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I've worked and lived in communications all my life: journalist, subeditor, editor, actor, director, producer - here in Ireland and abroad.
I fell in love with Hiberno-English a long time ago - English as it is spoken and written in my country - and have been in love with it ever since.
I love the challenge of pen and blank paper: creating characters, storylines, drama.
I love the wind and the sea and the mountains, fresh air and green grass and the sun on my back (I play a mean game of golf) - all of which I have around me...
Not to mention the warm humour that wells up from a big heart.
If I may share with you some of the gems that have influenced me down the years; I've tried to abide by them but didn't always succeed!
"You make your way by taking it...
"It does not just happen, you have to make it happen...
"Sometimes in stooping down to pick up two pennies one can lose a fortune..."
Friendship - when it is not possessive, controlling...
Quiet. Silence - a positive value completely overlooked by many today...
Reading - carefully judged. If I'm not hooked by the first sequence - the first paragraph - I won't read any further...
Trying, day in day out, not to spill any more milk... and to stop crying over milk already spilt.
Not suffering fools gladly...
Analysing Casablanca, frame for frame, line by line...
My scripts have been broadcast on RTE, Radio One, BBC 4 and, in translation, on European networks; televised on RTE One, BBC One and Channel 4; staged at the Peacock by the Abbey National Theatre, at the Project, the Eblana, the Liverpool Playhouse and on the London Fringe…
Credits include The Night of the Rouser. Earwig. The Dreamers. Fugitive. Veil. Penny for Your Travels. Far Side of the Moon. Three for Calvary. Jenny One, Two, Three… The Circus. Centre Circle. Where Do We Go from Here, My Lovely? At The Praetorium. Conclave. Assault on a Citadel.
Has conducted many workshops on Creative/Script Writing in Dublin and at various centres around Ireland.
A D Sertillanges. John Henry Newman. Waugh. Greene. Hemingway. Hans Kung.
Good conversation. The company of my fellow searchers... Con pane... meaning, with bread... hence company...
Arrogant, self-opinionated prigs... Controlling, bullying clerics...
"I passionately hate the idea of being with it. I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time." (Orson Welles (1915 - 1985))
on May 26, 2011 :
They say you should only write about things you know.
Presumably this means things you know from personal experience or things you have researched fairly deeply.
The author of “Centre Circle” certainly knows his subject and has an impressive talent for revealing, with absolute realism, what goes on in the mind of a victim of addiction. He pulls no punches.
By means of a long monologue, it could make a good one-man play, he reveals the denial, the cunning, the deviousness, the heartbreak, the self loathing and the long, emotionally searing journey to the point where all pretence falls away and he is left seeing himself for what and where he is.
The story ends on a hopeful note but the reader is left hanging on the slender threads of that hope.
He has a beautiful talent for the colourful and apt phrase. Of a fellow alcoholic who recovers he says “No one ever thought he’d …make it to the other side of the street. “
“Santa” brings a sudden, unexpected laugh.
But it’s a grim story and a good read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)