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Caimh McDonnell

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Irishman Caimh McDonnell is a former professional stand-up comedian and TV writer who now concentrates all of his energies on his books. Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin, he has taken the hop across the water and calls Manchester his home.

His TV writing work has seen him work on some of the biggest topical comedy shows on British TV and has earned him a BAFTA nomination. These days he can be found happily writing his next book in the office in the back garden, with only his dog and his imagination for company.

His book 'I Have Sinned' was shortlisted for the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019. Previously, his debut novel 'A Man With One of Those Faces' was nominated for best novel at the 2017 CAP awards.

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Caimh McDonnell This will no doubt be really irritating but I don't believe in writer's block. Honestly, I consciously made a decision early in my career to never use…moreThis will no doubt be really irritating but I don't believe in writer's block. Honestly, I consciously made a decision early in my career to never use those words. There is a danger in adding a mystical element to the writing process in your own head because by definition, you're taking it out of your control.

I come from a background of having written a whole load of TV and there, you typically have to pitch an episode idea and then provide a detailed beat-by-beat breakdown of the idea before you ever get to writing it. That forces you to think things through long before you get to the writing stage. Writer's block to me is running out of road, how you avoid that is by making sure you've got a map. Even if you then take an entirely different route, you can always find your way to where you want to go eventually. (less)
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Thanks very much. I'm trying to eat bran for breakfast these days so I am assuming that means I'll live forever. I'll be pissed if it doesn't!…more
Hi Mark,
Thanks very much. I'm trying to eat bran for breakfast these days so I am assuming that means I'll live forever. I'll be pissed if it doesn't! :)(less)
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Caimh’s Christmas Hamper 2022

Seeing as it’s now tradition, I thought I’d put together a big bumper selection box of books, TV, films and stand-up that I’ve enjoyed over the last year. Hopefully, they’ll provide some ideas to help you fill in that weird gap between Christmas and New Year when you’re not passed out in a food coma. […]
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“In the meantime, he was dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the ‘T’s, waiting for the S and the H to show up.”
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“If you want the honest-to-God truth, most people have a lot they want to say and not that much they want to hear.”
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“Get off the cross, we need the wood.”
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