How to write faster

In a blog post a while back I suggested being a fast writer can be a career ‘edge’. Afterwards a surprisingly large number of people wrote to me wanting to become faster writers, or que…

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Site and Yeats Summer School

Hi all

The image for the site was bit harsh in contrast to the text space and so I’m investing another image created by the fantastic artist Paola Farrell. Paola is an Italian artist who has illustrated a number of books for her husband, Nick Farrell. I’ll add a link later.

I’ve just come back from a trip to Sligo where my supervisor, Professor Margaret Harper was working with a number of well respected scholars and artists inspired by William B. Yeats and his family. I could only make it to the main forum on A Vision yet the atmosphere was electric exploring as briefly as possible to such a monolithic piece of literature.

I’ll post a bit more on this next week. 

Continued work on site!

Hi all,

I’m really sorry that this blog hasn’t been put to better use! I’ve been trying to spruce up the place a wee bit in the hopes I might settle down and write for it.

Masters research is slowly coming along and I have a few interesting insights gathered up helping me to frame my explorations into Willie just that little bit more.

CFP Edited Collection

I wanted to share with you all a fascinating project happening in UL at the moment. This latest project follows hotly on the success of the “Magic is Might 2012” conference during Summer 2012.

CFP Edited Collection: Magic and Dreams and Good Madness: Sociology and Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is considered one of the most popular authors of science fiction and fantasy alive today. He has written novels, short stories, film and television scripts, comic books and graphic novel series; and maintains an extremely prolific online presence through his blog, tumblr and twitter accounts. Some of his most popular works include The Sandman comics, the novels Coraline, American Gods, and Stardust, and two episodes of the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who. Gaiman has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and The Bram Stoker Award. In 2009 he was awarded The Newberry Medal for children’s novel The Graveyard Book and the following year was also awarded The Carnegie Medal, becoming the first author ever to win both awards for the same work.
This collection will contain 20 essays inspired by the work of any of Gaiman’s publications over his career. His books, graphic novels and the movies they have inspired, provide endless possibilities for sociological analysis. This collection will be unique, encouraging the publication of chapters by those beginning their academic careers. It will prioritise submissions from graduate students currently working on their MA and PhD programs. Suggested topics include, but are in no way limited to:
– Society and its portrayal
– Sexuality and the Erotic
– Prejudice
– Bodies and Embodiment
– The Law and the Criminal System
– Government and Politics
– Education Systems
– Gender, Race and Class
– Relationships (sexual, friendship, the family, magic, etc…)
– Human and Non-Human Rights
– Conformity and Deviance
– Socialisation
– Mental Health
Please submit proposed abstracts of 500 words, along with a 250 word biography in Microsoft Word format to by June 1 2013.


The above details originate at the following link from the blog for the project itself. I cannot guarantee that details will remain the same so if you are interested check the blog regularly and email the organizers directly.

Getting better acquainted with the NLI

Today’s a slow start as I’m preparing to head up to Dublin this evening to help one of my fellow research students with cutting through the copious amounts of research on the A Vision book. I’m not as yet sure what we’ll be looking at as I’m still acclimatizing to it all but thankfully I have a very supportive supervisor and the two PhD students working with me have been at this for some time and are warm and friendly and including me in as much as possible. 

This is in fact my second trip up to the National Library of Ireland, the first was filled with nervousness as I wasn’t sure what the procedure was but I have to say that the NLI staff’s reputation as very helpful and supportive is well earned. So far so good.

I will write more as time and discoveries promit me to.

Officially Accepted!

Last week I went down to Limerick to arrange viewing apartments, thankfully my housemate did most of the leg work for this since I loathe ringing people.

I timed my visit well as I managed to meet up with my supervisor for my MA on Friday evening. It was an impressive meeting with two other researchers on their PhD work present. It seems like there is a lot ahead for us and very exciting work which should feed in to my own MA work in leaps and bounds. Yeats was a complex man and had complex family and friends which makes him a very interesting subject.

When I returned home from Limerick having stopped off in Dublin I found out that I’d been accepted for my MA by research officially, so need to fill in the enrollment form and sort out fees ASAP. So much to do but in fantastic ways.

When I have my research email set up I will publicize it on here for people to network and share in ideas and comments on the blog.