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Gu-Gu-Geoghegan

I  am going to try an experiment with my latest novel, Gu-Gu-Geoghegan. Instead of converting it into an e-book and indie-publishing it as I have my last three, I will blog it on Get Behind the Muse. Each week, I … Continue reading

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The Galanthophile

A man I once knew was prone to talking about snowdrops at this time of the year. He was a galanthophile — a collector of snowdrops — and from the beginning of February to the middle of March was in … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be Watching TVE 1’s New Series, Reinas

“Oh, Jesus,” I said to myself, “this has started out badly.” It was during an ad break on the supposedly ad-less Spanish national broadcaster, TVE 1, when I learned of a soon-to-be-aired period drama based on the relationship between Queen … Continue reading

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Excerpt from ‘Gu-gu-Geoghegan’

We join the action where Senán introduces Luke (Gu-gu-Geoghegan) to his friend Vincent . . .   “Um, you said she was a girl, dude, this new friend of yours. Trish, yeah? Is there something you’re trying to tell old … Continue reading

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Mugwort

Before the use of hops as bittering, flavour and aroma agents of beer became widespread in the late Middle Ages, all sorts of weird and wonderful herbs were employed to achieve the same effects. These herbs are known as “gruit” … Continue reading

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