Putting myself on the Writer’s Block

I was delighted to be interviewed by Sophie Grenham of The Gloss Magazine. The result appeared online this week, and I’ve put up the link below.

It’s lovely to be asked questions about one’s writing. Answering them is another matter! As I said to Sophie, I hope I avoided being a git and actually made some sense. Questions are good, though; like the students in NUI Galway, they made me think a bit more about what I do, and why.

The most daunting question is, What’s Next?

I hope you enjoy the interview.

http://thegloss.ie/writers-block-with-karen-j-mcdonnell/

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© Karen J McDonnell & Doire Press
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The Western Skyline Podcast – 10 February 2018

Hi!  Below is a link to the latest from The Western Skyline, on Kinvara FM.com .                               The radio station has applied for its 70-day licence, and we hope to be broadcasting live on air again soon. Roll on 92.4fm! In the meantime, you can always catch the shows at weekends from 12-8pm. And the podcasts, of course.

On The Western Skyline, tracks from various American songbooks – featuring Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Billy Joel, Suzanne Vega, The Carpenters, and Carole King. Also music from Britain, home, and the Antipodes.
Arts news includes theatre, shows, a writing workshop for children, and a local art project – The Witches Knickers. To find out more about that, go to the Russell Gallery in New Quay next Saturday!

Highfalutin’ in Capital City

Just booked my train tickets to Capital City – and I’m high as a highfalutin’ gal can be!

SO looking forward to joining the rest of the gang for the gig  tomorrow at the Liquor Rooms on Wellington Quay.  It’s organised by the amazing Anne Tannam, so we know that it’s going to be fantastic. Still haven’t finalised what poems I’ll read from This Little World.  There’ll be a few copies for sale, by the way.   The fun kicks off at 7.30pm – so bigí linn!

Now, where did I put my ‘good’ handbag …

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 27 January 2018

The Bothy Band. That’s all there is to say!

This week on Kinvara FM, The Western Skyline looks at film, theatre and festival news. There’s a poem, and the music is traditional and folk from some of Ireland’s greatest performers – including Stockton’s Wing, Martin Hayes, Denis Cahill, The Chieftains, Seamus Ennis, Shaun Davey, Rita Connolly, The Bothy Band, and Liam Og O’Flynn. A special treat is the 11 minutes 36 seconds track: ‘Lord Baker’, sung by Sinead O’Connor & Christy Moore.
Enjoy the show.

Ennis Book Club Festival – Launching!

Tomorrow, I’m heading into Ennis to help launch this year’s Ennis Book Club Festival.

Not too long to go now, and the excitement is mounting!

If you’re around the town, drop in to the Temple Gate Hotel at 12.30pm to get the party started. If you can’t join us tomorrow, you can find out all you need to know about the Festival by clicking here.

Time to get some of the work by authors who are visiting Ennis in March, so I’ll also be dropping in to the Ennis Bookshop to spend my Christmas book token. They also have a few copies of my book, This Little World in stock. Ahem.

Cover for This Little World
© Karen J McDonnell & Doire Press

The Western Skyline Podcast – 13 January 2018

The first Western Skyline of 2018 has an eclectic mix of music spanning 60 years – from the Beatles, Cockney Rebel, the Alan Parsons Project, Carly Simon, Sting, The Script, and others. There are details of the Music for Galway Midwinter Festival and of the planned commemoration at Kiltartan of Major Robert Gregory, on the 100th anniversary of his death in WWl (see image). I hope you enjoy the show.
Feedback is always welcome!

The Western Skyline Podcast – 16 December 2017

This is the podcast of my last broadcast of 2017 – a special show with Christmas readings, traditional carols, and music.

It was lovely to be broadcasting live with the Christmas Market in full swing next door to the studio in Kinvara’s community centre.

Here’s to more broadcasts in 2018 and to being back on air, as well as online, when we get our next license!

“Christmas on The Western Skyline! Today’s show is a bit of calm in the ‘getting ready’ madness. Turn off the phone, sit by the fire, take it easy for an hour of Christmas themed readings, carols, and music. And a poem by Seamus Heaney. There’s also info on pantos, children’s books, and we also play some requests.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS from The Western Skyline, and thanks for listening.
I hope Santa is good to everyone!”

Poetry to get you in a festive mood

Christmas Books
@ Karen J McDonnell

Next weekend I’ll be reading poetry for Christmas, and from This Little World.

Join me at the Ennis Bookshop on Sunday, 10 December. I’ll read a few of my own poems, and some poems I’ve chosen to get us into a festive mood. Dervilla has told me that I’ll be the first person to do a bit of poeting in the shop. I’m chuffed to have been asked.

So – why not get out of the bed a bit earlier and meet your gang for a nice brunch. Take in the Christmas lights and window displays in town. Then meander down to the bookshop for some poetry, and a good browse. You can even get some Christmas shopping done!

Time:   1.30pm, Sunday 10 December.   Venue: The Ennis Bookshop, Abbey Street, Ennis

(I heard a rumour that a box of Celebrations might be opened!)

The Western Skyline Podcast – 02 December 2017

On this Western Skyline: news of exhibition openings & local concerts. Also, Christmas gift ideas for students, families, and the arts lovers in your life. Plus music by Macca & Wings, Joe Jackson, Air, Altered Images, Lloyd Cole, Johnny Cash, Simon, and Garfunkel, and the divine Joni Mitchell. Photo © Karen McDonnell.

 

The Western Skyline Podcast – 18 November 2017

A mix of music for you on this The Western Skyline – from stompin’ yer feet, to ConTempo String Quartet. There’s news of community awards, and an update on KAVA and the renovation of the Courthouse arts venue. Plus info on some shows. There’s been a new appointment at NUI Galway at the Huston School of Film! And – was Chilean poet Pablo Neruda really murdered? The poem today is Neruda’s ‘Leave me a place underground’.