Coming of age, page by page: What 40 years of diaries tell me about writing, Irish Times Article

Though I’ve only come recently to writing in public, I’ve been keeping a diary for 40 years. Why do that, and what has it shown me about writing, and myself? I try to answer that in this public diary entry, kindly published by The Irish Times.  Warning: contains references to Simple Minds, Doctor Who and the never-before-published list of what I ate in McDonald’s in 1986.