There’s Always a First Time

Ah, Saturday. I have missed many a lesson, by choice and due to injury, and now, due to global pandemic. #StayHome and read about my very first horseback riding lesson. It's the very first thing I ever wrote about my experience, well before Many Brave Fools was even a glimmer in my eye. It's also …

The Crop Chronicles: Failure To Communicate

It is fair to say I was obsessed with crops when I started riding. It is fair to say I am still losing and gaining long sticks fourteen years on. Below please find the first repost of the series known [only to me] as The Crop Chronicles. OCTOBER 18, 2006 I am reminded of the …

‘The Power To Change Our Own Lives’

How in the world did I survive One Day At A Time In Al-Anon? Insert craughing emoji here. The page for today talks about acceptance, insofar it does not mean accepting a 'degrading situation' but rather accepting what the facts of the situation are, and making decisions according to the facts. Hahahahaha, facts: facts could …

Many Brave Fools and the Equus Film & Arts Festival 2019

Delighted to announce I am in contention for an award at this year's Equus Film & Arts Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park, 5-8 December. Gutted to say I can't be there to partake in this literal festival of horsey books and films, filmmakers and authors, panels and all sorts of activities. I am in …

Have I Ever Told You My Michael Palin Story?

So: At the end of the taught year in my masters at Trinity, I moved to Stoneybatter after having lived in city centre. Of a Saturday, I loved to stroll down Manor Street, across a series of laneways and underpopulated byways, into the shopping district, always ending up at Easons bookshop. One Saturday I was …

The Great Outdoors, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cross Country

I hated horseback riding outside from the start. As I recount in Many Brave Fools, the fear started when I went on a ride out without ever having taken a lesson. The horse took off on me (the horse lightly cantered over a puddle and I went flying); my coccyx took the brunt; it would …