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Writer Of The Month: Mary Walsh

Introduced by H.B O'Neill It is my great pleasure, nay privilege, nay honour to introduce this month’s literary genius and genuinely nice person, Mary Walsh. Here’s a bit about her: Mary is a poet who has had her poetry published in books, such as The Great British Write Off, and a Gardening ...

Monday Moments: Making It Up

Introduced By Holly King It’s weird to think that, at one point, every word we use had to be made up. It's said that Shakespeare coined (‘made up’) over 400 words in his plays and sonnets, which we have adapted into everyday language, including to 'catch a cold', 'swagger' and even ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: St Valentine

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to my page today. This week, you will be celebrating or not celebrating, embracing or ignoring, the feast of St Valentine. This poor Roman priest and physician - who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus - has become the patron ...

Monday Moments: Nature Inspiring Creativity

Introduced By Holly King Moving into February and our new theme of Nature, Inspiring Creativity: Past, Present and Future,’ I have a whole forest of features from writers who are inspired by natural places. Nature is something that has been the focus of writers and artists for centuries, with pinnacle poems such ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Nonsense Poetry

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to the first ‘Thoughtful Tuesday’ page of 2022. It’s hard to believe it’s almost two years since we started the Extra pages to keep us going through what we thought might be a few weeks of lockdown. Yet here we still are, and we’re off to a ...

Showcase: St Patrick’s Day

Welcome to Wednesday’s Showcase page and because it’s St Patrick’s Day  March 17th – we’ve brought you a little flavour of Ireland. The pieces I’m showcasing today all have their roots in the Irish diaspora, the word used to describe the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland. ...

Thursday Connectors: A Festive Write On

By Farzana Hakim Hi, all. It's Farzana, your host for Thursday Connectors, with a jam-packed festive special to  lift your writing spirits. And what could be a better time than the present to bring about some much needed cheer? After all, it’s the season to be jolly and merry… And cold! It’s ...