Book Launch signing

Book Launch signing

Thanks to everyone who attended the Book Launch. ‘Celia’s Secret’ is now reaching a wider audience through radio and TV interviews and reviews.   A feature article based on one of the themes of the book, ‘Deception’, will be published very soon in a major UK newspaper (available worldwide).

I’ve been busy networking and marketing the book.  I’m meeting so many interesting people and have been able to make contact with two other second cousins who have been led to me as a result of reading about the book.

Every day brings new surprises and opportunities – so many positive things are happening! 

Two views of Migration

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 Leaving Ireland & Migratory Mourning: Two Poems By Martha Ashwell As part of the Manchester Irish Festival 2017, I wrote this original work for our event, ‘Echoes of Ireland’. Voices from our past echo down to us through the...

The Death of Helena Blunden

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 The Death of Helena Blunden: Short Story By Martha Ashwell In my previous post for this blog, I wrote about the life of Helena Blunden. Helena was a Belfast mill girl (Millie) who was a talented singer but who sadly met an untimely death at a...

The Story of Helena Blunden – Part 1

Manchester Irish Writers Friday, 3 February 2017 Working in the Linen Mills of Belfast: the life of Helena Blunden By Martha Ashwell The Old Gilford Linen Mill: P Flannagan/[CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons In the mid 19th and early 20th centuries, linen was the...

Tom’s Story

Irish Soldier of the Somme By Martha Ashwell My childhood school friend was Claire Dignan (a derivative of Duignan), third generation Irish and living in Manchester.  This is the story of her father’s experience as a British soldier fighting in the First World War....