My motto is: ‘Let us write a script for the way we would like the world to be, then let’s produce it together.’. I’ve been writing in different forms since I picked up my first pencil: screenplays, books, radio plays, blogs, digital content, you name it. At times, I’ve pushed beyond the page to produce short films, radio plays, digital media and YouTube content.
I’m a lifelong learner, and along the way I’ve picked up a few qualifications, including a Post-Graduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin, an MA (Hons) in Scriptwriting from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dun Laoghaire, and a Diploma in Online Marketing and Digital Strategy from Griffith College Dublin.
Although we writers can be solitary animals, we do like to get together at times, so I’m a professional member of the Society of Authors, the Writers’ Guild of Ireland and of course Writing.ie. My traditionally-published historical biography, ‘Petticoat Rebellion – The Anna Parnell Story‘, was released in 2009 by The Mercier Press. It was featured as Irish Times Book of the Day that year, and was selected from over 300 submissions for ‘Great Irish Book Week‘. It’s still available to buy as a Print on Demand from The Mercier Press, and as an e-book on Amazon.
My quirky, short film ‘Rapunzel – The Blonde Years‘, produced through Screen Ireland’s ‘Virtual Cinema’ scheme, has had over 730,000 hits on YouTube, and has been used as an education resource in schools for discussing gender and development.
I have also been lucky enough to have been funded by both Screen Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland. My most exciting arts adventure was a training placement with the No Strings Puppets production team. I worked alongside the puppeteers and production crew in the Henson Carriage in New York, during the filming of the No Strings Kibing gender equality project.
I have an extensive collection of blank notebooks and half-used pens with missing tops, ready for my next project.