When Things Feel Out Of Control

The worst days are the ones when I ought to be up the yard. As a writer and freelancer, I'm good at managing my time. I have stuff to get done and I know how much energy each task takes, and, more likely, how much anxiety I have to be generating around a deadline until …

Talk About On the Nose

I'm going to block quote this, because: yeah. "Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation so difficult that it seems like a long-drawn crisis; we cannot solve it; there is no way to escape. Such a problem will occupy our thoughts continually—round and round it goes and the more we think about it, the more …

The Crop Chronicles: The Amazing and Magical Stick of Wonder

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA that stick was so manky! *** 28 February, 2008 We were walking the horses round and round prior to starting Tuesday's hour. Reb had been chowing down before the lesson, the first of his day, and I reckoned it could go either way: grumpy from having been taken away from his hay, or fizzy …

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 …