Magic Beans (also known as Choir on Call)

Magic Beans (also known as Choir on Call)

I used to have two clean, empty baked bean cans connected by a length of string and by some Mum-Magic my Ma had me convinced it was a telephone and we could hear each other down it.   It was a kind of magic. Although we both knew we were just hearing the other person […]

“Making With” in Lockdown

Creative Aging International was started with the ideas of “making with” and “making for”. at its core.   A Festival, for instance, is something that often is “made for”.  While it involves several partners or contractors CAI are the people taking the initial idea out into the world, raising the resources, driving it along.   […]


#ThursdaystheDay   In response to the Coronovirus, the Age of Creativity Festival has partnered with Creative Aging International to devise a ‘Creative Ageing Snapshot’ focused on England, with reflections from countries around the world who are experiencing this unprecedented pandemic. Four questions will be posed and the same questions will be asked in May and again in […]

Virtual International Conference on Arts in Health

I’m oddly well placed to run national events in crisis. Previously I’ve been involved in: Delaying and repositioning St Patrick’s Festival in response to foot and mouth Producing nationwide celebration marking EU expansion under Irish presidency Originating Dawn Chorus during the financial downturn to connect communities for Bealtaine Festival. It is a proven formula.   […]

Continuous Learning in Covid

While the pandemic is still evolving we are already learning. Here’s some text written as we developed the Dawn Chorus.   The Covid-19 pandemic is a crisis without clean ending. Social distancing measures will continue to impact population segments particularly older adults, for some time. Lockdowns and re-openings must be responsive to infection. The project […]

We’ve been wondering what to do in the Covid Crisis.

Our work is about contact and connection. Building communities of care through creativity. In the first few weeks it felt like this was impossible as self-quarantining and then social distancing kept everyone apart.   In Ireland at least that’s still the case. Bea and I have been locked in the same flat for 7 weeks […]

Berkeley Arts + Design

So, I was in San Francisco in September and spoke at Berkeley and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TALK Working as a cultural producer in a department of neuro-science focused on reducing the impact of Alzheimers and dementias leads to sleepless nights and interesting observations. An instinctive collaborator and passionate […]


  What does a hyphen do?   Have you ever wondered why a hyphen happens?   I’ve become a animated by these small seemingly insignificant horizontal lines.   Neuro-Humanities. Arts-Health. Arts-Science. Psycho-Social.   What is the hyphen doing? Why is it there?   Is it a sort of flag waving at us? Is it a […]