26 Mar 2009, 3:03pm


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After too many years in TV and film producing it was time to get back to the stuff that had motivated me in the first place – good stories.

Following the completion of my Creative Writing MA at the Seamus Heaney Centre, QUB, and the broadcast that year of my first feature-length project, A Year Of Greater Love – produced by Mammoth Screen for the BBC – I have continued to write and develop for the screen.

Broadcast work includes, this year, scripts for the children’s animation Yo-Yo, commissioned by the Italian national broadcaster RAI.

Two landscape-format, illustrated picture books for younger readers, VIVIENNE AND THE GIANT’S BOOT and JOSEPH AND THE ROPE BRIDGE, have also been published and are available through the National Trust outlets at the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-rede.

When time allows, and as per my early MA projects, I’ve been engaged in poetry too, and public readings in Belfast and Dublin, along with publication in – among others – The Stinging Fly (Dublin), West 47 (Galway), Enigma (London), Ulla’s Nib (Belfast), Southbank Poetry (London) and an award from the Elements Festival in NI.

Other past projects have included Reflections On The Cottingly Fairies, the memoir of Frances Griffiths, which I co-edited with Frances’ daughter, Christine Lynch. It’s 100 years this year since that iconic first image of Frances with the ‘fairy’, and despite its eventual debunking, the conversation continues undimmed!