A selection of photos with writers, from all genres, that I have had the privilege to meet.
I admire them all, not only for for their work, but also for their attitude and their willingness to help fellow writers.
And lots more to be added soon, I hope!
The National Emerging Writer Programme
Dublin City Library and Archive
9 January, 2013:
#TXS2 at The Westin Hotel
November, December 2012:
After Crime Night at the Civic Theatre
Three Voices/Three Forms
Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre
14 November, 2012:
Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards
Saggart Heritage & Arts Centre
SDCC European Week Against Racism Poetry Competition
SDCC County Hall
27 March 2012:
Tallaght Library Writers Group
SDCC Bealtaine Short Story Competition
SDCC County Hall
28 May 2010:
City of Dublin VEC Creative Writing Competition
Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square
29 April 2010:
Out and About at Writing Events:
Launch of Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips
Hughes & Hughes Bookshop (5 September 2012)
Photo by Ger at Taken by Titch
If you thought #TwitterXmasSingle was good, wait until you hear #TXS2 . . .
Due to popular demand – we’re back again.
Comprising of some of the same Twitter crew, along with some new Twitter folk – all to add even more of a sparkle to an already fabulous phenomenon!
We’ve had our rehearsal at The Westin Hotel, Dublin, sang our little (and big!) hearts out and we are now waiting patiently for the final result on Sunday, 9 December. Now that’s where you come in – it’s all hands-on-deck to promote and sell as many copies of our new single, Holding on for Christmas for our latest charity – Console – anything you can do to Tweet or Facebook or email would be greatly appreciated.
Last year we recorded Winter Song, which was a huge success, with all proceeds in aid of the neo-natal unit at The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street.
This year, all proceeds will go to Console – an Irish registered Suicide Prevention Charity supporting the Suicide Bereaved and providing Professional Suicide Prevention & Intervention Services.
Special thanks are due to Brenda Drumm who began this charity snowball on Saturday, 19th November 2011, with a random Tweet to see if anyone would be interested in investing a little of their time to record a Christmas charity single. It just shows, that it only takes one person with a great idea, to make a huge difference to the lives of so many people.
The list of people signing up grew and soon included, the wonderful, Ian Callanan, who went on to become the Producer, Arranger and Musical Director of #TwitterXmasSingle and #TXS2. Without them and everyone they encouraged to join, we would not be here – and what a loss that would be for so many people . . .
One of our photographer’s was Shane Murphy who kindly supplied our ‘Flying Hats’ photo above. Last year, we even had some fabulous cakes on display. It was really a shame to cut them – but needs must – so we did! Check out one of the fabulous Twitter Cakes and maybe we have a budding baker or two out there who could compete?
Keep tuned to #TXS2, where on Sunday, 9th December from 2pm you will be able to HEAR our wonderfully Irish, wonderfully charitable song – Holding on for Christmas.
Your Christmas shopping list is sorted – you can pick up copies of Holding on for Christmas for family and friends, while at the same time supporting a worthy cause – surely, you’d agree, the best Christmas present of all.
Follow #TXS2 on Twitter to watch Holding on for Christmas unfold in all its glory and thank you, in advance, for playing your part in making it a huge success . . .
‘WINTER SONG’, In All Its Glory, Has Emerged!
Arriving to The Westin Hotel, at 2pm on Sunday, 4 December, was slightly different to last week. Then, no-one knew quite what to expect and who, if anyone, would be there. This time, the Reception desks were unmanned and as you pulled open the door of the Banking Hall you could FEEL the excitement! The hard work was done – this was the celebration.
Thanks to The Westin Hotel, who once again, housed the 140+ twitter characters. We donned our Santa hat’s again and live-twittered over a cuppa with friends we’d only made the previous week. Suddenly a hush settled over the room. Everyone took to their seats, waiting with baited breath, to hear ‘Winter Song’ – for the very first time – as it was officially launched on Twitter.
As we listened to the haunting music, the professional solo’s and the heartfelt choir, you could hear a pin drop . . .
Until it was over – then, thunderous applause and cheers filled the room. Mixed among the smiles and cheers were plenty of sniffles and moist eyes as the crowd stood as one to hail our mighty leaders; Brenda Drumm and Ian Callanan for all they had helped us to achieve!
An achievement that is still snowballing; the charity and goodwill of the people on this island and beyond knows no bounds, as donations are starting to roll into the Neo-Natal Unit at The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. Who better to benefit, especially at Christmas, than our future generations . . .
If you were there, I’m sure you have already bought your copy of ‘Winter Song’ for .99c and if not, you can become part of #TwitterXmasSingle now, by spreading the word and purchasing your copy.
With YOUR help, we aim to reach #1 in the Irish Charts!
Available all over the interweb iTunes, eMusic, Zune, Rhapsody, Nokia, VerveLife, NB: AmazonOnDemand
Keep tuned to #TwitterXmasSingle on Twitter , for more on our wonderfully Irish, wonderfully charitable version of ’Winter Song’.
Your Christmas shopping list is sorted – you can pick up copies of ‘Winter Song’ for family and friends, while at the same time supporting a worthy cause – surely, you’d agree, the best Christmas present of all . . .