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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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