b. Newry; ed. UU (Belfast); spent three-months in New York, working as waitress; shortlisted for Hennessy Award for story inspired by that experience, 1989; performed in student production of Measure for Measure; played lead in Hush-a-Bye Baby with Sinead OConnor supporting; also Romeo Phones (C4), Riff Raff (dir. Ken Loach), with Robert Carlyle, and Human Traffic; co-author and producer of film Loop; left film business on having a daughter; issued Elvis, Jesus and Me (2004), a novel about a young girl reluctant to leave childhood behind in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.
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Elvis, Jesus and Me (London: Virago 2004)
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Elvis, Jesus and Me (Virago), Ger to younger brother [Chap. 1]: Boys get to fly to the moon, score goals, ride on the back of tractors ... tell me one girl youd like to be. (Quoted in [Shirley Kelly, Emer McCourts Secret Passion [interview art.], in Books Ireland (April 2004, p.73.)
Tomboy: I grew up in Newry [...] and I was a tomboy and I went through a phase when I really would have preferred to be a boy. Girls seemed very boring to me, too passive, whereas boys were active and doing fun things. They grew up to be men who seemed to me to inhabit a very different world to women, and they were shaping and changing that world. I think it probably hits you most forcefully when youre on the cusp of womanhood. You know once you cross over into puberty theres no going back and its unknown territory. Gers wanting to be a boy is part of that sense of holding on to childhood, and thats what ignited the story in me. Everything else came from that. (Books Ireland, idem.)