In Conversation with Geraldine Doogue

It was my big pleasure and honour to talk to renowned Australian journalist Geraldine Doogue here in Dublin for her SaturdayExtra program on ABC Radio National. We recorded a segment in St Stephen’s Green about the role of women during the … More

Dymocks Top 101: Hello from the Gillespies

I’m delighted to see Hello from the Gillespies in this year’s Dymocks Books’ Top 101 poll in Australia. Thank you all very much for your votes. https://www.dymocks.com.au/top-101

Australia’s Favourite Authors

I’m very happy (and very touched) to be named at no. 5 in Booktopia‘s poll listing Australia’s 50 Favourite Authors. Thanks so much for all your votes, and big thanks to Booktopia for their great support of Australian authors too. http://blog.booktopia.com.au/…/australias-favourite-author…/

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all from the beautiful, stormy west of Ireland. I spent the final day of the year in Connemara in County Galway, driving past mountains and lakes, in rain and sunshine, under grey and then blue … More

Merry Christmas from Dublin

Merry Christmas from Dublin, everyone. Thanks so much for all your great messages and comments throughout the year. Have a safe and happy festive break, and warmest wishes – and happy reading – until we talk again in 2016. Monica … More

Australian Christmases

For anyone else homesick for Australia (or family) this Christmas – a beautiful article from The Toast website written by my beautiful niece Mikaella Clements. Signed, A Proud Aunt http://the-toast.net/…/a-guide-to-missing-australian-chris…/

A Cooler Christmas…

Cooling thoughts to all of you currently sweltering in Australia. I hope you all get some relief soon, and stay safe from the bush fires. Here’s a cool, snowy photo taken in County Mayo last week – one of the … More

Insight Into Audio: Part Two

Have you ever wondered what goes into making an audiobook? Read on, once again… Following my Q&A with Australian actor Ulli Birve, I’m very happy to welcome another narrator of my audiobooks, Catie Milte, to my page today. I also … More

Insight Into Audio

Have you ever wondered what goes into making an audiobook? Read on! It’s my big pleasure to welcome Australian actor Ulli Birve to my page today to share her insights into the narration of audio books. More than thirty years … More

The Gillespies in Germany

Guten Tag to the Gillespies! A treat in the post today – my author copies of the beautiful German edition of Hello from the Gillespies, translated by Astrid Mania and published in Germany this week. The new title translates as … More

The Gillespies in Latvia

Hello to the Latvian Gillespies! I’m delighted to share this cover image of the Latvian edition of Hello from the Gillespies, just published there by Riga-based publisher Kontinents. The title translates to The Valley of Love and my name translates … More

A character comes to life…

Last week I was back in Cobh, County Cork, one of the settings for Hello from the Gillespies. Today, I’m delighted to share photos of not just another setting, but an actual character from the book: Margie Arnold of Meg’s … More

An Evening in Cobh

My warmest thanks to everyone who came along to Cobh Library in County Cork on Friday night for my Culture Night talk about Hello from the Gillespies. It was so lovely to meet you all and chat about books, reading … More

Hello from the Gillespies in Australia’s Top 100 Books

I’m delighted to see Hello from the Gillespies listed among Australia’s Top 100 Books, as voted by book lovers in the Better Reading poll announced this week. Thank you all so much for your votes! www.betterreading.com.au

Indigenous Literacy Day

Happy Indigenous Literacy Day to all of you in Australia. Putting books into the hands of families in remote communities, running story writing workshops, and publishing the stories of young Indigenous authors are all part of the great work done … More

A surprise around the world…

My big thanks to Helen Treloar-Jacobson for sending me this photo and message – it’s so great to see it from the other side of the world. “Look what I found at Melbourne domestic airport tonight! Then saw three people … More

Hello to a new Hello from the Gillespies

A treat in the post: my first copies of the new Australian edition of Hello from the Gillespies have just arrived. I love this new cover – I can almost feel the outback heat coming off it (very welcome on … More

Happy Middle Child’s Day

Warm greetings to any fellow middle children (I’m the middle of seven) who know how it feels to occupy that important/overlooked/ignored position in the family. I’d be celebrating but no one else in my family seems to have remembered… Sigh. … More

A quizzical question from my Mum

My Mum emailed from South Australia yesterday to ask if I could help her with the answer to question 12 in the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper’s daily quiz. “Who wrote the 2007 novel Those Faraday Girls?“ Now, let me think about it… … More

A return to County Mayo

I’m just back from a few days in County Mayo in the beautiful west of Ireland, one of the settings for Hello from the Gillespies. This time last year I was there doing my final edits to the book and … More