It was such a thrill for me to see my name next to that of Elizabeth Strout, one of my favourite contemporary writers on the longlist for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. Unlike the Booker, this prize is judged by the public. In order to see your favourite book of the year reach the… Continue reading Emma Claire Sweeney Longlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize: Vote Now!
After all those years cooped in my shed, Owl Song at Dawn has now made its way alone in the world for the past month. It’s been such a joy to hear of its safe landing in the hands of friends and strangers alike. Please do keep sharing your thoughts by posting online reviews on… Continue reading Owl Song at Dawn: A Month Since Release
Last week’s Northern Launch of Owl Song at Dawn proved to be a truly humbling affair. Thank you to all the very many of you who celebrated with me at the Williamson Art Gallery in my hometown of Birkenhead. Since the novel features a cast of characters with various different disabilities, it was great to showcase the different… Continue reading Owl Song at Dawn Wings its Way into the World
After years of nurturing Owl Song at Dawn in my writing shed, it has been such a joy to release it into the wider world. It has been humbling to know that reviewers and book bloggers have invested their time and intellectual energy into writing about the novel. Here’s a selection of what they’ve said:… Continue reading Press for Owl Song at Dawn
Emily Midorikawa and I have written an essay for Shooter Literary Magazine about this poem by Emily Dickinson. It is often seen in light of her so-called ‘failures’ in affairs of the heart but it can equally be read in relation to the lack of praise Dickinson was receiving in the literary realm. Most of… Continue reading Success is Counted Sweetest
‘Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway’: This was the headline of the feature on female friendship that I co-wrote with Emily Midorikawa for the Independent on Sunday. Why would such a celebratory subject attract this kind of headline? We focused specifically on friendships between feminists, and we’ve come to think that perhaps intellectual, political, and… Continue reading Double-Page Spread in the Independent on Sunday