Hello reader, and welcome to my website.
The rather long list of interests emblazoned across the top of the page probably tells you a lot about what I enjoy, so I’m glad you wanted to find out more about me.
Why have I listed so many? Because I love them all, each deserves their place, and by putting them there, I’m sure to spend time with them, creating and writing them, or about them. What makes me happiest, however, is when someone takes the time to read what I write, or spend time with something I’ve created, like a photograph, so thank you for being here.
I started populating this website in October 2013, when I entered the second year of an MA in Film and Television Studies with Dublin City University. It was three years after I’d completed my BA (Hons) in Film, Literature and Drama at Dublin Business School, and I thought it would be a good way to get writing about the subjects I was passionate about. I started with Coronation Street, and by the end of the month was writing for the wonderful Coronation Street Blog with which I have had some invaluable and unforgettable experiences. While there are too many to mention individually here, they have included interviewing the cast and producers, attending exclusive previews, treading both the old and new sets, representing the blog at the UK Blog Awards in London, presenting my research on the show at Regent’s University, London, being interviewed on BBC radio about the programme, and having my work published in Coronation Street Blog: The Book. In fact, a particularly magical moment was finding my writing on the shelves in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery in Manchester. It was also very fitting that this was on a trip to visit an exhibition dedicated to Corrie’s creator, Tony Warren. You’ll find this site filled with reviews, experiences, interviews, and opinions regarding the programme, so if you love it as much as I do, I hope you enjoy exploring them.
I also found experience – and pleasure, because that’s what it’s all about – writing for Film Ireland, and it was a thrill to find my review of the documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets feature on the film’s dedicated site.
I also came to add various opinion pieces and little works of fiction to this site over the years, including poems which were selected to feature in the Dublin Poetry Map as part of Poetry Day Ireland.
Music is one of my lifelong and strongest passions. Going from playing and performing to writing about it would always be a pleasure, and I was delighted that a piece I wrote about Record Store Day came to be picked as a feature item on Golden Plec.
In 2016, I was shortlisted for the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. It remains the only year I’ve entered. While I was proud of this achievement, I felt the need to step back and think about what my site was about, and why I set it up in the first place. The answer is, to simply write about things I love, and that includes the actual act of writing itself, as for me, it is one of the greatest joys in this life. If what I do is enjoyed by others, then that is reward indeed.
And so, this brings us nicely up to the here and now where I am currently embarking on new adventures in writing, art, photography, reading and theatre, and I hope you will follow me on this expedition into the known, but unknown, as I post various postcards from my virtual, and not so virtual, travels.
Thank you for reading.