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I know this looks like I let a drunk orangutan loose on the site … sadly it was me. I’m still finding my way.

I still have a  huge amount of things to do on this site but  I’ll get there.   I am thrilled that I’ve got this far.   Let me revel in some  self-congratulation for a bit.

All the photos on my site were taken by Bernard O’Kelly unless otherwise stated.


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  1. No Need / Aug 20 2012 3:25 pm

    Looking good so far! A lot of work,I know but you’ll make a good go of it. Good luck.


  2. Una MacConville / Aug 24 2012 3:06 pm

    Hi Catherine, lovely site, well done. There’s so much here it will take a while to read it all.


  3. kelseyqt314 / Sep 17 2012 8:00 pm

    Hello, I am an Audiology Grad Student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S. and we are planning a trip to Zambia for this coming May, 2013. I was wondering if we could correspond through email so we could ask you a few questions about your experience?


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    Currently it seems like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
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    • catherinebwrites / Jan 21 2013 3:25 pm

      Sorry it’s taken so long to respond to your comment. Life… it really can get in the way of what you want to do. I have no notion what Expression Engine I am only computer semi-literate


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  7. Warren Armstrong / Feb 1 2013 3:31 pm

    Totally emphasise Catherine. In same boat but we must persevere. If you are publishing on Amazon, you must check out Smashwords. Fantastic. Very user friendly provided you read their free style guide first. For paperback versions of your work, have a look at Grosvenor House Publishing. I have used them, very professional and competitively priced. Book covers, I get mine from istock and use Photo Elements to apply text. Beginner at this but check out the results on my website. If I can do it anyone can. Read Karen Lotter’s blog Wednesday, there’s a little piece I wrote about my self publishing experiences on there. Good luck and keep going! Warren, aka W R Armstrong.


  8. Mick Sawtell / Feb 11 2013 6:40 pm

    Hi Carherine — you don’t know me but a friend of mine -Patsy Brennan ( from rebirthing Days ) said you might know how to connect with another old friend of mine -Jean O’Keefe from co-counselling days ?!?!?
    If you can help I would appreciate !
    Thanks — Mick Sawtell


    • Jean O'Keeffe / Mar 19 2013 3:18 pm

      If you are reading this Michael….. I have looked for you too. Catherine, if you are reading this – your website just peaked!

      Where are you Michael…how are your daughters….what are you doing, thinking, working on?
      I live in Hebden Bridge and am flying to Dublin in April for the first time in years, to stay with a friend in Tipperary for a few days. I think I am going to be devastated on the way home. The old roots are stronger than ever and how they tug!

      [email protected] will reach me.



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    Dear Catherine,

    Re: Internet Will Land Me In Jail.
    Absolutely awesome post! No doubt many of us feel this way.
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  12. catherinebwrites / May 9 2013 3:04 pm

    Thank you Klaus


  13. Dee Ebel / Sep 9 2013 7:45 pm

    Catherine, so you come nearby and I and perhaps Mark would like to greet you, we are checking out getting to see you at the storytelling festival…Omaha not quite Albania but we know you’ll find some material! Dee Ebel And Mark Rathouz…PS Mark has read all your books!


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  18. Paul Akert / Mar 19 2014 2:05 pm

    Catherine, I’m looking forward to your session at the Northlands Storytelling Conference in April. I’ve been cast as the Toymaker who tells stories to children at the Bristol Renaissance Faire by way of introduction to a puppet on stilts. The director has suggested I might use stories such as the Wonderful Toymaker, Elves and the Shoemaker, Princess and the Pea. Each needs some work on my part to make them work as a Renaissance story for the faire. For starters I’m interested in spicy up and lengthening the Elves and the Shoemaker story. Any suggestions you may have before the conference would be most welcome.
    Thank you,


    • catherinebwrites / Mar 20 2014 12:30 pm

      Hi Paul, it will be fun to meet in Northlands. I’m in the throes of getting ready to go to Zambia where I’m hoping to set up a screening programme for hearing so a bit up to the tonsils at the moment.
      However but one thing that usually works for me is to go through the story as is and pin-point the practical, everyday questions that would arise if this were reality e.g. what exactly is the motivation of the elves? When you explore these a bit you’ll usually find something that helps pump the story up. Love Catherine


      • Paul Akert / Mar 22 2014 11:31 am

        Thank you so much. My adaptation as told at M.A.S.T. (Milwaukee Area Story Tellers) last evening was met with much positive response. I introduced the story by citing several kinds of small fairy folk. The elves were described as “helper fairies” which led to asking the listeners to be helpers with the story. Doorbell ringer, snorers, a tap, tap tapper, “whisperers like the wind” and “dance with joy” listeners. The group loved the technique and told me this would be a great way to involve the children at the Bristol Renaissance Faire this summer. I had not thought about your “what motivates the character”, elves in this case, to do what they are doing but I believe identifying them as “helper fairies” is a good start. As there is a bit of time before the faire I will look at the story again for what motivates the elves. Thank you for the wake up call about motivation as it has been a long time since I’ve participated in theater and I do know that discovery of what moves a character is important. May all go well with the screening program in Zambia. Best regards, Paul


  19. catherinebwrites / Mar 22 2014 3:18 pm

    Thank you paul… glad the suggestion was some help. Hope I’ll see you at my workshop in Northlands! would be fun to connect.


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  22. Brooke Nagle / Mar 6 2020 9:08 pm

    Wonderful reading your blog! I felt like I was in India with you and Sir. I also enjoyed your blog on the Armenia election observation mission. Wasn’t that where we met? Keep the stories coming!!


    • catherinebwrites / Mar 7 2020 5:45 pm

      Thanks Brooke for your kind words. Yes it was Armenia where our eyes met across a crowded polling station!!


  23. miriam mckeever / Mar 18 2020 12:13 pm

    bout 6 t0 8 members are enquiring about workshop starting next Sept/oct say 6 week venue would b in members houses< my mobile is 0868873892. hope we can do business in these strange times? regards miriam


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  25. catherinebwrites / May 11 2020 11:08 am

    Thanks for your kind comment. Yes I do have a facebook page.


  26. James O'Kelly / Nov 10 2020 9:14 pm

    Hi Catherine, I have sent you a private message on facebook, Seamus O’Kelly


  27. rosemerraly / Jan 21 2021 7:42 pm

    Your website looks very good Catherine. Clear and easy to navigate.


  28. Denis Jóper / Jan 23 2021 7:46 am

    I just found your latest posts in your blog and I love it. It is always amazing how you manage to find a topic from daily life and to bring it up to something funny, touchy and worth reading always. Congratulations, Catherine.


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