I was born and bred in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Over the years, I've also called Manchester, Madrid, London, Bogotá and Oxford home.
My first novel, Dancing with Statues, was published in February 2013.
As one reviewer described it, "...with the Troubles in Northern Ireland providing a dramatic backdrop, Dancing with Statues provides a unique take on post-conflict Northern Ireland and what it takes to turn the page."
Like most Irish emigrants, my perspective in Dancing with Statues comes from two contradictory points of view – the distance that leaving affords, and the intimate knowledge, understanding, and love of one’s home country and culture that can never be lost, no matter how much time you spend away.
Dancing with Statues is available in stores in Ireland and on Amazon.com.
I’ve spent a lot of time this past year talking about guilt, about exile and return, and about mammies, and about the guilt mammies can instil in their offspring when said offspring return from self-imposed exile, which was usually to escape said mammy’s guilt trip in the first place. But I suppose it was to be…Continue
My husband is convinced that there is a website called “wiki-paddy-a,” which I use to prove that my beloved homeland, Ireland, has given the world many great things. Like Halloween, for example, or the discovery of America.
When someone says to me that the Irish are natural storytellers, I’m usually really pleased. I’m an Irish writer, and isn’t it the ultimate aim of all writers to tell a cracking story? The writing life is full of rejection and self-doubt. You draw hope and confidence from…Continue
I absolutely loved this short film by Wild Geese member and fellow County Tyrone author, Colin Broderick.
It's called "Smile," and it's a visual poem set in New York. Lyrical and melancholic, like so much Irish poetry, it is, in the end an uplifting story of transformation and renewal.