You don't choose to be a writer, it chooses you.

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In all honesty I really don’t feel that I chose to become a writer, I think it was more of a case of it choosing me. Something reached across the sky and touched me and that was it.

As a child I enjoyed writing and at the age of ten or eleven I started to write my own poetry. But coming from an impoverished working class background, brought up in a bad part of town, I was expected to get a job doing some sort of manual labour getting my hands dirty. …

I am so much more than meets the eye

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Well, all you guys on Illumination-Curated know me as Liam Ireland, writer and editor at Illumination. Just like the rest of you I write articles, short stories and poetry, which I submit to this wonderful writers platform.

I must admit that even as a professional writer in a previous life I struggled a bit when I started out on my Illumination journey. I was used to pen and paper, not a keyboard and digital interface.

As a result I got it all wrong. So I set about getting it all right. I just stuck at it every single day. Head…

A collection of my best short stories

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Since joining Illumination I have written quite a wide variety of articles, short stories and poems. However, like my life in general, it all became a bit of a clutter. So I have finally decided to try to impose some sort of order, starting with a collection of nine short stories.

My first attempt at the short story form on Illumination began with a series of three short pieces for children centred around a character called Katie. …

Editorial Perspectives

Illuminating What It Takes To Succeed As A Writer On Illumination

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As you read through this article, bear one thing in mind; myself and Tree Langdon, CPA, CGA, are fellow writers and co-editors of this article and we began our Illumination,Illumination-Curated,Technology Hits and Illumination Mirror journey just like you. Indeed, almost all who are involved in Illumination up to today, are relatively new to the project.

Nine months ago the Illumination publications didn't even exist!

They were created because of the visionary dreams and revolutionary determination of one man, Dr Mehmet Yildiz. Now they are positively flourishing and exponentially growing at an amazing rate every single day.

We now have over…

In the Autumn of my life

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It was a stunningly beautiful Autumn day, the azure blue sky acting like a blank canvas on which nature had decided to paint a masterpiece full of vibrant natural colours. A mosaic, leaf-confetti littered pathway led off to a vanishing point far off in the distance. On both sides, lines of skeleton trees, devoid of their summer foliage, stood like sentinels guarding the pathway to heaven. To each side mid-life evergreens acted as a natural bulwark to protect the open parkland behind.

An old man sat on a park bench just off to the right. He was dressed in a…


Know who and what you are

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If you could distil your entire life into one single defining moment as to who and what your are, what would it be?

Now that is a very big ask. I mean where do you even begin to start with a question like that ?

Could it be the day you left school, or the day you got your very first job ? What about the day you first met the love of your life, the day you got married, the birth of your first child ?The list is endless. How do you choose? …

It’s a question I get asked all the time.

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I personally don’t have a problem with being married to somebody who happens to be Japanese, though I do think other people do. As far as I am concerned love is love, period.

Over the years I have had my share of racial slurs to deal with. The first time I got to experience this was way back when I was married to a Spanish woman. I got constant ribbing from my work colleagues who reacted as if I was married to some sort of alien from another planet.

In the end that marriage didn’t work out and, after ten…

What you wear says it all

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I have never been what you may call a dedicated follower of fashion or fashion victim as they call it these days. However, I do like to go out looking reasonably smart and presentable even if it's in a casual way. And whilst I haven't got an extensive wardrobe, the rack is sufficiently full to change my clothes several times a day if I so desired. And in amongst all that splendid apparel is one item I have something of a soft spot for, and it is not that swamp at the bottom of the garden.

My favourite T shirt…


And a lingering kiss

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“Once more unto the breach

I was lost and alone, all love long since gone, I was all on my own. Nobody, no-one, not a single soul neither knew nor even cared to know I existed. And that was the way I liked it, or at least I told myself I did. The harsh truth of the matter was I had been badly burned by two previous failed marriages, as a result of which I gave up even trying. I reasoned to myself that at least on my own nobody could hurt me. …

True stories

The scary monsters are amongst the living

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As I sit here mulling over the past I am minded of the fact that no matter how far fetched might appear my pieces of fiction, the harsh reality of what I have passed in terms of experiences and people I have had to deal with in real life beggars belief.

One of my abiding memories is of the time back in 1995 when I was trying to get on in film and television. I managed to obtain a small grant of some 500 pounds sterling to pay for a two week course at some independant institute called Artts International…

Liam Ireland

Author, writer, Illumination Editor, Top Writer in short stories and poetry.

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