Writing Update

Writing Update September

Two children’s book titles available from the 1st of December, Gross Gary and the Slug & Slime Pie and Adventures with Upstairs Cat, ideal for new readers.

Other Projects will be coming in 2018, The Deaths of Guner Zoon (adult sci-fi) and my new poetry collection A Landscape for Yourself (expect that one in early 2018)

Hoping to start work on a new crime fiction novel in November, but for now trying to clear my desktop of all the little projects.

Thank you for your readership and enjoy



Writing Update July 2017

It’s hard to write and edit when the sun is shining (and maybe we shouldn’t).  Having enjoyed the experience of my first photography exhibition Lost in the Graveyards of Ireland, it’s back to writing.  Working on a teleplay with a friend of mine (working title: Peter Saint) and trying to finish off a new poetry collection (more on that later this month).

Guner Zoon (adult comedy sci-fi novel) is in the proof reading stage, and as you may know Murder on the Alpha Centauri Express is out in print and eBook (reviews welcomed).  It’s the planning stage for what novel/book to do next, plenty of options in my Ideas file, so watch this space and thanks for your readership.


Photography Exhibition Details


Novelist and Historian Steve Downes presents his first exhibition of photography, Lost in the Graveyards of Ireland, open to the public in Edenderry Library for the month of July 2017.  For the last four years Steve and his wife Niamh have travelled the length and breadth of Ireland visiting historical sites which have been abandoned or neglected, documenting them for future generations.

Many of these lost sites are old churches and graveyards and Steve soon began to record the iconography, architecture and epitaphs of the gravestones and monuments.  From Pyramids in Laois, Cork and Wexford to the touching words of a grieving father in the 19th Century, Steve and his wife have rediscovered much that was lost or is being lost.

Steve Downes has amassed over 30,000 historical photographs and this exhibition is just a fraction of his collection.  The graveyards and stones are a vital heritage source for all the people of Ireland and Steve will continue to battle weather, nettles and ghosts (if he ever meets one) to document these fading jewels of Ireland’s Gregorian and Victorian past.

Lost in the Graveyards of Ireland features thirty framed, signed and dated pictures from all over Ireland (including several from sites in Offaly and nearby counties) and will be open to visitors in Edenderry Library during all normal library hours.

The Launch of the exhibition is on the 5th of July 7pm, where Steve will give a short talk, and all are welcome.

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