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My poetry has been widely published in Ireland, Britain and the US in anthologies and periodicals such as: The U.S. Literary Review, Envoi, Cyphers, Electric Acorn, W.P. Monthly, Lifelines 3, The Haiku Quarterly and The Amnesty International Anthology: Human Rights Have No Borders.

I am the author of six feature length screenplays, six short films, a collection of short stories, a poetry collection and my first novel which contains 85,000 words, some of which are in the correct order.

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RIP ‘The original Mad Woman’

RIP ‘The original Mad Woman’RIP ‘The original Mad Woman’
RIP ‘The original Mad Woman’
RIP ‘The original Mad Woman’

DDB’s, Phyllis Robinson, the first ever female copy chief in the US, passed away one day shy of 2011 aged 89.

It was the New York magazine which referred to her as the original ‘Mad Woman’. She was part of the DDB advertising revolution in the fifties and sixties America creating such breathtakingly original campaigns as Levys and Ohrbach’s.

It is reported that after seeing her Ohrbach’s ad, Volkswagen said they wanted the agency that did that ad. The rest is history.

You can read more about her here: http://www.ddb.com/ddblogs/

It must have been an incredibly difficult time for a woman not only to cut it in the ad industry, but to be one of the all-time greats – having been inducted into the Copywriters Hall of Fame in 1968, and in 1999, Advertising Age listed her as one of the 100 most influential figures in the history of advertising.

Rest in Peace, Phyllis. An inspiration and a true original.

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