Posted in December 2021

My first Christmas in Australia

by Eda Payne My first Christmas in Australia was spent in 1959 in Renmark, a South Australian town on the River Murray.  We erected a big marquee in the middle of a paddock.  The heat was intense, every fly in Australia had settled there and the food was spread out in abundance on the groaning … Continue reading

Declan O’Rourke, singer, songwriter, and now novelist

by Gill Kenny The critically acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke is well-loved for his deep and meaningful lyrics – especially those contained in his album Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine which was released in late 2017.  In 2018, one of its songs, ‘The Great Saint Lawrence River’, was nominated in the Best Original Song … Continue reading

New non-fiction

Book Reviews by Frank O’Shea UNSETTLED. By Rosaleen McDonagh. Skein Press 2021. 111 pp. $30 The farmstead of the grabber is hungry as a stone,But the little homes of Kerry will give us half their own.(The Ballad of the Tinker’s Wife. Sigerson Clifford) We knew them as ‘the tinkers’ when I was growing up in … Continue reading