About Me

If anyone needs a level of detail that isn't covered by the photo up on the right - and seriously, I think it says it all - here's a brief Summary Of Life To Date:

I'm thirty-five; I'm Irish; I lived in Dublin until I was twenty-four; I did my BA in English and philosophy (majoring in English) at Trinity College Dublin, and then an MA in Film Production in the Dublin Institute of Technology. A year or so later, after various stints as a runner, a film extra, and a miscellaneous production office grunt, I got a job with a giant broadcasting corporation which shall remain nameless (ha!) here in (hint) Britain, and moved to Birmingham, where I stayed for the next five years working as a video editor. Five years later, when our department (and subsequently the whole West Midlands operation) was imploding, I took redundancy and applied to do another MA, seeing as, in the words of my beloved Depeche Mode, I just can't get enough. This one was in Creative Writing, at the University of Manchester, and it was as good as I'd hoped. After that: a couple of book-selling jobs, a novel that you'll never, ever see, and a baby (hello, Seren!). In 2012, I started a PhD in Creative Writing in the same department (supervised by Ian McGuire), which I'm due to finish very soon. I've had various stories published - see the side-bar.

You guys should all move to Manchester - it's ace.

[Oh, and PS: I don't really do guest posts on here, so probably don't bother asking, and though one of my incarnations is as a book reviewer, this isn't the place for it - if you want me to review something, do please contact Bookmunch instead, and then be aware that there's a team of volunteer reviewers there, of whom I'm only one, and your work might or might not get reviewed by any one of us.]

7 comments:

Q said...

I know it's your life and all that, but this is a very amusing biog!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Q! I've just been reading yours - Kilburn sounds fab!

Amphigora said...
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Amphigora said...

i love your "About me" page. I like your style:))

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Amphigora!

Ellie H said...

Hi Valerie, I came across your fab blog when looking into Creative Writing MAs, I've just moved to Manchester to start the course at UM, can't wait! This is a great blog, oh, and your stories are fantastic as well! Hope the novel is going well.

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Ellie! The novel plods on, ever so slowly... Best of luck with the course! Ooh, and keep an eye out for a friend of mine who's also starting it in the autumn - Ben Judge. Hope you like Manchester so far (riots aside)!