Game of Thrones Season 2 is out this week. I have to say, I’m enjoying it as much as the first season. It’s good to have a TV show that’s well written for a change. Apart from being a writer, and hence preferring to read books, one of the reasons I don’t own a TV is because of the poor quality of shows that are on. I wouldn’t want to pay an exorbitant licence to watch reality TV and ads.

Hopefully Game of Thrones will bring Northern Ireland some good press amidst the ongoing flag dispute. I was so happy to find out that the first season was filmed at the Giants Causeway in the North Antrim coast and in Tollymore forest and that my country was seeing an increase in tourism as a result. But since December last year, the flag situation has put good old Norn Irn back in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Oh well, what to do? As an ex-pat living in London, all I can do is watch and wait. In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes on the fictional battle, rather than the real-life one. The only question is, how did they manage to make Westeros look so warm in chilly Belfast?!

Titanic Museum in Belfast

Titanic Museum in Belfast

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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