James O’Leary lives and works in Cork City, Ireland, where he is a member of the VirginSlate writing group. Here are some of his experiences in poetry, film and theatre:
• His poetry can be found at munsterlit.ie/Southword/Issues/25/oleary_james.html wordlegs.com/magazine/index.php and in the upcoming issue of The Burning Bush 2.
• His short films “Afraid of What I Would Write” and “I Thought I Was More Memorable, Like the Beach at Midnight” were screened as part of the Documentary/Experimental section at the Cork UnderGround Short Film Festival 2013.
• "Afraid of What I Would Write" was also screened at the Filmpoem Festival 2013 in Dunbar, Scotland.
• "I thought I was more memorable, like the beach at midnight" also screened at Visible Verse Festival at the Cinematheque in Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2013, and Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition (as part of the Indie Cork Festival of Independent Cinema), Ireland, 2013.
• "Disconnected", his short stageplay, was staged in 2013 the Cork Arts Theatre as part of a horror anthology by Cork-based theatre companies The Wild Ensemble and Take 5.
• Participated in a feedback and development workshop based on submission of his original short play 'Wounded' at the Jack Burdell Experience Theatre and Arts festival at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 2013
• Part of a video collaboration with mental health advocate Christie Stewart for Self Injury Awareness Day, 2012 youtube.com/watch?v=oBJR67BeH-E
• Shortlisted to produce a short film based on a script submission for Reachout Ireland, 2011
• Received a B.A (Hons) Degree in Television and Video Production at the University of Sunderland, England, 2011
• Director of the stage production of 'Happy Birthday Paddy Hayes' Writers Week Competition 2011
• Director of the stage production of ‘Fight / Flight’ Writers Week Competition 2010
• Awarded ‘Best Director’ for the stage production of ‘True colours’ at the Cork Arts Theatre Writers Week Competition, 2009
• Camera Operator for independent feature film 'Crane', with Leaning Tower Productions, 2009