Uncovering Talent in Your Local Community | Q&A with Colum Sanson-Regan

What Is the Value of Community Writing and Arts Projects? Colum has spent considerable time working on community writing and arts projects, helping give a voice to the elderly and vulnerable who are so often ignored by society. These are projects Sanson-Regan believes in completely, which is why he argues that ‘they should be mandatory’ […]

‘Vivid and powerful’ | The Tall Owl, by Colum Sanson-Regan

Brilliant collection of stories to enjoy and read more than once. The stories work so well read together in one go, or individually as stand-alone short stories in their own right, which is a powerful combination. It’s easy to read this book quickly in one sitting, but you find yourself drawn back to re-reading your […]

Lockdown Before Lockdown Was a Word We Knew | Q&A with Colum Sanson-Regan

What Is Your Writing Process? Colum’s writing process has undergone big changes since he first began as an author. What started out as late-night writing sessions after gigs with The Fly Guy soon morphed into days-long dedicated writing getaways once The Tall Owl and Other Stories was on the cards. You might say he placed […]

Painters, Musicians and Authors: My Inspiration | Q&A with Colum Sanson-Regan

Who Has Influenced Your Work? Colum’s influences include many authors, such as Raymond Carver and H. G. Wells. But his inspiration is not limited to writers, and extends to painters like Francisco Goya and songwriters like Paul Simon, who likewise have the ability to move people with their masterpieces. Artists of all stripes have spurred […]

The Tall Owl – the Launch Reboot | Colum Sanson-Regan

What Are the Plans for a Future Event for The Tall Owl? Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Colum plans to release a new edition of The Tall Owl and Other Stories which includes all the artwork. As you’ve seen, the styles range from photography to canvas and conceptual art. With some powerful stories thrown into […]

‘Welcome to Hotel Argo’ | The Tall Owl, Colum Sanson-Regan

‘Hotel Argo’ is the last story in The Tall Owl collection. Colum wanted to play around with the trope of teenage kids going somewhere abandoned, and finding terrible things start to happen. When he started writing this, Colum had just come back from Corfu, where he saw lots of abandoned hotels, hence the idea for […]

‘We do need the final shot’ | Cut, The Tall Owl, Colum Sanson-Regan

‘Cut’ is another piece Colum chose to feature from The Tall Owl and Other Stories. It’s one of the shortest pieces in the book, and takes the unique form of a working diary from a film set. This means the work contains technical information about the type of shot required and planning details. Look at […]

Lockdown 1.0 Launch was a ‘Tall’ Order | Colum Sanson-Regan

So, What Actually Happened with The Tall Owl? Even with the coronavirus restrictions which hampered the initial planned release and format for The Tall Owl and Other Stories, Colum hosted a virtual launch party from the comfort of his own home. This meant a few readings from the book, of course, but equally music performances […]