Writer

Literary Profile

My work has appeared on The RTE Christmas Poetry Programme, RTE Arena, the RTE Poetry Programme and the Irish Poetry Archives. 

I have been engaged throughout Germany and Ireland in the last years discussing the semantics of Brexit, its associated language,  polarisation and borders, as a Northern Irish (British/Irish) writer who grew up pre-Good Friday Agreement.

Journals that feature my work include Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry News (Poetry Society), Southword, Magma, The Moth, Acumen, The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine,The Ogham Stone, Poetry Salzburg Review among many others. 

I won the Magma Poetry Competition 2018, the Irish Writers Festival Shirley McClure Prize 2017, the Eyewear Fortnite Christmas Poetry Prize, the New Irish Writing in Germany Award 2018, The Listowel Writers Week Single Poem Prize 2020, The Hamish Canham Poetry Prize 2020 and the Poetry Society Members “Truth” and „Vision” competitions. In 2020 I was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Poem of the Year.

I have been placed and/or commended in the Strokestown International Poetry Prize, Interpreters House Poetry Prize, Bridport Prize, Plough Poetry Prize, Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Prize, Mairtin Crawford Award,  and the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. I was one of Eyewears Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. I have been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award.

My Pamphlet „Circling for Gods” was published by Eyewear Publishing, 2018. My debut collection “White Horses” was published by Turas Press, Dublin in 2018. I am currently working on my second full collection (working title Crossing the Anthropocene), as well as a collaborative collection, The Conversation, with Emily S Cooper, on the lives of Picasso’s muses.

My books have been positively reviewed in Poetry Ireland Review, Sphinx Reviews/Happenstance, Dublin Review of Books, Magma, the Bangor Literary Journal, and the Galway Advertiser.

When I’m not writing poetry, or raising three teenagers in Germany, I lecture English at the local University, teach English as a foreign language at the local community college and do business and medical translations from German to English. I originally studied Medical Sciences, to Masters level, and consequently worked for years in the pharmaceutical and medical technology sector. I gained my Masters level Diploma in Translation and Cambridge teaching qualifications after a career break to raise children. In this time, I also returned to my childhood love; poetry.

As a child, I recited poetry often at school and local festivals. As a teenager I was active in public speaking competitions. I come from a family where it was normal to always have a pen and a piece of paper nearby to gather thoughts and ideas. My favourite Christmas present as a child was a typewriter. I come from a long family tradition of poets and have vivid memories of my father critiquing (and improving) poems I wrote for my school magazine. I am fluent in German, a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and the European Medical Writers Association. I am also currently completing an MA in Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University in my spare time.

Past Readings:

Irish Literary Festival, Hamburg, March 2017 (with Michael Augustine, Matthew Sweeney, Terry McDonagh)

Eyewear Best New British and Irish Poets 2017, London. April 2017.

Belfast Book Festival, June 2017 (The Squat Pen with Matthew Rice, Joan Newmann)

London Review Bookshop, March 2018.

Magma Competition Reading, Keats House London, April 2018

Strokestown festival, Ireland May 2018.

Irish Writers Centre, Dublin November 2018.

The future of Europe. Miltenberg Bücherei. March 2019

Poets Abroad (An Irish Connection), Essex, June 2019

Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy, NI.. August 2019

Galway Over the Edge, Ireland. August 2019.

No Small Talk. Irish Writers Group. Dublin. November 2019 (with Bobby McDonagh, Evelyn Conlon and Carlo Gebler)

Staccato Literary Salon. Dublin. November 2019. (with Annemarie Ni Churreain, Anne Griffin, Anne Walsh Donnelly and David Butler)

UCD Irish Poetry Archives. November 2019.