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Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 18- Kinvara

Day 18: Kinvara

Kinvara (Irish: Cinn Mhara, meaning “head of the sea“), also spelled Kinvarra, is a sea port village located in the southwest of County Galway. It is located in the civil parish of Kinvarradoorus in the north of the barony of Kiltartan.

Kinvara was my third stop on my trip, and I came here with the intention to establish a setting for my main characters’ childhood home. I spent six days in Kinvara, staying in an Airbnb run by Sharon, a single mother with five daughters, three still of school age and living at home.

A half hour drive from Galway City, Kinvara is a far cry from the cultural boiling pot that is Galway City. This is where my story would begin; this is where my main characters would be growing up. I spent most of my time in Kinvara walking around the village and surrounding areas looking at houses, schools, churches, and local businesses to get a feel for the local community.

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Old stone house, The Northampton Road, Kinvara
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Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 16- Salthill

Salthill (Irish: Bóthar na Trá) is a seaside area in the City of Galway in the west of Ireland. There is a two kilometer long promenade, locally known as “the Prom” overlooking Galway Bay.

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I came to Salthill upon the recommendation of my Airbnb host Laura. I was also interested in locating the Salthill garda station as part of location research for my book. Wrapped in my coat, scarf, gloves and beanie, I cringed at the sight of locals taking a dip at Blackrock Tower, Galway’s iconic swimming location.

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I became quite lost looking for the garda station, but in my wanderings I stumbled across a halting site, a facility constructed for the accommodation of Irish Travellers and other nomadic groups. This was also part of my book research.

Finally, just as I was about to lose daylight, I located the garda station. I had walked in the complete opposite direction of where I needed to be! But it had been a lovely afternoon nonetheless getting lost in Salthill.

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By now the temperature had dropped to just one degree. I waited at the bus stop and asked the driver at the next bus if I was waiting on the right side of the road to get back to Rahoon, a nearby suburb where my Airbnb accommodation was located. He was extremely helpful and friendly, and allowed me to ride the bus for free (clearly taking pity on a young Aussie traveller who has no clue where she’s going!). As it turned out I had gotten on the bus that was headed into Galway City, the opposite direction than what I needed to be going in to get back to Rahoon. But I had a great chat with the bus driver, whom I found out had a son living in Ipswich, Brisbane. It sure is a small world!

 

 

 

 

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International Women’s Day Feature Author: Lea Scott

From the time Lea Scott picked up her first crayon, creative writing has been one of her lifelong passions. Her mother’s cupboards are filled with self-illustrated books and stories penned from an early age. Other random life skills she has gained along the way include the ability to bait her own fishhook and shoot with a deadly aim…

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My name is Lea Scott and I am a Brisbane-based crime writer. I like to excite readers with page-turning thrills but a strong theme also running through my crime novels is showing victims overcoming trauma to become survivors. I am an appointed writing
mentor for the Queensland Writers Centre, helping aspiring writers along the path to achieving their writing and publishing dreams.

I have been writing as long as I can remember. I recall that I traced all the words in my Little Golden Books and pretended that I was writing them. As a child, I was a big fan of mysteries. I had a whole collection of Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon and later Agatha Christie novels and I loved trying to solve the crime before making it to the end. It was a natural progression when I began writing that I chose the genre I most loved to read.

I published my first crime novel, The Ned Kelly Game, in 2009. This was followed by Eclipsed and One for All, so I have racked up quite a high body count. For the record – I can’t stand the sight of blood – but I can write about it!

I have recently completed a novel for a PhD project. My project aims to represent trauma in crime fiction in a way that can have therapeutic benefits for readers who have had similar traumatic experiences. The novel is about a young child who goes missing and the impact this has on the mother. On top of the trauma of losing her only child, the mother also has to deal with being treated as a prime suspect by the police and a trial by media.
I am hoping to publish my PhD novel this year – a domestic noir crime thriller called ‘Ebb and Flow.

The premise of my research is that fiction allows suspension of disbelief and encourages your sub-conscious to expand the story, so this may lead readers to imagine solutions to work through their own situations and symptoms. I’m really enjoying the research for this book, because the ultimate aim is to help people who are suffering.

A little thing called ‘flow’ introduced by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (try and say his name after a few drinks!). It is that heightened state of consciousness where you become so absorbed in the process nothing else seems to matter. Blissful hours can just disappear while I am writing. And the after-effects are almost as good as…chocolate 😉 I am sure that fellow writers like Kate will understand the feeling I am talking about.

You can find out more about Lea and her books on her website: www.leascott.com