About me


I've been a professional writer all my working life. My commissions include fiction and non fiction books; original tv dramas and contributions to series; radio scripts; screenplays; chamber opera libretti; and work in digital media. My 'Finfarran' series of novels, published by Hachette, will shortly be available in the US and Canada, published by Harper Perennial, as well as in Australia, Germany, Italy, Holland, France, China and South Korea.


I was born in Dublin, Ireland, studied English and Irish language and literature at University College Dublin and emigrated to London in my early twenties where I built a successful career, first as an actress and then as a writer. In 1986 I met and married the English opera director Wilf Judd, then Artistic Director of The Garden Venture at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House. 

In 1995 Wilf and I set up JHM, an umbrella company under which creative work arising out of our shared artistic values is conceived and made. A JHM project involves work by one or both of us working partnership, often in collaboration with others. 

Wilf and I share a love of literature, theatre, ecology and design, and our life and work are now divided between a flat in inner-city London and a stone house at the western end of Ireland's Dingle Peninsula.







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