Back in the early eighties (shoulder pads, unsure, skinny) while I was an undergrad at Trinity College Dublin studying Maths & Economics I managed to get myself a summer job as researcher in the Central Bank of Ireland on Dame street; my bosses were the now very well known Patrick Honohan (Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland 2009-2015) and economist John FitzGerald.
At the time I had one decent party frock which could pass as 'work-like'. Wore it to work most days (pink, floral, post-Laura-Ashley vibe).
After I had finished and returned to college this internal Central Bank paper was published based on the work I had done. The generosity of making me the lead author (I did the grunt work, not the writing) still resonates almost thirty one years later. Thank you Patrick 🙏
It's my one and only academic paper and the ONLY thing I've kept from all those notes and tutorials and essays churned out in TCD as a student. LOVING the mottled, aged, pre-computer look of it.
And the moral is... you can and will change your career over your lifetime. I went from graduate to teacher to mother to writer to poet to publisher. Who knows what's next.... slowly onward and upward.
Alison Hackett — Director and founder of 21st Century Renaissance; author of The Visual Time Traveller 500 Years of History, Art and Science in 100 Unique Designs
The Visual Time Traveller
This is a labour of love, insanity, beauty and, perhaps, an attempt to reintegrate history, art and science together again. Simon Cocking Irish Tech News
Her range of language is both staccato and soft, in succinct verse, which encourages you to read this aloud, truly the best way to engage in the emotional depth of a poem.
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