Why I wrote ‘The Boatman’

Life as we know it is Busy. Everyone I know is working hard, busy with their jobs and their families, paying their bills, getting food cooked and on the table, doing the million little things it takes to (pleasantly) survive our day.  And trying to squeeze in moments for fun, joy, relaxing.  But there are other moments, rare moments, when …

Are schools underestimating creativity?

Things have been troubling me the past few weeks.  I feel a growing sense of dis-ease, like I’ve witnessed something disturbing, or remembered something I used to know.  Maybe I have…  My little boy just started school this autumn.  No, not Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (where he would have fit right in).  Just normal school.  And while I …

Made from things residual

  “See over there, A created splendour, Created by one individual, From things residual” – Patrick Kavanagh  

Creating something doesn’t have to be a BIG DEAL

“They just made stuff.  So that’s what I decided to do: I decided to just go make stuff.” “I mean, take it seriously, sure — but don’t take it SERIOUSLY.” Two quotes by Elizabeth Gilbert from her latest book on ‘creativity beyond fear’ called Big Magic sum up what I have experienced on my path as a writer.  These two realisations, that: …