Caption: Bernie McGill
Photographer: Peter Nash
- First Name(s)
- Aitken Alexander Associates (UK)
- Job Type
- Job Type
- Project/Event Manager
I write for theatre and I write fiction.
I also work for arts organisations on a freelance basis (project management, fund raising etc. for Big Telly Theatre Company, Cahoots NI) and as a facilitator for writers' groups.
Writer of the script for 'The Haunting of Helena Blunden' a new piece of musical theatre for Big Telly Theatre Company with music by Paul Boyd and lyrics by Paul Boyd & Bernie McGill. Toured main theatre spaces in Ireland March 2010.
Writer of 'The Weather Watchers' (Cahoots NI), produced and toured in main and studio theatre spaces in Ireland May/June 2006.
Novel 'The Butterfly Cabinet' published in UK & Ireland by Headline Review, August 2010, by Hachette Australia in May 2011, and by Free Press in the US, July 2011. Also published in translation by de Fontein, Netherlands (Charlotte's Vleugels) and by Bollati Boringhieri, Italy (La donna che collezionava farfalle).
Short story 'No Angel' anthologised in Best British Short Stories (Salt, 2011), in Scandal & Other Stories by the Linen Hall Library and online at Southword (http://www.munsterlit.ie/Southword/Issues/19/mcgill_bernie.html)
Short story 'The Recipe' published by Verbal magazine, May 2011, online here: http://verbalon.com/magazine/images/pdf-edition/1_verbal_36_low_res.pdf
Short story 'What I was Left' published online at Necessary Fiction, April 2011: http://necessaryfiction.com/writerinres/WhatIWasLeft
Short story 'Home' published in Bridport anthology 2010.
Short story 'Family Ties' published in Brand magazine, March 2009
Short story published online at Zoetrope Dec 2008
Novel extract published in 'Fortnight' May 2007
Short story published in 'Verbal' May 2007 (http://www.verbalartscentre.co.uk/verbalmagazine/assets/05.pdf)
Two stories published in 'The Barefoot Nuns of Barcelona and Other Stories' (November 2005)
Four stories broadcast by BBC Radio Ulster in the ‘My Story’ series (January 2005-May 2006) three of which were published in 'The Belfast Telegraph' in the same period. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/mystory)
Two stories published in the BBC / Blackstaff collection 'My Story' (April 2006).
- Professional Interests/Special Skills
- I run workshops for writing groups. I currently work as a facilitator for Coleraine Borough Council at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart. In the past five years I have worked for Roe Valley Arts Centre, the Workers' Educational Association, the University of Ulster at Coleraine, Ballymena Writers' Group, Ballycastle Writers' Group, the Jane Ross Writers' Group, Limavady, and for Open Arts.
- B.A. (Hons) English and Italian; Queen's University, Belfast
M.A. (Irish Writing); Queen's University, Belfast
I have over twelve years of experience of working in a professional theatre environment, managing projects and personnel and fund raising for Big Telly Theatre Company.
- 2010-2011 Recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's inaugural ACES award (Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme).
2010: Second Prizewinner in both the Sean O'Faolain and the Michael McLaverty Short Story Awards.
2010: Short listed for the Bridport Short Story Prize.
2010: Short listed by the Stephen Sondheim Society for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song of the Year Award for 'A Cut Above' from 'The Haunting of Helena Blunden', co-written with Paul Boyd.
Winner of the 2008 Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Contest
Short listed for the Asham Award, 2008.
Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Support for the Individual Artist Award (2008)
Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Support for the Individual Artist Award (2006)
Selected for The Creative Writers' Network's Mentoring Programme (as mentoree) 2006
Shortlisted for the Brian Moore Short Story Award 2006
Shortlisted for the Orange/Northern Woman Short Story Award 2004 and 2005
- Other Information
- Full driver's licence
- External Links
- Last Modified
- 30 Aug 2011
- Image 1
- Conor O'Neill in The Weather Watchers
- Phil Smyth
- Image 2
- Charlotte McCurry and Helena Bereen in The Haunting of Helena Blunden
- Peter Nash