Networking at Christmas Craft Fairs

I have been busy, promoting Watching the Daisies at Donegal Christmas Craft Fairs.

A HUGE part of these events is networking with other people.

Sean Hillen

Last Friday I met fellow author Sean Hillen, who has been “a war correspondent, medical reporter, travel writer, editor and publisher…”

We had a lovely chat, and exchanged books.


Sean has just published a thriller called “Pretty Ugly.”

It has the following description on the cover:

“What physical horrors can rogue nanoparticles, a thousandth time smaller than a human cell, create when they flood through your body contained within a simple cosmetic concealer? Facing the terrible truth, an unlikely trio – Colm, an investigative journalist, Dr. Gray, a skin specialist and Patricia, a celebrity model – embark on a dangerous mission. If they move fast enough, they can save lives. If they don’t…”

Ireland Writing Retreat

Sean and his wife Columbia provide writing retreats at

The excitement of the evening continued…

A Prizewinning Raffle

I had bought a few raffle tickets, and was second up to choose a prize. I fell in love with a beautiful framed artwork called “Cozy Winter Bauble” from local artist Kim Sharkey. 20171205_095649.jpg

Kim gained an Honour’s degree in Decorative Arts, on first leaving school, which cemented her life long passion for the handmade. She specialised in ceramics.

She went on to train in studio pottery skills, and more recently in a new educational setting, where she combined the hand crafted with hand drawn elements, and digital layering during an animation degree.

In her last weeks of that degree, she was chosen to present her final animation to HRH Prince Charles on his visit to Donegal. Kim received the Derek Hill award for creativity.

My beautiful prize now brightens my living room wall, and I shall be reading Sean’s book very shortly.

Please Share your Top Tips on Networking

Have you networked in your local community? If so, please share your top tips.

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.



  1. What a beautiful post, filled with such a huge amount of happy. I can feel the happiness through your words, Daisies.

    Many congratulations on winning the artwork. It’s just beautiful. Well done.

    The mini write up of ‘Pretty Ugly’, intrigued me.
    Great job on the networking, and on the day itself.
    Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  2. Brigid, what a wonderful evening and it looks like a great event with lots of fun and networking. How lovely for you to win Kim’s artwork and now have it at home. I can sense the creative vibe from you all! 😃❤️

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  3. Really lovely Christmassy feel to this post Brigid and the artwork you won is quite beautiful. She has some brilliant stuff on her site. Here work is utterly charming. Mind you I have always had a soft spot for hares! And great photo of you with Sean

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  4. Wow Kim must have been so excited to present to Prince Charles…what an honor! Love her artwork and I bet it looks beautiful on your wall, giving you a smile every day!! What fun being able to network and meet with other authors. How’s the book? xo

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  5. What a great prize. The last raffle prize I won that wasn’t a plant was a six-pack of tights. I gave them to my sister who told me they’d been made to fit an elephant. I never asked if she found an elephant to give them to! In my book, you’ve just moved to Edinburgh and haven’t discovered slow yet!


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