Get those birthday candles out, because Three Bags of Sugar has been running for five whole years! I like to think of it as something that I will still use when I’m ninety-and-beyond, typing a up a new story just before I put on my trekking boots and head out with my big family of dogs (and yes, I will be doing that when I’m ninety, thank you very much). This blog is very much a part of me now, and I’m incredibly grateful to have it.
Lady Death is now available to watch online! She’s come a long way from the character I dreamed up one night, while scribbling down some ideas in my notepad.
Starring the fabulous three: Katrina Mc Keever (pictured above), Carla Bryson and Corey Millar; featuring the filming and musical talents of Stephen Coyle; and the fantastic makeup artistry of Eimear Owens.
Harry Potter has been a part of my life ever since I was an eleven-year-old girl. One who, I will freely admit, wasn’t a huge reader. Books never really interested me before Harry. I had read books, but I was more of an explorer than a reader. One that went outside and always came back with cuts, scratches and a story. The type that played with dinosaur toys and Pokémon cards. I also really enjoyed the Nintendo 64. In fact, when I was seven I was told by my teacher that I would never be a writer, because I had never really taken to reading. For the record, she didn’t just randomly announce this in class; she was scolding me for purchasing a fairytale book, rather than a proper “three-hundred-pager” from the school magazine. I was confused; I didn’t see the problem with my five-hundred word story. After all, fairies were the creatures that existed in my back garden, in the big old oak tree and beyond that, in the fields past the road to Mary’s house. I just wanted to know more about them, and that’s why I bought (with my pocket money) the unexpectedly controversial book. I didn’t tell her that though, I just sat in silence and listened to what she had to say. My teacher had told me that I wasn’t a reader, and to a child, a teacher’s words define who you are. So for a long time after that, I was Karen, the girl who didn’t read. Karen, the girl who wouldn’t write.
Warning, this blog post is utterly spoilerrific.
Just a little update on Lady Death! I was delighted to hear that there will be two more screenings coming up this month, so catch them if you can:
Culture Night, Belfast (22 September 2017)
On one of the biggest cultural highlights of the year, Lady Death will be screened at the fantastic BeanBag cinema, at 5:30pm. Come along and join us, it’s going to be a blast!
Disappear Here Film Festival, Ballyliffin (22-24 September 2017)
Lady Death will also be screened at the first ever Disappear Here Film Festival in Ballyliffin, Donegal. Date and time to be confirmed, so keep an eye out on their Facebook page for more updates. It’s a beautiful spot for some movie-watching, so if you’re looking for a fun (and scenic) way to spend your weekend, this is the place to be.
Lots of interconnected
Rings of folly light that glimmers
Just beyond Apollo
Where the Tiny Titians descend
Like Fionnula, Aodh, Fiachra and Conn,
Upon a cross of convoluted lines and swirls.
I was told it was made by faeries
Who danced in celebration upon
Buttercups and daises
At the notion of my presence,
And so they gathered their trinkets from the stars.
With a hammer and a petal they shaped its ridge
Its vertical height and horizontal partner that
Collide in battle
Ares rages like a foul unruly dead.
I was told it was a guardian
The symbol to keep me safe
And so it is a lifeline to depend.
Apollo in its ever glowing tide
And roars its lightened colour to the sand
Three centuries shall pass, around her Aiobh shall cast her light again.
Lady Death is on the go again! This time she’s heading to Film Devour. Many, many thanks to the lovely team at Film Devour for screening our film. I personally can’t wait to see it back in Belfast – back to where it all began.
Deadly details below. Come along (if you dare)…
Film Devour 23
This blog post has been left deliberately vague to avoid spoilers. Saying that, if you haven’t read books 1-9, it might be a bit close to the bone*.
I was very lucky to be asked to write a short story for Oxfam’s Write to Refuge last year. I have decided to post it up on my blog to advertise the upcoming event in Carnegie Library, 15 June at 7pm. There will be a reception with live readings as well as a photography exhibition that inspired each creative response.
I am very proud of this short story. Oxfam’s Write to Refuge is such an amazing cause that highlights the refugee crisis in a very creative and inspiring way. Had I not have taken part I would not be as aware and informed of the crisis as I am now. If you can make it down to this event I would highly recommend it. Read the story by clicking here!