Portfolio

Writing

I became a full-time writer in 2017, following a long career as a film maker (BAFTA Cymru Awards, Oscar Foreign-language entrant et al) in documentary and drama. A Writer’s Bursary from Literature Wales helped me complete my collection of 26 short stories set in Wales, Northern Ireland and Italy:  A City Burning was published by Seren Books on 28th October 2020. You might like to read my story All Through The Night in Crannog . It was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2019.

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 2019 – 20 supported my prose and poetry exploration of Place and Displacement in Northern Ireland. Poems from this have appeared in The Honest Ulsterman, The Bangor Literary Journal, CAP Arts Anthology and The Interpreter’s House.

A third SIAP Award 2020 – 21 supports my collection of poetry on the theme of Sanctuary.

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, Black Bough Poems, New City, Heartland  and the special issue of The North, 2019 devoted to  contemporary Irish Poetry. A poem featured 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, ; another for The Stony Thursday Book 2020; two more in The Lonely Crowd this winter along with my interview with poet, Will Johnson, plus two poems in Vol 2 Deeptime from Black Bough Poems and I have contributed to the composite poem Litany For Ireland: Time To Write Around The Coast Of Ireland for Poetry Day Ireland. I won 2nd prize in the Grey Hens Press Poetry Competition and joint 3rd in the Heather Newcombe Poetry Award. Please see the Poetry section of this website for further info.

In September 2019 the poet, Glen Wilson began to mentor me towards a first collection and this was completed in October 2020.

I am also a journalist and reviewer. I have a project on Fiction in Wales and Northern Ireland at the  University of South Wales.

Television

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.It is currently on the BBC iPlayer here.

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.

Radio

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.

 

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