About me

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Not all those who wander are lost. JRR Tolkien.

Hello. Thank you for visiting my site.

I’m Shell, from Dublin but happiest when travelling.

After talking about writing all my life I finally sent out my first piece in 2017 and it was published in The Irish Times.

In October 2017 I set up this website as a way of motivating myself to write but as I sent out more work and pieces were published, it has become a collection of my writing, the competitions I’ve entered, the prizes I’ve won and the exciting places writing has taken me.

I write about my life, my travels and experiences, about trying to find magic in the mundane, ordinary in the extraordinary, sanity in the madness, peace in the chaos, and the answer to why I feel the constant need to be on the move, as if routine is some kind of shackle that needs to be shaken off.

There have been some dark times over the years and these are my stories of finding silver linings in the darkness, of locating the light, of putting back the sparkle that was lost along the way.

I’ve written short stories, flash fiction, travel and opinion pieces and they have been published in print in The Irish Times, The Gloss Magazine, The Irish Examiner, Woman’s Way Magazine, The Sunday Independent, The Telegraph, in an two anthologies, Teachers Who Write and A Page From My Life and online on Writing.ie, Silverbirchpress.wordpress.com, KanturkArts.ie, Pendemic.ie, TheCabinetofHeed.com and Athensinsider.com.

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One of my first pieces was a story for Arnott’s Department store in Dublin to celebrate their 175th birthday.  They recorded it on video and it formed part of an exhibition run by the Little Museum of Dublin and was on display in store during the spring and summer of 2018.

I prefer reading, writing and being outside to spending time on social media but I make an effort with Twitter because that’s where all the writing information is. You’ll find me @thesparklyshell.

Facebook and Instagram not so much.

I am working on a memoir.

I have a picture book written for my favourite four people in the world – my nieces and nephews.

I’m a teacher by profession but a writer at heart.