Articles for category: Journal

Finding an Authentic Voice

I was in Canada last week. On one evening in Ottawa, the rain started to tumble in fat generous drops, what some Irish people might call ‘wet rain’, instantly soaking umbrellas and jeans and shoes. I walked along Bank Street, its rainbow flags and cannabis shops blending softly in the reflection of the wet pavement, ...

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The Writing Groove

I’ve been thinking about writing a post for a few weeks. It’s not the one I intended to write. It has been 3.5 months since I started a PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast and everything is about writing. I’ve been on writing courses, I’ve submitted pieces to be assessed and learned how to handle positive ...

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The Everydayness of Living to Work…

Living to Work, Working to Live… I’m unsure who coined that pithy phrase but it captures, in its own imperfect way, the dilemma many of us feel about the position of work in our lives; lives for which we have high expectations which ‘work’, most often, defies with its very everydayness. The very suggestion of ...

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