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Analysis of Patrick Kavanagh's Use of the Sonnet

Kavanagh is very comfortable and skilled in his use of the sonnet in his poetry.  He manages to express an authentic and simple vision of life and communicate it successfully using the sonnet form.  1,993 more words


Some Recurring Themes in the Poetry of Patrick Kavanagh

Patrick Kavanagh, like Yeats, is constantly ‘stitching and unstitching’ old themes in his poems.  These themes can be listed as follows, without giving them any particular order or ranking: 1,486 more words


Unsticking My Story

During the summer, I started writing a new YA (young adult) novel. The idea came suddenly, and the first 8000 words came flowing out. But then they stopped. 652 more words


The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

As Tom Cruise’s character famously said in the wonderful film Jerry Maguire: ‘We live in a cynical world.  A cynical world.’   And never more so than now it seems. 886 more words

New baby on the way....

Hello to all – just checking in, a while since I wrote. The good news is that the next book, The Anniversary, is taking shape; I’m about two thirds of the way through the first draft so there’s still a long way to go but it’s heading in the right direction. 246 more words

Austin Clarke - Three Poems Revisited

Recently I was browsing through my precious, dog-eared and scribbled-on copy of Soundings and came across the three Austin Clarke poems featured in that anthology.  ‘The Lost Heifer’, ‘The Blackbird of Derrycairn’, and ‘The Planter’s Daughter’ brought back fond memories of English classes long ago!  2,021 more words


Nefarious Companions

Sometimes it’s the people you meet off the beaten path who make the most interesting travel companions.  Sunday, my first day in town, I was utterly exhausted and slept until 4:30 in the afternoon, but then I wandered out and meet a neat guy named Mark Keyes.   134 more words