I have taken on new challenges by working on projects for film and radio that have enhanced my writing skills.
A script for a one minute film. Director Ryan Sykes & Produced by Mathilde DBDF.
Eddie has a deadline, every second counts, and bagpipe music can be very aggravating.
A 10 minute short Romantic Comedy with a twist. Directed By Chris Fletcher and Produced by Sunrise Ishimwe. Poster designed by Asia Gamzatova.
The seed for this story was planted during a hostage taking incident in Derry in the 1970s. I worked on this project with Chris and Sunrise over several months.
Jenny a Francophile ambitious young professional takes charge during a robbery with unexpected results.
A Comedy Drama
"You Only Live Once"
Maureen enjoys the simple pleasures in life especially a coffee and a gossip with Patsie at his Garage, Shop and Cafe on the bypass. Her life is turned upside down by the return of her old school pal Vonnie. When a major storm hits, the two rivals are trapped and confront the events of the past with life-changing results.
Recorded live in The Projects Arts Theatre on Saturday, Nov 23rd 2019, the shows were co-produced and edited by Eoin Sweeney; production manager was Pamela Lee; audio supervision by Tom Norton and Peter Carney and the series producer was Billy McGrath for Sideline Productions. Comedy Showhouse was funded by The Broadcast Authority of Ireland.
Maureen: Rose Seymour
Vonnie: Sharon Mannion
Patsie: Paul Tylak
You Only Live Once
YOLO has memorable characters, a well-paced plot and a compelling storyline. Broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on 29.12.20.
Also available on RTE Radio 1 Extra :
WRITER & RESEARCHER
I have had a successful career within education taking on different roles as a teacher, lecturer, psychologist, project manager and educational administrator.
I taught a range of courses in film and television to secondary pupils. I have developed and delivered writing workshops and storytelling circles and produced professional and research reports.
Sample Conference Presentations
Storytelling in schools. Arts In Education Conference, Derby, UK (2013).
Bricolage: An Approach to Life Writing. International Creative Writing Conference, Bangor, UK (2007)
Writing Well: Using writing techniques for improved mental health and wellness. Canadian Mental Health Association, National Conference (2000).
Strangers in a Strange Land, How immigrant children adapt to life in Canada. Canadian Council for Exceptional Children, National Institute, Newfoundland (1999)
There was Music There In the Derry Air, A Derry Song Book, Guildhall Press, Derry (1989).
Reviewer for Facts and Fiction a storytelling journal.