Maggie O’Brien has an Honours Degree in
English and Philosophy from Leeds University.
She has spent most of her working life teaching
the ‘disenfranchised’ in many parts of the world.
She was born and raised in Southmead, Bristol UK
of an English mother and an Irish father. She moved to Granard, Ireland in 1996 where she now resides.
Active on the Poetry Slam circuit in Bristol throughout 1995, she was a guest poet at the prestigious Cheltenham Arts Festival in the same year and organiser of the Poetry Event at the Bristol Free Festival. She has also been broadcast by the BBC.
She says, “When I grow up I want to be a Jester. I make no apologies for my love of wit and rhyme; they’re the tools of the Jester’s lost art. I want to express passion and explore universal themes in such a way as to reach those who ‘don’t like poetry’. I hope my work will be enjoyed by those who feel ‘excluded’ by the High Art reputation of poetry. If I can bring them food for thought, laughter and maybe even some solace, it’d be great.”
“My verse comes from ‘who knows where?’. It’s dictated to me in the very early morning and in a half- sleep half- waking state I scribble it down. Since I ‘hear’ it before I see it written, I guess it’s best read aloud.”