Current Projects

Festivals, Residencies, Visits and Conferences

As it is for all of us, my work has been completely different since March 2020. I am recording stories and telling stories live via the internet. Most of this work is commissioned by schools and public libraries, or through Poetry Ireland’s Writers-in-Schools scheme, or via Authors Aloud (please contact me by email for further information).

Recorded stories are specially commissioned and usually on the internet for only a short time, and for registered audiences. Similarly, the online live storytelling events and creative writing workshops are developed by requests from schools, libraries, arts centres, festivals or storytelling event organises. These organisers broadcast the live storytelling through the internet to selected groups, such as a class or year group in a school, children registered for an online event through their library, or adult listeners invited to participate in a storytelling night or festival event.

Some online events that will be available to the public:

  • October Plenty, with the Lion’s part Theatre Company, 19-25 October 2020
  • Towersey Village Festival, online Christmas Special, Dec. 2020
  • Tell Me Stories for Christmas, Cork City Libraries, Dec. 2020
  • 12th Night, with the Lion’s Part, 5 January 2021
  • ELSA Conference 2020, Paris. English Language Schools Conference, 13 March 2021
  • Folklore Society Conference 21-22-23 May 2021
  • IBBY Congress 2019/2020 (with IBBY Ireland) Moscow, September 2020 (More information to follow)
  • Various School and Library events for book weeks, world book day, and National Shakespeare Week (organised by Authors Aloud, Brent Libraries, International Schools of Como, Florence, BES, and schools in London LEAs)


  • Good Books-Good Companions.  Irish Arts Council Funded Literature Project. A staff-engagement project for librarians and library assistants in Cork City, Count Clare, and County Sligo Library Services. A virtual book club, exploring children’s books and ways of using and promoting them in library events
  • Sailortown Regeneration.  Funded by Northern Ireland Arts Council. Oral history project to collect and archive stories from musicians, bar staff, event organisers, and customers of famous pubs, the Rotterdam Bar and Pat’s Bar
  • Writers-in-Schools, Poetry Ireland. Residencies with St. Colmcille PS, Ballymena and other schools in summer term

NEW PUBLICATION:  Story Listening and Experience in Early Childhood. Donna Schatt and Patrick Ryan. (PalgraveMacmillan) (more information on publications page)


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