Monthly Archives: March 2013

Writer Profiles

Poets and writers from writing groups,  including; Platform One in Rua Red, Lucan Writers, St Muirin’s Writing Group and Virginia House Writers, who read their work in Tallaght Library and were profiled in The Poet’s Corner in The Echo.

Find out more about them and read some of their work:Poet's Corner

Michael J Whelan:
The Echo, 26 April 2012 – Michael J Whelan

James Hyde:
The Echo, 5 April 2012 – James Hyde

Joan Power:
The Echo, 8 March 2012 – Joan Power

 Eileen Casey:
The Echo, 1 March 2012 – Eileen Casey

Brigid Flynn:
The Echo, 23 February 2012 – Brigid Flynn

Tony Bardon:
The Echo, 16 February 2012 – Tony Bardon

Jim Archer:
The Echo, 9 February 2012 – Jim Archer

Colm Keegan:
The Echo, 2 February 2012 – Colm Keegan

Ray Mullen:
The Echo, 26 January 2012 – Ray Mullen

Brian Kirk:
The Echo, 12 January 2012 – Brian Kirk

Áine Lyons:
The Echo, 5 January 2012 – Áine Lyons

Mae Newman:
The Echo, 29 December 2011 – Mae Newman

As an added bonus this week, The Echo have also published a short story called ‘The Rapping Penguin’ by Emily Whelan
(Michael J Whelan’s daughter, aged 9¾):
The Echo, 22 December 2011 – Emily Whelan – p1
The Echo, 22 December 2011 – Emily Whelan – p2

Trish Nugent:
The Echo, 22 December 2011 – Trish Nugent

Ann Marie Mullen:
The Echo, 15 December 2011 – Ann Marie Mullen

Kate Dempsey:
The Echo, 8 December 2011 – Kate Dempsey

Trish Best:
The Echo, 1 December 2011 – Trish Best

Gavan Duffy:
The Echo, 24 November 2011 – Gavan Duffy

Maria Wallace:
The Echo, 17 November 2011 – Maria Wallace

Marie Gahan:
The Echo, 10 November 2011 – Marie Gahan

Doreen Duffy:
The Echo, 3 November 2011 – Doreen Duffy

Susan Condon:
The Echo, 27 October 2011 – Susan Condon

Louise Phillips:
The Echo, 20 October 2011 – Louise Phillips

Michael J Whelan:
The Echo, 13 October 2011 – Michael J Whelan

Eileen Casey:
The Echo, 6 October 2011 – Eileen Casey

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Worthy Of A Second Read?

Are there any characters or books you read many years ago that suddenly, for no apparent reason, pop into your head so often that you have to go and seek them out again?

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There are so many books I want to read that it is rare, if ever, that I would consider re-reading one. But, as always, there are exceptions. Three authors who have compelled me to come back for second helpings are Brian Lumley, Ann Rice and Andrew Laurance. Check out my favourite offerings from them which push your imagination through unknown boundaries of other worlds with the aid of the Mobius Continuum, witchcraft and even astral projection.

Lately, Harry Keogh – Brian Lumley’s character – has been tapping me on the shoulder. Shudder. If you’ve read any of these books, then you’d shudder too! The covers alone were enough to send chills running up your spine and more than a weird glance or two if read on public transport. The books, for anyone with a taste for the supernatural involves Harry Keogh, (the necromancer who can speak to the dead and is a member of E-Branch), vampires and the other worlds where Harry must travel to fight evil. I’ve read so many of these books over the years, beginning with Necroscope, but a couple are still waiting, not so patiently, it appears, on my bookshelves! Rumour has it that Necroscope is due to be filmed – with his Bond qualities already well-honed, I could see Daniel Craig fitting the role of Harry Keogh perfectly – as long as he’s not creeped out by talking to the dead . . .

A huge fan of Anne Rice and her vampire chronicles, I was surprised to find myself enjoying the Mayfair Witches, mainly set in New Orleans, even more. Beginning with The Witching Hour, the trilogy continues with Lasher and Taltos to complete the set and each haunting, spellbinding book seduces you deeper into a world from where you are reluctant to return.

Another series of books I couldn’t put down were by Andrew Laurance (pseudonym for Drew Launay), beginning with, Premonitions of an Inherited Mind, from 1979. The blood of Nostradamus, unknown to Michael Dartson, flows through his veins and traumatic visions of past and future have him questioning his sanity until his terrifying predictions begin to come true. This was followed by The Link and The Unborn. The only set of books I’ve ever bought twice and read twice. Writing this post has sent me trawling through the web to see if I can purchase them again – and fingers crossed – with a new title and the real author’s name I’ve found, The Premonition.

And how about that original tag line:

In the present you die only once
But the past can kill you a thousand times’

Such great memories I plan to relive again of stories, characters and worlds that drag you, kicking and screaming within their pages and only allow you out again when you reach that last word on the last page!

I’d love to hear your favourites from long ago that you deem worthy of a second read. And let me know if you are a fan of any of my favourites or have you not yet returned from the worlds they’ve conjured . . .

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