Bio

Mark is a published poet from, and living in, Dublin that has been writing poetry since childhood. Focusing seriously on the craft in his late twenties, he has since had numerous pieces published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies. He is the 2015 Poet Laureate of Glitterwolf. He has recently completed his first full-length poetry collection called How to Live When Life Subtracts and is writing new poems and working on his ongoing American G.I. project, the first volume of which, a chapbook called Circumference is completed; he is currently plotting out the next two installments.

As a playwright, he presented his first full-length play, A Stint in Your Spotlight (Dir. Antoinette Duffy) in 2008 as part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and in 2010 he returned to the Festival with his one act play, The Middle Distance (Dir. Shane Carr). In 2011, he presented Saliva (Dir. Emma Weafer)a one-act play, that ran as part of the Irish Theatre Shorts programme in the 2011 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. He returned to the festival in 2014 with Blue Boy , a one-act play told entirely in verse, that he also performed.

He has a BA (Hons.) in English Literature with an emphasis on Creative Writing, Prose and Dramatic Text from Brunel University, London, an MA in Creative Writing from Queens University and has completed a one year performance course at the Gaiety School of Acting.

His acting credits include: Fair City, Our Town, Philadelphia Here I Come, and various showcases at the Gaiety School of Acting.

Mark is also a musician and, as well as his long running solo project Where is This, has been a founding member of several bands including Faded Motorway Cronies, Feedback Sonata, *headdesk*, Fuck Patrol and Sidekick Witches and owns and ran Bored Bear Recordings, a DIY noise music label for many years.

Finally, he performs regularly on the alternative cabaret/drag scene under the name Fake Plastic Steve, primarily with the cabaret troupe, underCURRENT.

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