26 Mar 2009, 3:03pm

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Way back in 2012, I completed my Creative Writing MA at the Seamus Heaney Centre, QUB, and that year saw the broadcast of my first feature-length project as writer – The Year Of Greater Love – produced by Mammoth Screen for the BBC.

In the last 12 months…

I’ve returned for the 2nd series the children’s animation Yo-Yo, commissioned by RAI (Italy) – a coproduction with Telegael (Ireland) and Calon (Wales).

Two features are in development – She & I, produced by Brendan Byrne at Fine Point Films – an Irish adoption story – and Born Again, with Katy Jackson at Wee Buns Films – a tale of Buddhist reincarnation, in Tyrone! Grimes & McKee have recently joined me as co-writers on the latter. Looking forward immenesely to that partnership…

Two landscape-format, illustrated picture books for younger readers, VIVIENNE AND THE GIANT’S BOOT and JOSEPH AND THE ROPE BRIDGE, continue very popular with visitors to the National Trust at the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-rede.

And, when time allows, I still write a bit of poetry, and am occasionally published in such as The Stinging Fly (Dublin), West 47 (Galway), Enigma (London), Open Ear (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 over a century since that iconic first image of Frances with the ‘fairy’, and despite its eventual debunking, the conversation continues undimmed!