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, and I have performed readings on several occasions with the Irish Writers Centre. In October 2021, I was shortlisted for the inaugural Visual Verse Writing Prize.
With music being one of my lifelong and strongest passions, I was overjoyed to release my first single, Don’t Forget, on the 28th of May 2021. Recent gigs have included a performance at the Dublin Quays Festival in August 2021, and support for the brilliant StereoType at The Grand Social in September 2021.
Described by its producer Martin Quinn, JAM Studios, as “an ambient new-folk and indie track of sorts,” my first single Don’t Forget made RTÉ 2XM’s playlist rotation, has featured multiple times on the Radio Nova Guestlist with Kieran McGuinness, and enjoyed airplay around Ireland via a number of local stations. The song has been listened to across the globe, and was featured and reviewed by Broadsheet.ie, Indie Buddie and Finbar Hoban Presents as well as being included in Golden Plec’s Irish Songs You Need to Hear This Week.
All the links you need to hear and/or purchase the track are here.
And here’s the music video for the song which I created in its entirety.
My love of music has translated into songwriting and performance in various guises across the years, but 2019 saw my solo act really gather momentum with new songs forthcoming, and opening slots for Brew in The Workman’s Club, and folk rock two-piece Native Harrow in The Underground Venue. My last live performance of 2020 took place on the Whelan’s main stage in January as the sole support to HAIL THE GHOST. You can see videos of my performances on that night here.
After an 18-month hiatus on foot of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was so excited to return to the stage again as part of the fabulous Dublin Quays Festival. The Festival featured an exciting mix of emerging talent and established names performing live over the month of August in four great venues along the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey. My solo set from SIN É can be seen here on the Festival’s YouTube Channel.
Both events were made possible by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Live Performance Support Scheme.
To find out more about my past performances, and to keep up to date with future gigs, visit my events page.
While live performances were still an impossibility, I played a number of covers of my favourite songs from home across 2020 and 2021. You can visit my YouTube channel to hear me sing songs by David Bowie, Elliott Smith, Slade, Amy Winehouse, Supergrass, Suede, Dexys Midnight Runners, Manic Street Preachers and more. The latest video in the series is below.
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 attended and read my work at the Irish Writers Centre.
In October 2021, I was shortlisted for the inaugural Visual Verse Writing prize with a piece written and submitted in one hour in response to an evocative image by Nickhil Jain. You can read The Art of Looking, and see the image which inspired it, here.
In March 2021 I published a story and film project derived from my last in-person performance at the Irish Writers Centre in February 2020. You can watch, read and listen to The Lost Words here.
There Are No Fixed Stars comprised forty photographs and pieces of writing devised daily in response to COVID-19 restrictions invoked in Ireland between 22 October and 30 November 2020. You can watch me read a selection of pieces from the collection at the first online Irish Writers Centre’s Takin the Mic in April 2021.
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. You can listen to 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.
You may be surprised to find a large number of Coronation Street related interviews, opinion pieces and reviews on this site, so I thought I’d give a little background to those.
I started populating this website when I entered the second year of my 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. As above, you’ll find this site filled with reviews, experiences, interviews, and opinions regarding the programme, so if you’re a fan, I hope you enjoy them.
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