In Memory Of Mark Linkous: “A Horsey Who Sparkled”

Sunday September 9th 2012 would have been the 50th birthday of Virginia born ‘Sparklehorse’ main man, Mark Linkous. When I first picked up their 1995 debut “Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot”, from the opening strains of “Homecoming Queen”, I was slowly transported to a curiously painted world, made all the more surreal by the ghosts of high school summers […]

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Reclaiming Symbols: An Outsider’s Approach To Writing In Belfast & The Emerald Isle

Delivered To An Open University Conference On Contemporary Writing In Northern Ireland/Ireland, Saturday October 15th 2011. Firstly, I’m honoured at having been given the opportunity to speak about something that everyone who has gathered here today, is clearly very passionate about and that is creative writing in Ireland/Northern Ireland. I’d like to thank Heather Richardson […]

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