I began writing creatively back in the mid 1990’s when I moved to Ballycastle and inadvertently joined Ballycastle Creative Writers. I say inadvertently because I had gone to a Workers’ Educational Association taster night in the town’s recreation centre with the intention of signing up for a local history class. Not enough people turned up to justify running the local history course so, after exploring the other options on offer, I finally settled on the Creative Writing class led by Joan and Kate Newman.
Joan and Kate turned out to be wonderfully inspiring teachers and mentors and very supportive to me in all my subsequent writing endeavours.
I am an award winning writer of short stories, poetry and screenplays. I worked for many years in the film and television industry and hold an MA in Documentary Practice. I have written two children’s dramas – “Coolaboola” and “You Looking at Me?” – broadcast on Channel 4 and I have written five feature-length films on commission.
Film Awards include: EU New Talent Award for screen adaptation of the novel ‘Black Harvest’ by Ann Pilling. Original screenplays have been shortlisted for the Orange Pathe Prize and the Miramax Award.
I have also tutored Creative Writing and UK Film Council accredited Screenwriting Courses for the WEA, QUB, and various writing groups, festivals and District Councils before devoting myself full-time to my own writing.
Further Writing Awards/Publications Record: I have won the Allingham Short Story Award and have had stories published, most recently, in Crannóg, The Honest Ulsterman, Ireland’s Own and Boyne Berries. My poetry was shortlisted for the 2017 Allingham Award and also placed in several recent competitions including the Bangor Poetry Competition and published in the 2018 Poetry in Motion anthology.
I am currently writing a novel and working towards a collection of poetry.