I think of autumn as a time for new academic resolutions - books and knowledge being to the fore. I am back in UCD, on the gorgeous Carysfort Campus with my writing course titled, The Nuts & Bolts of Plotting and Writing Fiction. We're there on Wednesday mornings from 10 o'clock to noon, with a break for coffee in the splendid restaurant.
As always our group is talented, intense and interested in both writing and enjoying the experience of being with like-minded people. We have men and women; a mixture of ages and abilities; some new to writing; more just new to me; several doing a repeat which is very flattering, if unnerving.
As examples of the good writing that is coming out of Ireland the books we're looking at include: Christine Dwyer Hickey's The Cold Eye of Heaven; Douglas Kenededy's The Moment; Solace by Belinda Mckeon; Anne Enright's The Last Waltz - an aspirationally eclectic mixture.
And together we plan to enjoy the next 10 weeks