Hello reader, and welcome to my website.
I am a writer of songs, stories and music from Dublin, Ireland. The interests across the top of the page probably tell you a lot about my work and what I enjoy, so thank you for coming by to find out more.
I have been creating characters and stories and committing them to copybooks, journals and pieces of paper since I was a child. In 2018, after many years working towards it, I finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of writing full-time.
In October 2019, I stepped out of my writing room to read one of my short stories at Takin’ the Mic, an Irish Writers Centre event that took place as part of the Red Line Book Festival. You can both listen to and read that story, A Lesson in Grief, here.
In November 2019, my short story, Island Bound, was published in Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words. If that wasn’t exciting enough, I also made the December 2019 edition with my piece entitled Bottled Clouds. Both stories were written in one hour, and each was a specific response to a chosen artwork.
I have also added various opinion pieces and other little works of fiction to this site over the years, including some poems which were selected to feature in the Dublin Poetry Map as part of Poetry Day Ireland.
I continue to work on various projects which I look forward to seeing leaving my writing room, and making their way out into the world, in the near future. In the meantime, you can read all about My Writing Year here.
Music is one of my lifelong and strongest passions. I have performed solo for many years as a singer-songwriter, and have been both the lead singer and a backing vocalist with various bands, including two rockabilly outfits.
It has given me innumerable unforgettable moments in my life, including performing in the Bluebird Café, and on Music Row, in Nashville, Tennessee. My gigs in 2019 included supporting Brew of Blue Sun in The Workmans Club, Dublin, performing as the featured artist at the Staccato Literary Salon in Toners Pub, Baggot Street, and opening for Native Harrow in The Underground Venue.
Finally, as a seasoned attendee, I’m delighted to have been announced as part of the line-up for the brilliant Rockin Road Festival which takes place in Drumcondra, Dublin on 24 May 2020.
To find out more about these gigs, as well as other past and future performances, you can visit my events page.
I began January 2020 recording a selection of my own songs at Jam Studios, Kells, Co. Meath, and I can’t wait to see them winging their way out into the world.
You can read all about that experience, learn more about my songs, and hear some demos on my music and performance page.
In addition to playing and performing, I also write about music, and I was delighted that my piece about Record Store Day came to be picked as a feature item on Golden Plec.
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.
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.
Finally, thank you for taking the time to visit my site. Be it through my writing or music, I hope you find a little something that resonates with you.
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