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). Although the world has opened up a bit, it looks like for the end of 2021, and the early part of 2022, much of my work will remain online.



  • Good Books-Good Companions: a virtual book-group. Literature Project funded by the Arts Council. This staff-engagement project with librarians and library assistants from County Sligo Library Services, County Clare Library Services, and Cork City Library services explored children’s books and discussed how they might be used in story times and other library activities. I curated the reading lists and facilitated meetings. The project finished in October 2021, feedback has been fantastic, and a report on the proceedings comes out in November.
  • Sailortown Stories–ongoing oral history project, gathering anecdotes, memories, stories, and histories of the Rotterdam Bar and Pat’s Bar, two important music venues in Belfast during the worst of the Troubles. Supported by a grant from Northern Ireland Arts Council
  • October Plenty–The Lion’s part Theatre Company autumn festival. This was virtual again this year, with a repeat of last year’s programme shown online.
  • What’s the Scéal? Storytelling Festival and Mini-Symposium with the National Museum of Country Life.   22-26 November 2021.  I’ll be online telling stories to students and teachers at Tulloha NS in Co Kerry, Pope John Paul II NS in Malihide, and St. Laurenc’es NS in Greystones, Co Wicklow. The mini-symposium is a discussion of the current state of storytelling in Ireland and beyond, feature Nuala Hayes and Donald Smith, and chaired by Terry McDonagh, and the big concert features Jack Lynch and Len Graham
  • BFI (British Film Institute) Animated Fairy Tales Project. A resource package for primary schools that looks at three animated fairy-tales: Snow White & Rose RedLittle Tom Thumb and The Children of Wax. In an interview I introduce the films and discuss the importance of folk and fairy tales.
  • Warm Tales for Cold Days (9 December, 3.30 pm)  and More Warm Tales for Cold Days (16 December, 3.30), Family Storytelling Sessions for Dún Laoghaire and Rathmines County Library Services. Online, live-streamed story hours for all ages, please join us.
  • 12th Night, The Lion’s part Theatre Company, 9 January, at Bankside, the Globe and the George Inn in Borough.  Should all be well, we’re gathered again, live to celebrate 12th Night with the Mummers Play, processions, carolling, dancing, and storytelling.
  • Bologna Children’s Book Fair, March 2022. I’ll be telling stories, and lecturing and leading workshop on storytelling at the IBBY and Ireland stands at the fair, supported by Culture Ireland.
  • Lancashire Storytelling Festival, 2022 with Heritage Learning Lancashire. I’ll be helping with the festival and championship, visiting in March 2022


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


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