4th January 2020

It’s the first weekend of the year, so I’m taking some time to catch up on admin from 2019. Once I’ve got my books all up to date I can move forward with my plans for 2020. One of my big projects this year is the new novel I’m writing (working title: Drowning By The Sea) with support from The Open University‘s Arts & Humanities department. It’s an ambitious piece of work about a Navy communications specialist. That’s all I’ll say on that for now.

My collection of essays and poems (Raging: A collection of essays and poems) is now available directly from the publisher’s website, and will be entering the expanded distribution network (Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc) in six-eight weeks. It contains all of the stories I wrote for Medium including pieces originally published in Invisible Illness, The Composite, Interfaith Now and The Cavendish between 2017 and 2019. I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

The last decade was very challenging on a personal level. I’m a very different person to who I was in 2010, and in many real ways I am a different person to who I was in January 2019.

“We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s OK, that’s good, you’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.”

– Steven Moffat

Now it’s time for me to move forward as the strong, productive and confident woman I know myself to be. I can’t expect everything to change for the better just because we’ve completed another revolution of the Sun, but I can set out to focus my efforts on increasing my literary output, engaging more with the community, and prioritising my mental a physical wellbeing in the year 2020.

Lastly, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and my work over the last year. If you’ve engaged with any of my projects throughout 2019 you’re a real gem and I appreciate you. If you’re new to me and my work then I hope you find something you like. All the best for the new year!

Niamh x

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