I live in Belfast and have been writing for five years. Previously I was a textile designer, design advisor, part-time university and sixth-form college tutor in art & design, textiles and marketing.
I gave up paid employment almost 10 years ago – someone had to raise the kids, as my husband was travelling a lot with work. We built a house in Belfast, next to a wood. I joined a choir, I took an active role in the PTA, I visited old people and practically home schooled my son. I thought projects like these would be enough but I lost myself in them.
Writing has been my way back to being creative again. I’ve attended creative writing classes in Belfast and signed up for interesting projects around the themes of place and identity. In the past two years I’ve been on two Dark Angels residential courses – both of them, truly amazing experiences.
My poetry has been published in local anthologies, including CAP, Shalom, Queens University, University of Manchester, The Incubator magazine and in 2015, I was runner up in the Poetry Ireland/Trocaire competition and subsequently invited to read my poem at an international conference on climate change in Maynooth College, Co Kildare. I’m also delighted to have contributed to 26 Lies and 26 Steps projects.
In 2015/2016 I was a project partner on the Death Box project, www.deathboxblog.net. Together with my friend and fellow writer, Lucy Beevor, we conceived and curated an exhibition of poetry and prose, with contributions from local writers in Belfast in September 2016.