The Arthur Quinn website will be rebooted in the next couple of months in the lead-up to Hell’s Keeper. And when it is, you’ll be able to download this Trumps-style card game to print and play. These aren’t all the cards but here’s a sneak peek anyway!
World Book Day is just around the corner (Thurs 7 March, in fact) and I’ll be touring a few bookshops that week. I had a fantastic time last year and can’t wait for it this time.
The details are of where I am all week are below. Hope I see you somewhere and if not I hope you have a wonderful World Book Day [week]!
Monday – Dubray Dun Laoghaire
Tuesday – Dubray Galway
Wednesday – Eason O’Connell St
Thursday – Eason Blanchardstown
Saturday – Waterstones Drogheda
This short goes on a bit at the end but is still a really sweet little film. Thanks to @didotdesigns for the heads up!
I studied in the National Film School, Dun Laoghaire and in 2007, I made a short film called ‘Lucky.’ I always liked the film but never completed a satisfactory final cut – (other college projects got in the way and I had moved onto several more ideas.) Anyway, I came across it on a hard drive over the weekend. I sat up till the early hours two nights running to work on ‘Lucky’, tightening the cut up, replacing the audio with better sound FX and music and adding a few touches that I learned over the intervening years.
It tells the story of a young boy struggling with his English homework. (It’s more fun that it sounds!)
Anyway, here’s Lucky for your viewing pleasure. Six years in the making.
I’m delighted and excited and thrilled and any-other-happy-adjective-you-can-think-of to reveal that I have signed to an agent! His name is Ben Illis and he’s an Associate Agent at A.M. Heath. The agency has been around since 1919 and include such luminaries as George Orwell, Flann O’Brien, Hilary Mantel and the late, great (and neighbour of mine) John McGahern. Ben himself has a really exciting client list with a couple of books due out this year that I personally can’t wait to read.
Anyway, this is a big step for any writer and I’m overjoyed by it. I can’t wait to get working properly with Ben and to continue bringing lots of exciting, adventure-packed stories to bookshops near you!
One year is coming to an end and the other is right around the corner. Time to look back (and look forward.) So here are some things I liked/disliked over the last 12 months and things I’ve planned for 2013.
Highlights of 2012:
- Being chosen for the first ever UNESCO Dublin City of Literature Childrens reading project
- Meeting so so SO many Arthur Quinn fans and forgetting about any earlier book events nerves
- Matilda: the Musical
- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
- Locke & Key: Clockworks by Joe Hill
- City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
- The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Croc & Bird by Alexis Deacon
- ZomB by Darren Shan
- Argo, Looper, Paranorman, Skyfall, Cabin in the Woods
- Boardwalk Empire Season 3
- Finally watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer from start to finish!
Lowlights of 2012:
- Prometheus, Dark Knight Rises
- Homeland Season 2
- HHhH by Laurent Binet (didn’t live up to the hype at all.)
Plans for 2013:
- The release of Arthur Quinn and Hell’s Keeper (I’ve been looking forward to this one coming out since before book one! There are some big surprises coming and I can’t wait for them to be finally revealed.)
- I have a VERY rough idea for a short film that I’d like to make. It’s been a few years since I wrote/directed anything so it’ll be nice to get behind the camera again this year.
- There are some books coming out in 2013 that I’m really looking forward to. Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill’s new works are top of the list!
Lots of Arthur Quinn Christmas treats here.
Olive the Other Reindeer is a wonderful little Christmas film and you can enjoy the whole thing on Youtube.
Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread and I found this great simple recipe. Other recipes I’ve tried have been too bitter or even too time consuming. But this one is perfect. I advice rolling it quite thick so you get nice chewy cookies.
- 350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 125g/4½oz butter
- 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
- 1 free-range egg
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- writing icing
- cake decorations
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