It’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is the brainchild of Chris Baty, a freelance writer based in San Francisco. The project started in July 1999 with only 21 participants, before moving to November the following year to “take advantage of the miserable weather”.
Helen Cullen left her job at 2FM to move to London and pursue her dream of writing. The resultant ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ falls into the booming genre of ‘Up Lit’ — and yes, it showcases her love of letter writing. She talks to
FAMILIARITY with contemporary poetry writing in English eases one’s passage through this most enjoyable tome, and even a nodding acquaintance with Cal Lowell and his contemporaries, including Berryman and Elizabeth Bishop, or, closer to home, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, helps distil the purity from the precis-like quality of the analysis.
Growing up, there were no books at home. Only the Bible and The News of the World. We were poor and university was never mentioned as an option. I went to grammar school and enjoyed writing but didn’t enjoy reading. Being a writer was never on my list of things to do.
In the summer of 1991hitchhiked the coastline of Ireland for his first travel book. Twenty-five years on, he retraced his footsteps for a new book based on a journey along the Wild Atlantic Way – this time by car and bike, on foot and on horseback
Five authors — all of them with strong links to Bishopstown — are to appear at a special evening dedicated to writing and writers in the Cork suburb as part of the city’s Culture Night celebrations on September 18.