- Novelist, Teen Fiction Writer
- Reading and Q&A, Discussion with Writer, Creative Writing Workshop
- Age Group
- 11-15, 16 - 18
- Primary, Post Primary
- Works in English ONLY
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience
2014 sees the publication of my 19th and 20th written works which include:
Young adult fiction (Large Mammals, Stick Insects and Other Social Misfits, Little Island, 2012 and the sequel Infectious Monogamy, Boy detox and Other Exam Meltdowns, to be published May 2014)
Graphic novels: Amelia Earhart (suitable for ages 6 up) (reprinted Uproar, 2012)
Local history non-fiction: Agnes Jones: Ireland's Nursing Pioneer (Guildhall Press 2006 and included in the NI CCEA curriculum)
Ghost Writing: A Mother's Nightmare, (Blackstaff 2008 and Justice for John, AprilSky, 2010.
Novels, short novels, short stories, anthologies and community based writing projects
Founder and director of four theatre companies- Handful, The Mystery Players, PostScript and Shindig with 12 plays professionally produced.
Four screenplay credits including Agnes (2004) and Jam (2007), both optioned and screened by UTV.
Facilitation on many projects including 'We Were Brothers' (UK Big Lottery overall Award winner, Heritage, 2011) and every Bottle Has a Story to Tell (Epic overall UK and Ireland award winner, 2014)
7 Arts Council Individual awards, Tyrone Guthrie award for stage and screenplay writing (2007), two Meyer Whitworth nominations and two IPSG (Zebbie) nominations.
20 years' journalism with the BBC, in news and current affairs, both front of and behind the camera and microphone
View Sample of Work
I offer flexible sessions to fit in with the school timetable, and these can range from 30 minutes to 2 and a half hours; if a shorter session suits the schools best, I would expect to do at least 3 on the same day. They are designed to fit in with the school's specific requirements and may be based on readings from young adult fiction, Q and A, student interaction and encouragement of young writers. For these sessions I prefer groups of up to 30 (class size.) I also offer 1-2 hour diary workshop- this includes students writing and discussing their own diary profiles (teachers’ notes available from Little Island website) and masterclasses of up to 2.5 hours where pupils bring their own work in progress for development and discussion. Experience includes one to one and group mentoring of young creative writers with work in progress (half or full day) and create a play in a day sessions (full day)ideally for groups of around 12 students. As a BBC trained journalist with 20 years' experience, much of it in reporting the NI conflict for local, national and international news, I offer workshops in student journalism.
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