Sometimes you do your best writing in bed. Give yourself permission to do this.
When I was writing for Fair City I used to lie in bed in the mornings running a scene over and over in my head until it was perfect, and then get up and write it down. My partner at the time used to ask when I was getting up, and laughed when I said I was thinking. I wondered if I was kidding myself until I got speaking to another writer on the series who said she did the exact same thing.
I remembered all this this morning when I was having a lie in. During this lie in I wrote a blog, a course outline, some tweets, this post and the answer to a question that’s been bothering me for a long time. Now that’s what I call a lie in.
Whatever works for you – do it!
PS During my lie in I also got this in a dream – God does not always come in lightning strikes but in a series of small kisses. You can replace God with the Muse, Inspiration, writing angel, whatever – just grab those kisses when they come.
I’d love to see you at the launch of my new poetry collection The Return of the Buffalo on Tuesday 24th September at 7pm in the First Presbyterian Church in Rosemary Street, Belfast. Everyone welcome. Maria McManus and Myra Vennard are also launching their new books on the night. Check out the invite above. You can read more about the book in my interview with Culture Northern Ireland.
Here’s what it says on the back cover:
Whether dealing with grief at the loss of a father, a devastating personal tragedy or the vicissitudes of married love, Deirdre Cartmill’s The Return of the Buffalo attempts to make sense of an often harsh and seemingly meaningless world.
Central to the collection is a poem regarding a visit to Alcatraz in San Francisco – the site of a Native American occupation in the 1960s. Struck by parallels to her own experiences, Cartmill finds hope and consolation in this meditation on the Native American myth that the birth of a white buffalo calf and the revival of the buffalo population will herald a new age.
Other poems in the collection echo and deepen this desire to begin again.
While refusing to shy away from painful realities, The Return of the Buffalo is ultimately about the possibility of redemption.
I’m doing a free workshop, reading and Q&A on Saturday 9th March in Armagh City Library, to celebrate International Women’s Day, alongside poets Denise Blake and Moyra Donaldson.
In the morning I’ll be doing a workshop for anyone who’s always wanted to write a poem but didn’t know how to start. We’ll be looking at how the 5 senses can inspire you. It will be a fun and easygoing session, so don’t let nerves put you off. Denise’s workshop will be on turning memories into poems and Moyra will be running a poetry masterclass.
In the afternoon the Meet The Poets event runs from 2-4pm. All three of us will read from our work and this will be followed by a Q&A. Hope to see you there.
I’m really looking forward to reading in Paris and Galway in March. I’ll be reading at The Kitchen @ The Museum in Galway at 8pm on 9th March alongside Bernie McGill and Maureen Boyle. This is part of Galway’s Over The Edge series. Then it’s off to the Centre Cultural Irlandais in Paris for a reading at 7.30pm on 14th March alongside Moyra Donaldson and Maureen Boyle. This reading will celebrate “Printemps des Poètes” and it’s also a run up to the St Patrick’s Day celebrations on 17th March.