that's another story

All god's chillun' got trav'lin' shoes 

& oh SO much more....

Overcoming self-doubt to turn that story into a book is......

Overcoming self-doubt to turn that story into a book  ?

Nowadays this is Home Sweet Home, a cottage near the small rural town of Granard in Co. Longford, Ireland.

We burn turf on the fire and to cook by, have no light pollution, no neighbours but fresh air and a dome of stars outside the door.

Maggie O'Brien      

I’ve earned a living in so many ways-- in Bingo Halls, restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, factories, hotels, offices and by teaching in schools, colleges, mental institutions, prisons, an air-force base in Iran and even in a leper colony. 

My biography is still in my ‘mental attic.’ but I can tell you I’ve wanted to be an artist and writer ever since I was a kid. Incredible adventures and a long (and unorthodox) career in teaching delayed my ‘dream’…or perhaps made it possible?

 Everyone has a story to tell.

something else again ...........believe me

In full-time education from 4-22 yrs  of age I abandoned academia in 1974 to travel the world. I hitched, walked, rode trains and ferries that took me to every country in Europe, on up to and through Scandinavia, across to Russia (behind the Iron Curtain) across into Iran , Iraq and Afghanistan, eventually onto India up as far as Tibet. I have turned down some interesting jobs too-  in the Diplomatic Corps., as a tutor in a palace- and even as a psychic advisor to a homicide police unit. ............................but....       


The 'Turf Man' delivers

I write, paint, draw and just lately write songs. Gardening takes up a lot of time in Spring and Summer because our gardens are massive. We don't keep pets as we are surrounded by wild-life.

Everyone has a story to tell but

'Everyone has a book in them' isn't quite true............

​​About me......