Deborah O'Donoghue


Deborah O’Donoghue is a British-Irish writer who has lived in the UK, France and Belgium. She has travelled all over the world and worked in car body repairs, in the best fish ‘n’ chip shop in Brighton, and been a gopher in a comedy club, as well as a teacher. She’s a past winner of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Prize. Her début novel, Sea of Bones, was published by Legend Press in 2019 and comes out in Germany in 2021. Follow Deborah on Twitter and Instagram.

19 October 2021

5 Destinations to shiver your timbers this Halloween

Yesterday, we visited the Paris Catacombs in anticipation of the scariest week of the year. With Halloween now upon us, let’s discover some more tingle-inducing locations […]
18 October 2021

Paris catacombs: A Halloween trip to the empire of Death

As we approach Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and the Day of the Dead, what more apt than a visit to the Paris Catacombs? Here, since the […]
15 October 2021

What’s on? Leuven culture set to explode with BANG! Festival

Looking for something a bit different this autumn and winter? Look no further. From mid-October to January 2022, it’s all going off in Leuven, one of […]
29 September 2021

6 beautiful loop walks in the Belgian Ardennes

The Belgian Ardennes is a densely forested area of hills and valleys where rivers flow and meander green and wide. Part of the Eifel mountain range […]
22 September 2021

Australia – walk the Blue Mountains’ National Pass

A short train ride from Sydney lie the Blue Mountains. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2000, the ‘mountains’ were actually formed by […]
16 September 2021

A walk all around Brussels – the Promenade Verte

They say a person’s character can be judged by how they treat the vulnerable and less fortunate. In the same way, perhaps a city can best […]
13 September 2021

10 vintage travel posters to get you dreaming

There’s just something about a vintage travel poster. The artists behind them were expert at finding visual symbols to capture our collective imagination and celebrate the […]
2 September 2021

10 of the best films about vacations

1. Before Sunrise (1995) It took nine months of searching before Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy were cast in this romantic drama co-written by director Richard […]
26 August 2021

10 holiday resorts where you’ll feel alone, very alone

1. Maya Hotel, Japan 1929’s Maya Hotel clings to the side of Mount Maya above Kobe. Once a jewel of pre World War II Japan’s love […]
19 August 2021
Uluru, Australia © Ondrej Machart on Unsplash

Sleeping with Dingos: A night in Australia’s Red Centre

Australia. My first solo long-haul trip for many years and an escape from a difficult time. I suppose I was looking for . . . direction, […]
11 August 2021

10 paintings to escape with this summer

We can’t all get away to see places we love or experience new sights this summer, but the art world can bring us a change of […]
29 July 2021

John Muir. Father of the National Parks

John Muir, known as the Father of the National Parks, lived all through Queen Victoria’s reign to the start of World War I. He emigrated aged […]
22 July 2021

Summer in the city? 10 of Europe’s best day trips

With so many of us unable to plan travel this summer, here’s a list of some of the best day trips from European cities to help […]
20 July 2021

Discover the Camargue: Europe’s largest river delta

Just upstream of the historic French town of Arles in the south of France, about 15 km as the crow flies from the Mediterranean, the river […]
8 July 2021

10 books to lose yourself in this summer

What makes a summer read special? Is it our state of mind, relaxed and ready to immerse in something other than work? Is it like eating? […]
29 June 2021

10 of the best travel books

1. London Orbital by Ian Sinclair I’ve recently begun the Promenade Verte, a 60km trail around the outskirts of Brussels, taking in lovingly-tended guerrilla allotments and […]
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