All work and no play makes Joy a dull girl so I have the following side hustles that are not only hobbies but I learn from them to help my consultancy work.

Trustwordie – the thinking person’s greeting cards

A few years ago, I developed a range of quirky wordy greeting cards based on all my years of speech writing – helping people articulate what they mean to say but lack the EQ or humour.

Pendemic – writing in response to COVID_19

I started the Pendemic.ie project with 3 friends in mid March 2020 to publish new, immediate writing in response to the pandemic. We don’t see it as a literary magazine for ordinary times, but a journal for an exceptional one. We have been humbled by the global response and coverage in the media.

WTFisArt – art writing

I built this site as a spin-off from a recent course I did in Art Writing. We are a collective of art writers from Gorey School of Art and we believe art is for everyone and hope our writing encourages people to leave the house and walk into a gallery, a library, an arthouse cinema or a theatre and consume something beautiful and evocative. Phyllis Styne is my altar ego on the site. We haven’t been as active lately given that most venues and events have been deferred since March 2020.