Hello and welcome to my website.
I am a writer of songs, stories and music from Dublin, Ireland.
My work has been published in The Ogham Stone 2020, Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words, Film Ireland, Golden Plec and The Coronation Street Blog.
I have been creating characters, stories and memoir and committing them to copybooks, journals and scraps of paper since I was a child. I hold a BA (Hons) in Film, Literature and Drama, an MA in Film and Television Studies, and have both studied and read my work at the Irish Writers Centre.
I am currently working on a project I have devised called There Are No Fixed Stars, my creative response to living with COVID-19 restrictions. On 22 October 2020, Ireland’s highest level of protective measures was invoked nationwide for a period of six weeks. Starting on that date, and continuing for the duration, I plan to capture a new image each day, and write a piece inspired by it. The only restrictions are that I take the photograph and write the text within this timeframe.
In a time when variety, stimulation and spontaneity are inhibited, my hope is that anyone who chooses to view or read these pieces might feel that they can travel while standing still, and that they might find something new in the today with the promise of more tomorrow.
In October 2020, my short story, The Gardener, was published in Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words. This was my third time to feature, with Island Bound published in November 2019, and Bottled Clouds making the December 2019 edition. You can hear me reading Island Bound on my YouTube channel.
In August 2020, my short story, To Let, was published in the 2020 edition of The Ogham Stone, the University of Limerick’s literary and arts journal.
In February 2020, I read at the Irish Writers Centre’s Takin’ the Mic. Hear me read A Lesson in Grief, the story I performed at the October 2019 edition as part of the Red Line Book Festival.
You can also read all about My Writing Year in 2019.
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.
My solo performances really came to the fore in 2019 when I played in several Dublin venues across the year and new songs were forthcoming.
You can see videos of my performances on that night here.
My gigs across 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.
Given the current climate, I have spent the last number of months performing covers of my favourite songs from home, and will continue to do so as long as live music isn’t possible. Visit my YouTube channel To hear me sing songs by David Bowie, Elliott Smith, Amy Winehouse, Supergrass, Suede, Manic Street Preachers and more. The latest video in this series is below.
Future gigs, when the time comes, will appear on 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.
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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