Doreen McBride has many irons in the fire. If she ever retires she can claim 5 pensions; Author, Folklorist, Storyteller, Broadcaster and National treasure. Proof, if proof be needed, that mulity tasking is alive and kicking in CoDown.
She describes herself as a biology teacher who has gone wrong! And goes on to say...
'I enjoyed teaching but suddenly went bananas! I felt as if it wasn’t me responding to pupils, but some stranger pulling strings.
I told a very dear friend who said,’You’re suffering from burnout. That happens to teachers. You give and give and give for years and find there’s nothing left. Other countries have sabbaticals and that fixes the problem. There’s no such thing here so I suggest you try something different.’
So I did. I’ve always written as a sideline so I decided to take it seriously. And here I am. The author of many books on folklore, folktales, local history, busy recording things I feel it would be a shame to lose. Our past is our heritage. We should treasure it.'
We are delighted to welcome Doreen as our guest artist of the month to Abbey Lane Theatre's Open Mic night, friday 27th January.