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As well as being a spiritual teacher, I’m a poet, writer and writing mentor based in Belfast.
I’m currently focussing on poetry, playwrighting and non fiction about spirituality, and I’ve previously written for TV, radio and short film.
I’ve published two collections with Lagan Press – The Return of the Buffalo (2013) and Midnight Solo (2004). I’m currently completing my third collection.
The Return of the Buffalo deals with grief and loss, and attempts to make sense of the seemingly meaningless, but this is always weighted with how suddenly, unexpectedly joyous life can be.
Midnight Solo is written from the perspective of a generation who grew up through the conflict in the north of Ireland and their struggle to envision a new normality in a post-conflict society.
As IWC Roaming Writer in Residence I created a 5 minute haiku audio journey, Crossing Points, which you can listen to here.
I received an ACES Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2011 and spent a year affiliated with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s, University, Belfast. I’ve received six Literature Awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, been shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award and been a finalist in the Scottish International Poetry Competition. My poetry has been widely published and anthologised.
I’ve given many poetry readings at events and festivals, such as at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, the first Muldoon’s Picnic outside New York at the John O’Connor Writing School, City of Culture, Donostia, in the Basque Country, The Belfast International Arts Festival, and the Belfast Book Festival.
My play The Lost Souls Party toured N. Ireland as part of Terra Nova’s Arrivals 2 production in spring 2015 and my play No Paths That Are Ending toured Northern Ireland as part of Terra Nova’s Arrivals production in spring 2014.
My first full length play was longlisted for both the Papatango New Writing Prize 2017 and the Old Vic 12 in 2016.
I’m currently writing a book inspired by my journey from heart attacks to hearing angels which guides the reader on their own journey to ditch trauma and stress, take back their sacred power, and live the life their soul is crying out for.
I was the Irish Writers Centre Roaming Writer in Residence 2019, travelling on the railways north and south and writing a 5 minute haiku audio journey inspired by my experiences, Crossing Points, which you can listen to here. You can read more about my adventures on the railways here.
I’ve also recently been Irish Writers Centre Community Writer in Residence at Womens Aid 2018 and Artist in Residence at The Belfast International Arts Festival 2017.
I’ve previously been Writer in Residence at the Belfast Book Festival 2011, and at An Creagan, Omagh and MacNeice House, Belfast.
I’m passionate about bringing poetry to people in unexpected ways in unexpected places.
I’m one of the originating artists on the Corners European project Bridging The Silence – an audio walk and installation shown on pedestrian bridges that tells the stories of survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, political violence and transgender issues. It mixes my poetic narration with real life testimonies, sounds and music. The project toured Europe and was shown in Croatia, Poland, Slovenia, the Basque Country, England and N. Ireland.
I co-commissioned the first Poetry Jukebox in Ireland alongside Maria McManus, and co-curated the first two presentations of this on-street sound installation of poetry, from Ireland and other places. You can listen to the Poetry Jukebox outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, and watch out for the touring jukebox at venues across Ireland.
My short film Two Little Boys was selected for The Belfast Film Festival 2013.
I’ve written for RTE’s Fair City and award winning Irish teen drama Seacht. I was also a storyline writer for Fair City.
I was a top ten finalist in the inaugural Red Planet Prize, won the Claddagh Films Script Award and was a winner in the BBC Writersroom Undercover competition for staff. I was one of 12 writers from across the UK selected for Channel 4’s inaugural Screenwriting Course.
My short comedy Keeping Mum was selected for BBCNI Comedy’s Funny Bones scheme and produced for Radio Ulster. I’ve also written sketches for The Ulster Way series.
I worked as a Script Editor for the BBC for 8 years, working in both Drama and Comedy. I’ve also been a Script Reader for NI Screen.
I hold an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast.
I’m a sought after writing mentor and an experienced creative writing workshop facilitator.
I’ve led poetry, story writing and script writing workshops for the University of Ulster, BBC, Poetry in Motion, Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools, Prison Arts Foundation, NIACRO, Terra Nova Theatre Company, ArtsEkta, Big Telly Theatre Company, Queen’s MA in Creative Writing, Artscare, Northern Ireland Screen and many other organisations.
I’ve also facilitated many creative writing workshops for writers’ groups, community groups and stigmatised and hard to reach groups. I love to make writing accessible for everyone. Contact me if you’re interested in having me work with your group and find out more about my facilitation experience here.