One step on a long road of steps?


Having an illness such as ME, you become accustomed to ignorant comments. Such words are part and parcel of living with a condition that few know and understand – most of the knowledgeable people being patients, not the wider world – . However, when you sit opposite a doctor and listen to their illiterate spews,…

ME to feature at Cork Film Festival


From November 10th through to November 19th, Ireland’s oldest film festival, the Cork Film Festival, will take place. It promises to host a myriad of films and this year, the illness ME features when Jenifer Brea’s movie Unrest  airs on November 19th. Jennifer Brea was 28-years-old and about to be married when she was struck by…

Post Ophelia


Magically in this house we woke post storm unscathed and thankful. Not everyone in Ireland is as lucky as us. Three people lost their lives. Today the task of assessing the damage begins, schools remain closed and over a quarter of a million people remain without electricity. Some may be without power for a week…

The Irony of Life in Time


A few weeks ago I wrote a column for a magazine but at the last moment the piece was swapped for a fiction story of mine instead. Today I’m attempting to pace myself while moving some belongings upstairs. My brain trying to dissimulate the words hurricane and Ireland. Tomorrow ex hurricane Ophelia in her post…

Autumn Abound


As hues of yellow and brown creep their way onto my autumn canvas and the earth transitions, I find myself too transitioning, teetering between long summer hours and the brevity of winter days to come. And so the last hurrah of sorts occurs, a final nod toward what was and what’s about to be. The luxury…

The Del Sol Review


My short story “The Spring when nothing grew” was recently published in The Del Sol Review and can be read here. Since falling ill words have become my friends, twisting and shaping their lives into my head. This story is one such friend.  

My Penpal and ME


As an ME patient I believe a successful treatment will one day become available to us, however, in the meantime I equally believe patients deserve to sit opposite medics who know what ME is, how to diagnose it and how also to support patients through this life changing, debilitating illness. Such support is currently lacking…

NY Literary Magazine


Two of my poems “The Balanced Book” and It’s the not Thinking” have been published in the   NY Literary Magazine’s “ECHOES” Anthology – Collection of Modern Poems with Deep Meaning   and my poem “The Balanced Book” received 2nd place in the poems about life category. As per Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Harding: “Echoes” is a poetry collection…

One Hundred Voices


  The anthology One Hundred Voices (Centum Press 2016) contains short stories and flash fiction written by a varied mix of 100 authors and I’m pleased to have my fiction piece “The Giraffe Hunters” (previously published by The Nottingham Review) between its covers. Should you wish to purchase the book, it can be ordered via…

Musings from her couch – May Issue


Is privacy a word of our past? Something the next generation will hear about but never fully understand and will blame be placed on us for its demise? After all, it’s we who allow social media sit with us at dinner tables, share intimate family dates, some even take this social tool away on holidays,…

Time Heals All?


We’ve all heard the phrase “Time heals all wounds”. Whether these words have been said to us or by us, we’ve heard of this mysterious clock, the one that ticks by effortlessly, healing every wound and scar. For most, the clock is never found, the wounds never fully heal and the scars are reminders of…

Addition, Subtraction, Division


Numbers retired from my life many years ago and I began living from blocks of energy instead of blocks of the clock. The strange thing about such retirement is that I’m often alone in my perception of time and so statements such as “I can’t attend your gathering this evening because I’m going for lunch…