Who is Oran?

I’m a kids’ fiction author who is currently querying a realistic children’s middle grade book while rewriting a second manuscript for the same age group.img_20160802_191101

However my writing background is in screenwriting. I was a script editor and script reader yonks ago. Four of my short scripts were funded by the Film/RTE short film scheme for funding. Two other shorts were shortlisted for Irish Film Board short film schemes. Check out my Filmbase short ‘Before We Wake‘ which was made by Stitch Films in 2012.

More recently, I’m a former social worker and you can read the blog post I wrote about a former colleague of mine still in that field here.

Previous to this,  I also ran a project with schools in Ireland and East Timor for the East Timor Ireland Solidarity Campaign. You can read about my experiences in East Timor here.

I’m also a campaigner for climate action with Extinction Rebellion Ireland  and you can read my blogs about the climate crisis and kids fiction here.

I’m also a stay at home parent who writes while my kids are in school; a cub leader; a boardgame nut and a good few other persons besides.

(By the way, one person I am definitely not is an associate law professor in Trinity College. That’s a different Oran Doyle. I spoke to his mam coincidentally on the phone once and she seemed lovely and he seems to be doing great work so check him out here if you’re legally inclined.)

The two sayings I need to have on the desk in front of me when I write (well, really at all times) are:

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