Mac cleared his throat, opened his Miscellanea and started reading. ‘Fomhóire means ‘from the sea’ and is the name given to the divine powers, or gods of night, death and cold. The Fomhóire were misshapen and were believed to have the heads of goats and bulls. They also were believed to have only one leg […]Read More Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 11 ‘From the Sea’
It was growing dark outside. Inteachán pulled the curtains over the window. In the orange glow of the lamp Mac looked even more ancient than normal. Inteachán sat down on the small footstool in front of the fire. ‘What are the What-Be-Speak?’ she asked. ‘Not ‘What,” Mac replied, ‘but Why.’ He looked into the distance. […]Read More Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 8 ‘The What-be-Speak?’
Everyone said that it was a gas leak that caused the explosion that destroyed No. 23 Wolseley Close but Inteachán and Professor Mac an Bhaird know better. ‘Do you remember hearing anything just before the explosion?’ asked Mac. ‘Think carefully.’ ‘I think I remember a sighing sound,’ replied Inteachán. ‘Like a sigh that got louder […]Read More Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 7 ‘A Sighing Sound’
It was Professor Mac an Bhaird who heard Inteachán sobbing late on that awful evening. Who left his door open in case she needed someone. Who woke to find Inteachán curled up asleep at the end of his narrow bed. Who smiled and didn’t speak. Who allowed Inteachán to just sit. Until she was ready […]Read More Inteachán – Book One: The Song of the NotBeSpeak 1: 6 ‘You may call me Mac’
Hi Everyone Here’s a test ident for Bara Cailín. I am trying to capture that particularly unsettling feeling that I always associate with British science fiction, supernatural and horror television shows from the 1970s – in particular, Roger Price’s The Tomorrow People (1973-1979); Children of the Stones (Peter Graham Scott, 1977); and Nigel Kneale’s wonderful […]Read More Bara Cailín Ident test
Bara Cailín began as a simple experiment in writing flash fiction. I had had the idea of young child teaming up with an elderly academic to save the planet from a cosmic threat for a while and was looking at how best to develop it. Having worked at Trinity College Dublin I also wanted to […]Read More What does the future hold for Bara Cailín?