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Hilary McGrath
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Moving blogs
So, I've moved blogs: You can find me here

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
I listened to To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman back to back this week.   Mockingbird was a delight to experience again after all these years. Having discovered, and accepted, that Watchman is neither a prequel nor a sequel (It's the first draft o...

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Shortlisted ICB short story competition
Good news from the International Club of Bordeaux. My story 'Well Done' has been shortlisted in their 1st Annual Short Story Competition, judged by Amanda Hodgkinson. Looking forward to reading all the shortlisted stories and the winners in the forthcoming ...

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The Incubator Journal
My short story 'No Such Thing' appears in Issue 3 (December 2014) of The Incubator , another great literary journal, featuring writing from Northern Ireland and Ireland. Have a browse; the pdf version is free online. I've enjoyed 'Sparta' by Heather Richard...

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Crannóg 37
Delighted to see my short story 'Poke' in the autumn 2014 issue of Crannóg Magazine . Great to read the other stories in this issue. There are some very talented writers out there. My favourite (so far) is 'Tomorrow' by Melissa Goode. Beautiful and intrigui...

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RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2014
Writing news is trickling in at a slower pace these days as I'm sending out fewer stories and trying to concentrate on my next novel. But one competition I did enter was the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2014 and I was delighted to hear ...

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An Earthless Melting Pot
What a beautiful cover! Delighted to be part of this: Another volume of prize-winning short stories from the Words with JAM   BIGGER Short Story Competition 2013 is released ...   Judged by David Haviland (fiction agent for the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency...

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Short Story: What Happened to Us by Dan Chaon
What Happened to Us by Dan Chaon The Spring 2014 edition of Ploughshares Literary Magazine contains this gem: A story about Rusty Bickers and the family that takes him in as a foster child. Joseph is the narrator and is eight years old. Rusty is fourteen. W...

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Authors in France: Amanda Hodgkinson
  22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson In the small village of Labatut Rivière in the lovely south west of France a group of readers and writers welcomed Amanda Hodgkinson, author, to talk about her first novel: 22 Britannia Road.   In preparation, I did ...

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Creative Writing: Robert Olen Butler
Creative Writing: A Spectator Sport I came across this video by Robert Olen Butler on youtube, published in Oct 2012, the first in a series. He is attempting to capture his creative process for an audience and it's fascinating viewing. He uses an old postca...
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