I have always loved words. I was that kid who would eat her cereal whilst reading the cereal box. Or read the back of the shampoo or conditioner in the shower. I always had my head stuck in a book, no matter where I was or what I was supposed to be doing – there have been many burnt meals thanks to my reading distraction! I was just fascinated by the power of words and what you could do with them. As well as reading, I loved to write and spent many hours happily writing and daydreaming.
However, in addition to words I also loved music, something that I think goes back to when I first watched the film, “The Sound of Music”, at the age of three. I spent my childhood playing the recorder, the flute and singing, whilst always reading and writing (although not all at the same time!). Fast-forward to university and it made sense to me to study English and music – although it didn’t make sense to many others, I was constantly being told that it was a strange combination!
With a BA (Hons) in English and music, as well as a DipHE in educational studies under my belt, I initially worked as an administrator in Manchester. After a few years I felt “stuck in a rut”, so in early 2009 I decided to pack my bags and move to Sligo in the west of Ireland “to try it out for a year”.
Almost 12 years later I’m still in Sligo, settled with a family and I have had a successful career in music education for the past 11 years, something that I’m very proud of. However, despite the fact that I enjoy working in music, my desire to work with words never left me. In the past I have written for various publications, and at one stage I even had a column in our local newspaper for a couple of years which I loved!
So in summer 2020 I decided to qualify as a proofreader and editor. I gained a diploma with distinction from the College of Media and Publishing. It feels like a fresh start and, although I’m certainly not leaving music behind, I am now embarking on a portfolio career where I can finally work with my love of the written word.
Welcome to my website!