Another Great Year!
In 2018 I went back to the All-Ireland Slam final after winning the Aspects Festival Slam, the Ards/North Down heat and placing in the All Ulster final. Being a National Slam finalist, I then had the opportunity in June 2019, to compete in Hammer and Tongue’s National Slam final in London. Performing in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall.
I received my second SIAP award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The project was to research and write a new collection of work entitled ‘For the Love of Mary’. Continuing my artistic practice, gathering of the stories of women. With a focus on Marian iconography and grotto shrine culture and reflection on the position of women in Ireland. As a showcase, my first solo exhibition documenting the process, debuted in October 2019 at Eden Arts Centre, Derry. A full-length one-woman show has been written and I plan to perform this in 2022.
I was also appointed as the first Community Writer in Residence with The Rainbow Project, Derry through the Irish Writer’s Centre, Dublin, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. During this project I facilitated group work to create a zine for publication and a podcast to archive and showcase the resident creative writing group’s work. The first zine was launched during LGBT Awareness Week. And in 2019, also during LGBT Awareness Week, the Writing Rainbows’ second zine was launched as an annual project.