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.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Disappointed with J.K. Rowling

I can't believe J.K. Rowling has joined the supporters of the anti-democratic parliamentary coup against the elected leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. Did she not do her research? Did she not look into the background of Mr Corbyn's opponent's voting patterns, including voting for a cap on welfare benefits? Did she accept the consistent and constant media bias against Mr Corbyn which has been clearly proven by the London School of Economics: Did she not consider Mr Corbyn's overwhelming support amongst the regular Labour party membership, the ordinary people who have suffered Tory austerity policy supported by the Labour Parliamentary Party who are trying to oust Mr Corbyn? Has she not considered the blatant and possibly illegal attempts by Labour's National Executive Committee to shut down democratic support of the embattled leader? Sad to think becoming a billionaire can change one's political leanings or one's concern for the poor, but sure looks like that is what has happened.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Reader Visit!

I love when my readers contact me and it's even more exciting when they arrive in Ireland and we get to meet. Here are Bronwyn and Emma over from Australia having coffee with me in my favourite café in the Albert's Walk, Bray. (It has shelves of books and the best Italian coffee in the country.) Like many of my readers, Bronwyn read my books when she was much younger and never forgot me. There was great chat and laughter and you would never have thought that any of us were strangers.