I’ve been reading and writing poetry since I was a young teenager, back when I thought I had the ‘black dog‘ that Winston Churchill suffered from! Ah, the drama of being a teenage girl. I wrote on and off for years after that but other things got in the way, like getting my pilot’s licence and travelling the world, so I never focused on it. My mum is a children’s author and I dabbled in writing children’s texts alongside teaching for a while but it was only really when I was working at the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin and I started taking part in poetry workshops, that I fell headlong into the poetry world and haven’t really come up for air since. I knew straight away it was the medium I’d been looking for, as all I wanted to do whenever I had a spare moment was write poetry. So I’d say I’ve been really working on developing the craft and getting poetry ready for publication since 2009. Being in Dublin helped; there’s such a vibrant network for writers, you can experience and understand exactly how it all works – the editing, the sending out, the different journals being published, the importance of doing readings etc… I really miss it!