My strategic consultancy work aims to support the long-term sustainability of arts organisations. My work is informed by over ten years working in business development in the arts, being trained as part of three different arts fundraising programmes, and my years working in arts marketing and sales. Sectors I've worked with include fine art, museums, architecture, theatre, game design, literature, science, design, technology, and more! My clients so far have been Dublin Dance Festival, Moonfish Theatre, Mother Tongues Festival, Cloughjordan Circus Club, and Skein Press, with more to be announced.
I am very excited to be part of a number of initiatives in Ireland, advising on strategy, marketing, and underrepresentation within the arts. In 2021 I proudly joined the Irish Writers Centre as a Board Member. I am also on advisory boards for the Stinging Fly, Words Ireland, Baboró, and the Diversity in Irish Poetry (DIP) Ledbury Critics of Colour programme in partnership with Maynooth University, supported by Poetry Ireland.
Performing at the Business to Arts Awards 2022 with a commissioned poem. Photo: Eddie Kavanagh
I love public speaking and performing my work! I have performed my work and taken part in panels in in festivals like the International Literature Festival Dublin, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Dublin Book Festival, Red Line Book Festival, Bray Literary Festival, and Fingal Poetry Festival, in addition to a number of literary and cabaret events all over the country. I have also been featured on RTÉ Radio and NPR.
I am regularly booked for panels and interviews, speaking on topics such as theatre, literature, fundraising, arts management, and underrepresentation in the arts. In addition to literary festivals, I have also spoken at diversity-focused events with University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, and more. I've even done a comedy set about science and colonialism at Bright Club!
You can watch or listen to some of my performances and interviews here.
'Finding Ourselves: Writing through the Queer Archive' panel with Llaura McGee at Cúirt Festival, 2021. Photo: Boyd Challenger.
At Future Human. Photo by Conor McCabe.
I have given talks on a range of subjects. My first talk, 'Not Just a Pretty Picture: Knowing Your Value in the Workplace' was delivered to FAB and Women in Technology, two women in tech groups. I have given my talk 'Written in the Stars: A Migrant's Journey in Science Communication and Poetry' at Future Human, Electric Picnic, and the Institute of Physics Annual Meeting.
I ran a Poetry workshop as part of Mother Tongues Festival in 2021 about belonging. I worked with FeliSpeaks and Colm Keegan to run poetry workshops for students in Adamstown Community College on poetry, activism, and anger. And I ran a workshop about physics and poetry for Trinity Acess Programme Summer School for Transition year students.
I have experience producing a number of events, such as an event for the International Literature Festival Dublin in 2020, an award-nominated talk series on Irish design that I ran monthly from 2014-2017, and the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards, which I co-founded and produced from 2014-2018. I regularly pitch events to literature festivals. I also am coordinated a year-long programme of events as part of my Institute of Physics residency.