My essay Gift Shop, about the Killing Fields in Cambodia, appeared in Banshee issue #2 (now sold out). The full text of the essay is now available to read online (CW: references to Killing Fields atrocities, death).
My follow-up essay about psychotherapy, Imploding, appeared in Banshee issue #3, also now sold out. (CW: references to death, hospitals, cancer. I’m sorry my essays are so uncheerful).
If you want to know about one aspect of my medical history (I’ve put it out in public, so you’re not the weird one), The Girl on the Pill can be found in Banshee issue #5. Issue 5 is still available to buy, possibly because some mad cow decided to bang on about periods all over this fine collection of contemporary writing.
YA Commentary and Interviews
With thanks to Children’s Books Ireland, here is my interview with Holly Bourne, about Holly’s excellent YA deconstruction of romantic movie tropes, It Only Happens in the Movies.
And if you’d like to know what happened when award-winning Irish YA author Deirdre Sullivan (Tangleweed and Brine, Needlework, the Prim series) met award-winning American YA author Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), check out my pieces on Children’s Books Ireland and IrishTimes.com (spoiler alert: both authors were both smart, insightful and lovely. Who saw that coming?)
I’m a former volunteer for NaNoWriMo, and both in that capacity and in my other guise of A Person Who Was Available, I’ve guest blogged for Ireland’s national writing resource site, writing.ie.
If travel writing is your thing, have some thoughts on Slovakia, Amsterdam, Paris and Ballyvaughan (London, Paris, Peckham). Trivia: the photos with the articles were all taken by me.
Seattle web publisher Ariel Meadow Stallings is the powerhouse behind OffBeat Bride and OffBeat Home, two amazing and inclusive online spaces for anyone who feels a bit. . . offbeat. I am super-proud that my writing has appeared on both, and you should definitely check out the OffBeat Empire.
I’m currently working on a contemporary YA novel. The opening line is “This is the happiest I’ve seen Mum look since I ruined everything,” which the author Helen Corcoran has rendered in calligraphy for me.