Welcome… and an invitation to take part in Fighting Words

Welcome to my website.

Once in a while a truly-worthwhile opportunity comes along – an accessible idea that can make a positive difference in the world, and that’s well worth an investment of personal time and effort. Fighting Words feels like one of those opportunities.


Founded by Roddy Doyle (pictured here) and Seán Love in 2009, Fighting Words provides free tutoring in creative writing for students of all ages in Ireland. The FW Centre in Dublin, near Croke Park on Russell Street, is fully subscribed and bursting at the seams. Regional FW programmes are springing up in communities of all sizes and descriptions – Glencree in Wicklow, Castlebar in Mayo, and Clarenbridge in Galway, not to mention Belfast and Cork.

With a bit of effort and a pinch of luck, we’ll start a Fighting Words programme in the North West in the autumn of 2017.

If this sounds interesting, and you’d like to get involved:

  • Watch Seán Love’s inspirational 17-minute Ted Talk about Fighting Words.
  • Browse the Fighting Words website.
  • Read my blog posts for detail about local plans.
  • Consider volunteering as a tutor in the Fighting Words North West programme in 2017.


On the personal side, samples of my writing are posted here – some previously published, some unpublished. Please contact me at tomsigafoos@gmail.com if you would like to see the full texts or additional material. 

The tabs:

  • Blog: On Writing  – quotes mostly from writers, and mostly about the writing life.
  • Editor / Writing Coach – If you’re working to lift the quality of your fiction, memoir,or creative non-fiction, I may be able to help.
  • Novels – Summaries and excerpts from my two crime novellas (one shortlisted for the 2016 Penny Dreadful Novella Prizeand an historical novel. 
  • Stories and Memoir – previously published in literary journals.
  • Ireland – short pieces about Irish personalities and events. My novels Pool of Darkness and The Cursing Stone are also set in Ireland.
  • Radio – recordings of my broadcast pieces on RTE Lyric FM and interviews on Ocean FM.

Thank you for looking into my work,

Tom Sigafoos, Co Donegal, Ireland  — tomsigafoos@gmail.com