Stephen has written since he was 5. The cover of his first ‘book’ on animals was bound in the hard cardboard from a washing machine powder container, after a summer visit to Dublin zoo. Stephen has always enjoyed...
Stephen has written since he was 5. The cover of his first ‘book’ on animals was bound in the hard cardboard from a washing machine powder container, after a summer visit to Dublin zoo. Stephen has always enjoyed language and words, and the opportunities for communication, understanding and misunderstanding that they provide.
Stephen previously worked as a stylist, maker and writer in the fashion and magazine industries, and then retrained as a mental health nurse and specialist community public health practitioner. He has most recently worked with pregnant women and families with new babies, and these experiences have richly informed the writing of Emerald Place. Stephen is interested in writing about the things that are often hidden within cultures, and about the extreme experiences that we all have which are often the hardest to articulate. Saoirse’s life is based loosely on the stories told to Stephen by his paternal grandmother, as a young adolescent, jotted down but unrecorded until now.
Stephen has also written two plays, the first called HALO PERIL DOLL about the relationships between patients and staff on an acute mental health ward, and MEISA MESSIAH, about the aftermath of the death of a cult leader. Stephen has had poetry, articles and essays published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Stephen has also had academic work published on how the maternal birth experience can potentially affect maternal-infant bonding and attachment. Emerald Place is Stephen’s first novel.