I am a film maker (BAFTAs, Oscar Foreign-language entrant) turned full-time writer since 2017. A Writer’s Bursary from Literature Wales helped me complete my collection of 24 short stories set in Wales, Ireland and Italy. A City Burning will be published by Seren Books in 2020. You might like to read my story All Through The Night in Crannog . It was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2019. Other stories have been published and won awards and I was a finalist in the Rhys Davies Short Story Award.
A SIAP Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland 2017/18 helped to develop my novel Thorn which is about the politics of language (Irish and Ulster Scots) in contemporary Northern Ireland. I have written poetry and prose in Ulster Scots.
A second SIAP Award is supporting my prose and poetry exploration of Place and Displacement in Northern Ireland. Poems from this have appeared in The Honest Ulsterman and The Interpreter’s House.
Since 2018 my poetry has been published in The Honest Ulsterman, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Open Ear, Infinite Rust, The Ogham Stone, The Interpreter’s House, Heartland (Parthian Books) and the special issue of The North, 2019 devoted to contemporary Irish Poetry. A poem will feature in the CAP Arts anthology Vision: 2020, drawn from entries to the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing. One of my poems has been selected for the Northern Ireland section of Places of Poetry, due autumn 2020.
In September 2019 the poet, Glen Wilson began to mentor me towards a first collection.
I am also a journalist and reviewer. I have a project on Fiction in Wales and Northern Ireland at the University of South Wales.
I am an award-winning producer in documentary and cinema and a BAFTA Cymru nominee for screenwriting and production. Having begun my career in ITV Wales, I spent eight years as a producer at one of Britain’s rare production co-operatives, the phenomenal Teliesyn. I’ve enjoyed making more than 100 documentaries and factual programmes for BBC, ITV, S4C and Channel 4, including The Story of Wales. This landmark BBC history of the nation, presented by Huw Edwards won 2 BAFTA Cymru Awards.
I was producer and co-screenwriter of the feature film Branwen, an entry from Wales to the Foreign-language category of the Oscars and Best Film at the Celtic Media Awards. It earned 6 BAFTA Cymru nominations, including Best Film and Best Screenwriter. I was screenwriter on projects set in Italy, Romania and Ireland.
I was a lecturer in Documentary Practice at Cardiff University for five years. I have had a career-long interest in media politics, chairing the Media Policy Group of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. I am a trainer for CULT Cymru of professionals belonging to the Creative Unions: Equity, Prospect/BECTU, Writers’ Guild and Musicians’ Union.
I was shortlisted for the Jerusalem Award for Radio in 2012. I contribute regularly to BBC Radio Wales as a writer and interviewee. I presented a highly regarded documentary for BBC Wales to commemorate the centenary of World War 1, Of Mourning and Memory.