Anakana Schofield – Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

Next Weds promised chilly spell may be a bust! The figures are being revised upwards! I still have my eye on the 16th -20th for an arctic blast.

There was a smidgen of sleety rain (flakes size of pin pricks)  briefly last night. I caught sight of them in the headlights of a Honda. The forecast became fog overnight. We’ve been stuck at 3 degrees, a bit like something that fails to cook inside the low oven temperature.

A non-budging weather event noted.


Yesterday I gave up on the Irish budget. The sight of Michael Noonan nodding it out sent me fleeing to Denis Donoghue.

Each day I go to slow-cooking battle with Denis and it’s very satisfying. Yesterday we were hand wrestling over the imagination.  I was with him, but do wonder Denis — what about what’s absent in literature? What about what’s missing? And what about the readers who go looking for what’s missing and wonder about it? Where are you on appetite and the unmet appetite say?



I have learnt today it may be possible to over do it on the Irish budget and particularly on Pat Kenny & the Irish budget.

Perhaps it was following the day long Budget Special carry on with Frontline’s program Alcohol: The Social Cost that finally did me in.

It’s one degree and falling outside. Crisp as you like. I just went for a very short run to throw off all that budget terminology especially “Troika” .

Imagine there’s even a Part II tomorrow. I may have to ration myself.