My current research is on the topic of digital technologies as a catalyst for creative teaching and learning (see my doctoral research)
My background is in the creative industries, having worked for several years as a story editor and writer for children’s animation and live action scripts, on over a hundred hours of broadcast television (CBBC, Super RTL, Disney France, ABC Australia, France 3, M6, RTE and more; see imdb profile). I have also worked and consulted widely on training for the audio visual industries, designing UCLA certified courses for Screen Training Ireland in screenwriting, documentary production, and other aspects of film and television production.
I was founder and CEO of a game based learning company Footbridge Interactive, for children with reading difficulties from 2009 to 2012 (see Reading Bridges)
From 2013 to Jan 2017, I worked at the Insititute of Art, Design and Technology, managing a number of research and education projects including the FÍS (film in schools) programme and the School in a Box programme, in research collaborations with UNESCO, Aga Khan Foundation, Clinton Health Access Initiative, UCD Medical School, NUI Galway, Karuna Shechen Nepal, ERASMUS+ and others (see media).
My research in creativity goes hand in hand with my practice in creativity and I continue to write creatively every day (or most days!). I love to write for children, the most honest and toughest audience there is.