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October 2021 is going to be an exciting month!

First up, I’m off to Warsaw on Sept 27th-30th to Kid’s Kino to pitch Dad’s Red Dress, the TV series based on my first book, with producer Niamh Fagan of Lunar Pictures. We have been awarded development funding from Creative Europe and Ireland’s WrapFund and now we’re pitching for co-producers, funders, broadcasters to come on board.

It’s a¬† series of 10 x 30 minute episodes, for a young audience – though I’d hope the whole family will enjoy it – and it’s fantastic to get an opportunity to bring it in front of an international audience.

All three booksThen, on March 4th, the third of my Wulfie series comes out with Little Island Books. Wulfie Saves The Planet.

_Wulfie, BEAST IN SHOW, JKT Front

Wulfie: Beast in Show, the second book in the Wulfie series was out last on March 4th and the fourth is at copyedit stage for publication in March 2022. W1 front cover

The first two books were also bought by a Swedish publisher and the first one is out there on March 9th! How cool is that! For an idea that began as bed time stories for my daughter back in 2004… (Never give up, writers!)

And yes, it is truly magical to be able to develop the characters and the world in each book – and to get the sort of feedback from readers and reviewers has been so heartwarming. I have boxes of material so this series could run and run, and I’m visualising the tv series – maybe animation, maybe hybrid… but I think I’m getting a bit ahead of myself!

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As a writer, I work across genre and medium, telling stories in the medium that is best for them and doodling in between. I know my website looks busy; the truth is I work best when juggling different projects –although for each there comes a time when everything else gets put aside and all your focus goes on one. But I’ve always said to students that it helps to have more than one idea or form of writing you like – when you get a bit stuck on one, you move to another and it frees your mind. Best way I know out of writer’s block!

Last year was all walking and writing for Lockdown one, hobbling and writing for the next section, and from September, it was writing while keeping one leg elevated after a serious ankle op. That was tough. Not being able to go outside or out of my room or – for eight weeks, barely out of my bed – meant the writing got a bit fragmented. I found I brainstormed well but couldn’t decide on anything so the projects I was working on just expanded like quantum feasts. But thanks to lockdown, I delivered my first classroom (and first zoom) workshop for Wulfie with Dublin Book Fair and my first panel with Wonderfest. I even did my first guest hosting¬† social media for Wonderfest 2020.

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