A Heartfelt Journey
Beginning the journey of telling your story online is not easy. However, I am delighted that I can share with you my experience, as well as inspire you to pursue your dreams and find new and exciting ways to communicate your unique offerings to a wider audience.
So, a good place to start is to share with you my life-long passion for creative content curation.
Growing up near Stonhenge
permeated my childhood with mystery. Memories of picnics and tag in-between the Stones have never left me. The absence of fences at that time meant that barriers didn’t separate the Stones from our abandoned experience.
My brother Kevin and I, loved these visits. We would lay our bodies against these massive rocks to feel or hear their magic.
As we indulged in the tinge of fear associated with such monumental surreal structures, stories were told and songs made up.
Our un-tempered imaginations were wild and replete.
After attending Bristol Art College in the 1980s, I travelled throughout Europe in search of light-filled corn fields and architectures of meaning.
Eventually, after being seduced by the mystery of the Connemara & Burren landscapes, I gave up a job at Oxford Brookes University and followed my heart. I moved to Galway in 1994 where I completed my PhD, worked as a freelance journalist and raised my son, Sean.
While I have travelled further afield, including a life enriching road trip from Georgia to Arizona, the West Coast of Ireland remains my deepest source of inspiration. While sometimes harsh and unyielding, it's magic sweeps energy and vitality through my life and work.
I have an absolute passion for communicating both creative & non-fiction prose, as well as crafting visual narratives that bring personal, community & business stories alive.
Committed to discovering ways to translate my creativity from ‘art’ to a medium that can help others 'find their voice', I undertook a Masters in Journalism at NUIG, where I refined my skills in feature writing, public relations, news writing, reporting, electronic broadcast journalism, (Radio & T.V) & photojournalism.
This journey continued when I was fortunate enough to receive a highly esteemed Irish Research Council scholarship to complete a PhD in the importance of arts-based methodologies in building resilient communities. This gave me an opportunity to re-visit my background in fine art & develop a range of unique offerings relevant to today’s changing social & business environment.
I am dedicated to sharing these skills with my clients, thus providing space for people to find a way of expressing their unique voice, in what can sometimes feel like an intimidating social environment.
I'm here to help make this process more enjoyable, meaningful & successful.
Due to my own interests & expertise, I work with clients in areas that I have both experience and expertise, including leadership sciences, complementary health-care, slow food / organics / eco labels, interior design, art, heritage, culture and community development.
Creative non-fiction essay writing.
In my spare time I am working on my own compositions, including a collection of creative non-fiction essays, and I collaborate on a number of community art projects (currently on the West Coast of Ireland) with videographers and other creatives.
These compositions keep me inspired & fulfilled.
My blog, Slow Living Ireland, is a space to share a series of vignettes of local life, simple pleasures, changing seasons, slow food, eco-lifestyles, organic, natural, the mystical & ordinary.
You can find some of my health & wellbeing insights over on instagram: @akyoga_ Click on images below to follow my story.
Enjoy a selection of my health-care articles, published in the Irish Times:
Gluten intolerance may play role in certain mental illness. Schizophrenia is a little understood illness, however, ground-breaking work suggests there may be a dietary link, writes Anna King.
Turn despair into triumph with attitude. More and more athletes are using sport psychologists to help them use mind over body to realise their winning ambitions. Reports Anna King.
Finding up sides to the downturn. The feelings of failure associated with the recession can be as damaging as its material consequences. But fragile confidence can be restored, three experts tells Anna King.