Christina Houen: The Evolution of a Story

Christina Houen: The Evolution of a Story

Welcome back to Writers in the Attic for 2017! This series was one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of my 2016 blog year, so it's my absolute pleasure to invite writers into this little space again. I have some wonderful writers and essays lined up—an...

My Writing Goals In 2017

My Writing Goals In 2017

I've been quiet on the blog lately and I apologise. My excuse is that in this part of the world, it's school holidays, and I've wound everything right back so I don't spend all day in the attic and neglect my family. School returns next week so I'm gearing up for...

Lily Malone: On Writing Romance

Lily Malone: On Writing Romance

My last writer in the attic for 2016 is Lily Malone. Lily was a guest here in 2014, but she's been rather busy since then ...  Lily has worked as a journalist and editor of wine industry magazines, but discovered after years of writing facts for a living,...

On the Eve of Fifty

On the Eve of Fifty

I'm about to turn fifty. Half a century, a milestone. An age I once thought of as ancient.  Until this birthday, I've not worried about my age, not ever. The number of years I'd been alive had never made me feel old. When I was a child, I'd felt differently,...

Threasa Meads: Being Brave As A Writer

Threasa Meads: Being Brave As A Writer

I'm proud to welcome writer and artist, Threasa Meads, to the attic this week. Please read on for a beautiful piece about being brave in your writing. Threasa is the author of two liminal autobiographies, Nobody and Mothsong (Rare Bird Books, 2016), and a visual...

Teena Raffa-Mulligan: A Writing Life

Teena Raffa-Mulligan: A Writing Life

Teena Raffa-Mulligan has stepped into the attic today and gives us another beautiful essay in this series. The honesty and simplicity with which she tells the story of what writing has meant to her will move you. Teena is a reader, writer...

Midweek Moment #62: Simple Beauty

Midweek Moment #62: Simple Beauty

As I have more than one photo this week, I'll start with Monique's, which she took while in Tasmania a couple of weeks ago. Walking through the rainforest in cold, wet south-western Tasmania, I took the opportunity to get some macro shots before the rain came...

Gill Kenny: A Letter To My Younger Self

Gill Kenny: A Letter To My Younger Self

Today, my dear friend, fellow dog-lover, and aspiring writer, Gill Kenny joins me in the attic. She's written a beautiful and moving letter to her 22-year-old self.   Gill left Ireland at the age of 18, to learn French while working as an au-pair...

Is Blogging Worth It?

Is Blogging Worth It?

Blogging is a big commitment. I've done it for three-and-a-half years now, and there have been times I’ve been tempted to let it lapse. When it's felt like too much of a burden, another deadline, a time-sucker. I’m not a quick writer, and I can’t...

Midweek Moment #61: Lake Landscapes

Midweek Moment #61: Lake Landscapes

I'm going to start with Monique's photo this week as not only is it much more exciting than mine, but it was taken in Tasmania, that place which is never far from my heart. Monique and her husband escaped to Tasmania last week for their first holiday of...