Sunday, November 1, 2020
Monday, February 17, 2020
|The Bookclub Edition! |
A masterpiece… Boyce delicately unfolds this atmospheric, magical thriller with pace and juice. Sunday Independent.
Her Kind is available from bookshops
Friday, September 13, 2019
Interview with Liz Walsh in Kilkenny Libary
Run by Danielle Mc Laughlin & Madeleine D'Arcy. The final Sunday of every month in Cork- fun, fiction, jelly beans, hula hoops, open mic & free book raffle.
Niamh will be chatting to Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Music from singer Dylan Rooney, and cellist Gráinne Higgins
Tickets = here
|Dylan Rooney, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Niamh Boyce|
15th Oct EMBASSY BOOK CLUB
Special Reading with the Embassy Book Club
Embassy of Ireland, Brussels
tickets : here
16th Oct SNUG HARBOUR
Karl Dehmelt & Niamh Boyce on stage in Brussels
Snug Harbor is created by Sofie Verraest, hosted by Muntpunt Library, the Muntpunt Grand Cafe, Mont Saint Eugene, the Brussels Writers' Cirlce & Waterstones
details : here
|Niamh Boyce, Karl Dehmelt|
19th Oct KILDARE READERS FESTIVAL
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Panel in The Riverbank, Newbridge, with Niamh Boyce, Stacey Halls, & Martina Devlin
Whether it’s horror fiction or historical non-fiction, Witches and Wiccan culture have provided rich material for authors throughout the years.During the season of Samhain, we will be discussing witches within the canon of literature.
26th Oct IMAGINE LITERARY FESTIVAL
From Fact to Fiction Writing Workshop in Waterford
9th Nov LEAVES FESTIVAL
14th Nov Dublin Book Festival: National Library of Ireland
Writing Ireland's History
Niamh Boyce, Patricia O'Reilly, Eibhear Walshe & Nessa O' Mahoney
23rd Nov Workshop: Freshford, Kilkenny
details on the way... !
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Woman and Home Bookclub Witch Reads
That Something Wicked...
On Saturday 19th of October - Kildare Readers Festival are having a special Samhain Event - Something Wicked This Way Comes... The panel will be Stacey Halls, Martina Devlin and myself. We have all written (fantastic!)novels based on real witch trials. Tickets can be booked Here
|Niamh Boyce (Her Kind), Stacey Halls (The Familiars), Martina Devlin (The House Where It Happened)|
I'll be reading at various events as part of the HER KIND Book Tour, and will post the details very soon! Also, I have some exciting new from the Irish Writers Centre but have been sworn to secrecy for now.
I've been overwhelmed with the positive reaction to HER KIND, in the past month it was selected a book of the month for the Rick O' Shea Book Club- which has 24,000 members last count, it also received a rave review in Historical Novels Review, by Kristen Mc Dermott - 'This is a marvelously witty, cleverly plotted novel... read the rest Here'
So, back to the writing shed,
and here's to having more power than society wants us to!
and here's to having more power than society wants us to!
Monday, August 12, 2019
I'm thrilled that my first festival appearance with Her Kind is set to take place in Kilkenny City.
Next Saturday, at 11 am, I'll be reading in Kilkenny Castle itself - the site of many scenes in the novel, and of course in the real case - The Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler. It will be strange and wonderful to read scenes from the story almost on site - even if seven hundred years have passed...
For TICKETS - click Here
Many thanks to Kilkenny Arts Festival, and to Kilkenny Book Center who will be there with lots of copies of Her Kind :)
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Congratulations on your new novel Doreen - What a stunning cover! I love the title 'Night Swimming' - I immediately thought of the R.E.M song, is there a connection? There most certainly is a connection between my novel and the REM song! When I was writing the first, tentative draft of what became this book, I was casting around for a title. I was listening to Automatic For The People, REM’s seminal album, and on came the song. It fitted perfectly with the themes within the novel, and with the thread of slipping outside at night to play. I’m a huge REM fan, so it was meant to be!
Night Swimming is set in the 1970's, it will resonate with a lot of readers that grew up then. What were the reasons for setting it then? Is it an era you always wanted to write about?I chose the 1970s because it was the decade of my own early childhood, and 1976 was the standout year because of the heatwave. I needed to have good weather in the story, because the book is essentially about loss of innocence and a love affair. I wanted to have the weather reflect the passion of the characters, and I knew that if I set the book in a cold January that the chances of a torrid affair would be slim! Also, the seventies are really hot nowadays in terms of their cultural value, and my generation is both nostalgic and protective of that era. I wanted the story of childhood to be authentic, and what could be more authentic than my own experience of that time? To set the same story in the present day wouldn’t work for me, because of technology. There are two missing fathers, an unbridgeable gap between the Irish and the American experience of life, and an ignorance of the wider world, all of which can solved instantly now with a quick Google search. I wanted to keep that innocence, spin it out and see where it took me.
|Author Doreen Finn|
Your writing is beautiful, so vivid and concise - who are the writers you like to read? That you admire?I love good writing. I will cartwheel over broken glass for good prose and well-developed characters. There are so many books being published now that it takes a discerning reader to pick out the books that will appeal to us personally. Mostly, I read women, and within that I tend to read Irish women. It’s not a choice as such, just more the way my tastes lie. My absolute favourite writer of all is Maggie O’Farrell, who I just adore, and who I wish would bring out a book every week so I’d never again have to wonder what to read next! I also admire your good self, Niamh, Julia Kelly, Nuala NiConchuir, Sally Rooney, Claire Kilroy, Anne Enright, Colm Toibin, Janet Fitch, Sadie Jones, Kit de Waal.
So keep at it, stick with it, and see where the stories take you. I don’t plot and I don’t draw out maps for my books. I start with a character and a setting, usually a female in a house, and I take it from there. The other most important and vital piece of advice to budding writers is to read. Read, read, read, and then read some more. Never stop reading, because it’s only through seeing what other writers produce that you will learn and understand what you want to do yourself.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Greetings from my writing shed -
I'm popping out to post word of some upcoming events.
I'm delighted let you know that I'll be bringing HER KIND - my novel based on the Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler; the first European witchcraft trial - to the following four festivals in August...
I've also added a Page for Book Clubs to this Blog, with Questions & Info about Her Kind - cast your eye to the right, and you'll see it :)
On Saturday 3rd August, at 5pm -
I'll be in the Literary Tent at the uber cool All Together Now Festival in Waterford. The amazing Patti Smith is one of the acts!
Its a Special Book Club Extravaganza arranged by Waterford Library..
For more information and the line up - here
On Saturday 17th August at 11am
I'll be in the Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle - the very building which houses the ancient jail where Alice Kytler and her alleged sect of witches were held! Its part of the amazing Kilkenny Arts Festival...
Tickets can be bought HERE, or at the Festival Office.
On Friday 23rd August at 7pm
I'll be in Graiguenamanagh Library
as part of Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival, reading and taking part in a Q & A with their brilliant Book club.
On Saturday 24th August at 4pm
I'll be reading alongside John MacKenna in Abbeyleix as part of inaugural The Power of Words Festival. This is the first year of what promises to be a memorable festival, this year the festival celebrates poet Pat Ingoldsby. Tickets can be bought Here, & click Here to read more...
|Amanda Kelly who created POW, with the legendary Pat Ingoldsby|
And one more good thing... Brussels!
Her Kind is based on a real case, the sorcery trial of Alice Kytler - a Flemish moneylender who lived in medieval Kilkenny. I'm absolutely thrilled to have been invited to Belgium by Ambassador Helena Nolan. I'll be reading from Her Kind and chatting about the Flemish connections, on October 15th as part of the Embassy of Ireland Book Club - tickets can be booked Here
|with Sheba in the shed - letting ourselves go :)|
I'm reading at festivals later in the Autumn and will update the page then, in the meantime - I'm writing a new novel from my new shed and trying to be offline & rustic for whats left of July ... Have a great summer, happy reading to readers, happy writing to writers and happy resting to resters !
Friday, July 5, 2019
a selection to choose from...
Q. If there was a point of no return in the book, a point where things were never going to be the same again – where do you think that was?
Q. The word witch – how does its use differ today? Can you still destroy someone’s reputation by calling them a name? What names have the same affect now as ‘witch’ did, in medieval times?
Q. What do you think Ledrede’s real motivation for accusing Alice Kytler of witchcraft was?
‘The cathedral was also
where I came across the anchoress’s grave. An anchorite or anchoress is a hermit
who gives up ordinary life for a solitary life of prayer – they are often
sealed in between the walls of a church, with only small ‘squints’ or windows
to receive food through. The figure of a nun is carved onto the anchoress’s
grave stone. Her hands are held in old style prayer position, palm facing
outwards rather than palms together. When I placed my palms over her stone
ones, I felt a strange sensation, close to the one that Petronelle describes in Her Kind, that of an old truth pushing back – that day the character
of Agnes the anchoress came to life.’ (Niamh Boyce)
The novel is beautifully written and transports us to the 14th century, though many of its themes loudly resonate today. I can’t wait to see where Niamh Boyce takes us next. (RTE Guide)
Q. Was the world of Her Kind familiar or strange to you? What had you expected medieval Ireland to be like? How was it different? What resonated?
Q. Her Kindis based on a real trial - a landmark case in the history of witchcraft - did that affect how you felt about the characters and their fate? Had you heard of the case before this? Why do you think this is?
Q. If you were to retrieve someone's voice from history, whose would it be?