• Sing When You’re Winning

    October 25, 2020 by

    In these strange times, it’s hard to feel motivated. Plans get scuppered, so we can be forgiven for thinking that there’s no point in trying. I have battled that demon most days over the past months and, when I woke today wanting to do something creative, I wondered if I could defeat it. How will… Read more

  • We Tell Ourselves Stories

    March 31, 2020 by

    In her essay I Can’t Get That Monster Out Of My Mind (included in Slouching Towards Bethlehem, 1968), Joan Didion diagnoses a sickly 1960s Hollywood system that had “a few interesting minds at work; and a great many less interesting ones” and was producing “fewer pictures but not necessarily better pictures”. Despite Hollywood’s self-image as… Read more

  • Circles of Life

    March 28, 2020 by

    My grandmother’s grandmother died on this day 129 years ago. Sarah (sometimes known as Sally) married a man named James Callinan of Peterswell Co. Galway in about 1847, during horrors of the Great Famine. Despite those hardships, Sally survived and had many children. Obviously I never met her but I share her DNA. It’s staggering… Read more

  • CODA series: Sign Language

    October 28, 2019 by

    I have been using sign language all my life. I grew up in a ‘deaf family’, where both my parents are deaf. They have been signing at me since I was a newborn and I have been signing back for longer than I have been talking. By the time I started school, I was bi-lingual,… Read more

  • Walk in my Shoes

    October 6, 2019 by

    I’m delighted to be once again taking part in Walk In My Shoes FM, the pop-up radio station, to mark World Mental Health Day. The station comes on air tomorrow and broadcasts all week (7-11 October 2019) . Walk in My Shoes works to promote positive mental health, to tackle mental health stigma and change… Read more

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