August 7, 2016

Writing The Changeling, I discovered that, like the worlds in which they lived, Aoife and Shay had turned out to have an existence independent of my conscious wishes –writing them in the first book hadn’t felt like creating them, it had felt like getting to know them.


May 19, 2016

I am at the cairn with shadow at my feet;

The bog hums, and tufts of white cotton

And blue stars as if cut from the sky mark the descent.


Lagging far behind, my children climb, one after the other,

Twins hand in hand. I wave. They wave back, happily.

When they reach the to...

April 22, 2015

Nowhere is history and legend more interwoven than in the west of Ireland.
Here the ancient raths – the mounds and stone circles where the pre-Christian people worshipped the old gods – are treated with the same respect as the holy wells, where people still go to be he...

April 2, 2015

Thousands of years ago, the Tuatha de Danann came to Ireland – a people of magic, music and delight. They worshipped the Goddess Danu, the queen of the harvest, and believed in constant rebirth.
This magical race spent only forty years on the surface before descending...

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