Women’s Christmas

  Yes, it’s a thing. Nollaig na mBan is the day when, in rural Irish communities, the men take on the household duties as a way of honouring all the work the women have done to make Christmas happen (and everything else all through out the year but who’s keeping score, eh?). I’m writing this at...

A conversation with Lucy Pearce

I will be forever grateful to my friend Robyn who emailed me from France one day when I was in the thick of life with little littles and struggling to reconcile my creative desires with early motherhood. She told me about a book called the Rainbow Way which dealt head on with the very issues...

A conversation with Janine Boyd

A few weeks ago, I went to a photography workshop round at Janine Boyd’s house in an attempt to learn a few tips so that I can have a more interesting Instagram feed. We met through Picking up the Pieces artist, Lyn Magill, on one of her sea swimming adventures. I didn’t know Janine well...

A conversation with Heather McKay

Heather McKay of Head in the Clouds Ireland has just had a gorgeous revamp to her website in time for the Christmas season. If you don’t know Heather’s work then you’re going to want to check it out because her Christmas cards are some of the most joyful things you’ll ever stick in a post...

#Christmasfeels

Where are your shoulders right now? Are they relaxed, your neck feeling good, your arms loose? Nice. What happens when I say the ‘C’ word? Yeah, you heard me, I mean Christmas. CHRISTMAS!!!! CHRRIIIIISSSSTTTTMAAAAS!!! Where are your shoulders now? Is there tension in your upper body, maybe your jaw is tight, your tongue stuck to...

A conversation with Lian Bell

Three years ago, this woman dared to speak up about the appalling gender inequality in Irish theatre. What began as a simple Facebook post decrying the lack of women writers represented in the Abbey Theatre’s 2016 Theatre programme, snowballed into a movement called Waking the Feminists and what had been quietly tolerated for years was...

Samhain

The nights are surely drawing in now. Once that clock goes back, you can really feel we’re heading into the dark. My children are on the half term holidays as I write and are excited about Halloween sweeties and dressing up. I’m soaking the currants, raisins and sultanas in tea overnight so that  we can...

Shout Out – Mel Wiggins

About this time last year, an artist friend from Dublin posted a photograph of a gathering she was at with a bunch of creative women. They were in an orchard, wrapped in scarves and blankets. They were smiling, laughing, connecting. And they were in Northern Ireland! I did a bit of digging and found out...

Free and Clear

I used to hate Hallowe’en. The scary masks, the fake blood, the over-sugared children – it really is the stuff of nightmares. I was brought up in a home that didn’t celebrate Hallowe’en. We were taught that it was linked to the occult and therefore was evil. Ghouls, ghosts, witches, spells and scary stories were...

Aspire

Ever since I saw Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, I’ve wanted to be an actress. I can’t remember what age I was but it left a strong impression and a kind of ‘aha’ moment, that this was what I was going to be when I grew up. In the film, Streep plays the...

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