I live in North Belfast. I have a view of the Cavehill Mountain, which was the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. Its profile is reminiscent of a huge head in repose, with the forehead and nose clearly visible.
Firstly, I have published two academic books, which were based on my doctoral studies. Women’s War Drama in England in the Seventeenth Century and The Drama of War in the Theatre of Anne Devlin, Marie Jones, and Christina Reid, Three Irish Playwrights have been well received and continue to gain critical attention. I enclose a comment from Modern Language Review: "Liddy’s study of women’s war drama in seventeenth-century England throws light on other female-authored war literature. This is a rewarding work, written in a clear and understandable style, which makes an original contribution to the subject
Secondly, I have completed a Certificate in Teaching at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown as well as being a fully qualified Essential Skills tutor. My tutor commented that I was “A teacher with a wealth of knowledge who addressed learners with respect and in a manner appropriate to students’ age and stage of learning.
Thirdly, I have working on developing skills in voice, movement and improvisation and gaining confidence in communication skills and to work as part of a team. I have taken classes in comedy improvisation and in-depth text work involving scenes/monologues from classic/modern plays. Last Christmas I delivered a performance which included comic improvisation and monologues. I have studied with Ransom Production Company. For the past few years I have been a member of Fringe Benefits, a new ensemble theatre company which hopes to grow its own writers and add excitement to drama in Belfast. It is community-based and committed to stage work with a local and universal appeal-relevant to all our communities. The Company encourages and supports new writing, and offers opportunities for members to develop interest and skill across a broad range of Theatre Practice. I have been writing scripts with other dramatists and attending various intensive workshops.
Fourthly I have experience of teaching poetry workshops in the community and voluntary sector.