Wow. Seven years has certainly flown in. Seven years of winning awards and winning losing and winning again agents, and countless publishers saying, not for me. And now The Glass Door, my debut novel that I began writing a decade ago, is published.
And yet I feel like it's exactly the right time, even if there have been times (many) where I have felt ignored, persecuted, hard done by. None of that was real, or did me or anyone else justice. Everything has its season, and this is Rosie's. I'm so grateful to let it loose into the world at last. My intention for it is to give whoever reads it something of value, whether that's escape, meaning, resonance, or even catharsis. Or something else entirely. I so excited to see where it travels from here...
The Dublin launch is taking place on October the 17th at 6.30pm at the Mutiny (Old Focus) Theatre on Pembroke Place.
Come by and raise a glass with me...x
The Broken Spiral is going on tour. Wonderfully, we have been invited by the London Irish Centre to do an evening of discussion about the anthology and its place in a time of shifting power dynamics in our society.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the Belfast Rape Trial, anger and betrayal rippled through a very large area of Irish society who recognise there is a deep injustice at work in this country, and want to see that change.
The Broken Spiral was created for this purpose, to enact social change at the fundamental level of our belief systems, as well as to raise funds to support the work of the Dublin Rape Crisis centre, who tackle fundamental belief systems both personal and systemic across Ireland every day.
This event will discuss literary activism, as well as literature as a healing art form.
Chaired by me, and featuring a panel of The Broken Spiral authors, Mia Gallagher, Lisa Harding and Sam Blake, this event will feature readings from the anthology and discussion about what drew us all to getting involved in the project, as well as the impact of related current events upon us and our writing.
You can book your tickets here.
RM Clarke is a writer and voice-over artist. She has written for various literary mags and anthologies and won awards. She has put her voice to most things she can think of.