Jean is a writer based in Dublin. She worked in journalism and broadcasting in Japan before she found her passion: creative writing.
She has been writing successfully across a number of different genres for almost twenty years. The Irish Film Board has been very supportive of her work and has awarded funding to many of her projects. She has been commissioned to do adaptations, to write, rewrite and co-write by production companies in Ireland, U.S.A. and Australia. She wrote the screenplay for How About You based on a Maeve Binchy short story; the star-studded cast included Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton, Brenda Fricker and Hayley Atwell.
Her latest feature film project, The Bright Side, on which she is a co-writer, has also been awarded funding by the Irish Film Board and is currently in development.
Before venturing into feature length scripts she worked on numerous short films in various capacities (writer, director, producer, best girl). Two of these films, Serial Numbers and To The Mountain, were also directed by her, won awards and were broadcast on TV and shown in film festivals across Europe and the U.S.A.. She wrote, directed and co-produced the documentary Ordinary Worries: The Bosnian Community in Ireland which was broadcast on RTE.
Charlotte, her first radio play, won a P.J. O’Connor Award and was produced and broadcast by RTE. Another radio play, Haymaker, produced and broadcast as a four-part series by RTE, was nominated for a Zebbie by The Writer’s Guild of Ireland.
Never idle, her academic qualifications include a First Class Honours Degree in Japanese and International Marketing from Dublin City University and a Master of Arts Degree (Honours) in Film Studies from University College Dublin. She was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Sight and Sound Film Production Course in The Tisch School of Arts, New York University.
When not scribbling, she travels, walks the isolated beaches of County Kerry and tortures the students in her dojo (school) in Dublin where she practices and teaches Aikido, the Japanese martial art in which she holds a Fifth Dan (high grade black belt).