Monday, November 13, 2017

Emerging from the Dark

Well we may be heading into the dark of winter but I am just coming out of my cave and re-entering life! It has been a long year of mourning and depression and very little work but I am back writing again at last. I'm revising the book I wrote about my mother's dying and death and I am also working on a small performance piece that I will be doing with two others - a man who works with electronic sound and music and a singer. I am moving slowly though. Softly softly ...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Three Books

Slowly but surely I am working my way through three books. I completed The Night Shifts, a Tale of Dying, Grief and Family Madness before Christmas, but have agreed with my agent that I need to put the book aside for a time and look at it again when the grief is less raw. That said, I am pleased I wrote it - a catharsis - and really I had no choice in the matter as the words poured out of me like tears. I look forward to a re-reading and re-working this summer. Meanwhile, I have read the original manuscript of The Celtic Warrior-Princess as well as the film script of same and have made notes for the final rewrite. But I confess I am not going ahead just yet. I am, in fact, about to embark on a new work of non-fiction about my experience walking the pilgrimage of the Camino Santiago. I kept notebooks as I walked from southern France over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain to the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela and then on to the coast to Finisterre. I look forward to delving into my memories and seeing what I find there. Life is an epic journey, a sacred quest, and all such pilgrimages are a reflection of the Great Pilgrimage.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

12 Great Irish Canadian Books

Just discovered today that People of the Great Journey is on this list, thanks to CBC Books. See page here as for some reason there's no share to blogger: Chuffed to see myself in there with the likes of Emma Donoghue and Jane Urquhart, two writers I admire hugely. published the list twice, online and on Twitter, for St Patrick's Day March 2016 and Bloomsday June 2016. The latter had this lovely line: whether they're mining their family histories or creating worlds of their own, these 12 Irish Canadian writers would make Joyce proud. Hoping this might have encouraged some Canadian libraries to stock it? (My Public Lending Right statements have yet to show this book on the shelf while all my other books are!)Final question from the grammar police: should there not be a hyphen in the use of Irish-Canadian as an adjective describing books and writers?

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

My Amazing Mum

Here's my amazing mother on youtube in a little clip made two years ago when she was 90. She took part in artist Grace Hall's thesis on older women and fashion. I've just completed my book about her heartbreaking death by cancer and the affect it had on my big family as we nursed her through her last journey this summer. She was as extraordinary facing the end of her life as she was in enjoying the full of it. I hope I have captured this well in my book called The Night Shifts, A Tale of Dying, Grief and Family Madness.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Proud Mum!

Here's some of the photo shoot my daughter Finn completed today for her cookbook that will be published by Gill Books (@Gill_Books) next year. If you want to know more have a look at (@Fins_Fit_Food). Her recipes are yum. I should know. She cooks for me whenever she visits!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter. Wandering Ireland with my grief and this book, meeting crows along the way. So far a Faerie crow dress in a craft shop on the quay in Kinvarra, a crow on the beach in Bundoran, a crow sculpture in a magical woods. Will post photos of them when I land in next location. Will also be posting them on my Twitter @ormelling1. Now I'm off again after a wonderful visit with Donegal daughter. The road will take care of you, my writer friend Kate Thompson said. And she's right. Grief,the Tour has taken me hemp harvesting in Monaghan, walking the green road and two art exhibitions in Co.Galway, jumping in the Atlantic on Rossnowlaugh Strand ...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Yes, I've entered the 21st century at last, not only with an iphone but now a twitter account. I'm @ormelling1 no mates at the moment but let's see what happens. And bizarre as it may sound, the chief way I am dealing with family tragedy (ref my t'other blog) is obsessively following the UK Labour Party leadership debacle. Firmly on the side of Jeremy Corbyn, of course.