History

Last Night whilst I was in bed, I turned on the TV and put on some YouTube videos. I love factual content or something that makes you think, so, for some reason, I was drawn towards a few short fact files on the 11th September attacks. I watched  few and it was only later that…

The Post-Facebook World

If you are reading this, the likelihood is – you are probably one of the 2.23 billion members of social media mega-giant Facebook. As most of us are members, would it surprise you to know that I’m post-Facebook and no longer post on there? I joined up in 2006 when the social network was just…

Graduation: Getting Your Name Right

I glanced at an article on the BBC News website concerning the tricky territory faced by many a student and academic – pronouncing someones name right at a graduation ceremony. From being both a graduand with a difficult surname and a person who makes gainful employment at a towering institution of higher education (perhaps not towering), I…

Eva, 20

To my little sister Eva – wherever you are, whoever you’re with: Happy  birthday darling. You were such a beautiful baby and I am proud of the beautiful young woman I believe you are. I’m as proud and as in love with you as I was the moment we met. I know our mother will…

Bad Writing Advice – Probably

I missed the #NationalWritingDay to impart some kid of wisdom – which I wish I had in the first place. However, two bits of advice come to the fore. This is mainly because my older daughter is currently writing and illustrating a book of her own and knows Mummy can knock a few sentences together….