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I’m currently on retreat in the beautiful River Mill, a brand new writers’ retreat in an 18th C mill in County Down. It’s in a gloriously rural part of the country, near Ardglass and Downpatrick. There is vast peace, boreens to walk, sweet lambs to admire and delicious food to eat.

And I’m getting plenty of features and articles written in the run-up to my new novel Becoming Belle‘ s publication in August (USA) and September (here).

I’d highly recommend The River Mill to writers looking for a really peaceful retreat in the countryside. Poet Paul Maddern is a lovely host and he cooks and bakes like an angel.