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.

1 July 2022

Leading a ‘new wave’ for Bruges’ art scene with Otobong Nkanga

Renowned artist Otobong Nkanga has come to Bruges this summer, creating an ‘exhibition landscape’ in the heart of the ancient city. Underneath the Shade We Lay […]
27 June 2022

Tall Ships and chubby beers – July’s big weekend in Antwerp

The Tall Ships Race returns to Antwerp this year for the 7th time, mooring at the Scheldt Quays from 22 to 25 July 2022. This completely free event is a chance to […]
23 June 2022

Does the phallus make the man? A must-visit 2022 exhibition in Ghent

Specially commended during European Museum of the Year Award 2022, Ghent University Museum (GUM) is a new science museum pleasantly situated at the heart of the […]
21 June 2022

10 Instagrammable spots in Helsinki

1. Lasipalatsi – the Glass Palace and Amos Rex Domes Concrete tiled domes rise out of the ground like space-age igloos at this plaza where art […]
21 June 2022

Why you should visit Mechelen this Summer

Situated between Brussels and Antwerp, Mechelen is arguably the hidden gem of Flanders. It’s a historic city, encircled by lakes and winding rivers and charming villages […]
20 June 2022

Santarém conquered 50,000 Brussels’ hearts at the Best of Portugal

This weekend I went to the Best of Portugal Festival in Brussels. Magnificently sited at the arcaded head of Cinquantenaire Park, the festival took place in […]
15 June 2022

Green refreshing spots in Leuven

Leuven is known for its stunning medieval squares, great shopping and for KU Leuven, its world-leading university (Big Bang Theory, anyone?), but it’s also blessed with […]
13 June 2022

10 Reasons to visit Helsinki this summer

Remember, Finland is for life, not just for Christmas. Helsinki’s summer season is just hotting up and there’s never been a better time to visit. Glorious […]
1 June 2022

Discover Mechelen’s Heavy Metal Route

There’s something magical about the chime of carillon bells and there’s no better place to experience their charm than Mechelen, the international capital of carillon culture. […]
18 May 2022

‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ street art festival is back in Ghent

Art lovers will already know that Ghent has a world-class arts scene and this year is no exception. Just an hour from Brussels, easily accessible by […]
17 May 2022

Holidays for horselovers? Get to know Portugal’s Lusitano horses

The Lusitano horse is for many a symbol of Portugal. Strong and noble-looking, they can be of any solid colour, from palomino to black, but most […]
20 April 2022

10 of the best wines from Portugal’s Ribatejo

Ribatejo is a central, coastless province, located in southern Portugal, named for the banks of the Tejo (Tagus) River, which courses through the region from northeast to […]
8 April 2022

Why Santarém is the ultimate destination for history lovers

An hour’s drive from Lisbon, Santarém grips a plateau above the Tagus river, the city’s fingers fanning out and reaching for the edge. It’s a place […]
22 March 2022

Around the Ribatejo table with chef Rodrigo Castelo

In the Portuguese city of Santarém, chef Rodrigo Castelo is often credited as the man behind the new gourmet scene that is erupting. And if there […]
3 March 2022

João Leite: “Santarém should be on any traveller’s bucket list”

João Leite is a councillor in Santarém, Portugal, with responsibility for urban revitalisation and tourism. I met him on a November morning at Quinta das Rolas, […]
1 March 2022

Why you’ll fall in love with this Portuguese Landscape Farm

Owner Jorge Cancela at Landscape Farm first saw the rolling hills and valleys north of Santarém when he arrived as a boy, a 12-year-old sent from Lisbon to […]
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