I am a native of Waterford, Ireland and a journalist and editor since 1992. I am also an alumna of the UEA’s MA in Creative Writing. Since graduating in 2009, my short stories and drama have won the Molly Keane Memorial Award, the HISSAC Prize, the Sussex Playwrights’ Prize, the Meridian Prize, the Waterford-Annaghmakerrig Award and the Ted O’Regan Arts Award. I have also been short-listed for numerous other prizes including the Fish Short Story Competition and the BBC International Playwriting Award. I produced my own Broadcasting Authority of Ireland funded radio drama 'Cow', which was directed by Aosdana member Jim Nolan and broadcast on KCLR 96fm, April , 2013. My stageplay, 'Shellakybooky' was one of five plays selected for performance for the Contemporary European Drama Review at UEA, Norwich, April 13th, 2013. I playedn'Mar' in this production. To date, my prose has been anthologized /published in seven respected literary publications across the UK, Ireland, Hungary and Australia. I was artist-in-residence on Inis Oirr throughout January 2013 and am a 2013 Escalator Literature Artist. I currently teach creative writing to offenders, tutor online and run a creative writing consultation service. Additionally, I am an Associate member of the U.K.'s Institute for Learning, the further education professional body and am a qualified TEFL teacher. I am currently working on a novel and a screenplay.