I am a writer, publisher author and MENSAN.



Newcastle Harbour.

Photo by Karen Curlett Kelly.

Newcastle Promenade.

Photo by Karen Curlett Kelly.

I live in Ireland in a beautiful little seaside town called Newcastle, which is nestled in the foot of the famous Mourne Mountains.

So I am minutes walk from the sea, mountains and forests.

My wife

Karen Curlett Kelly HND Dip

With my amazing wife Karen.
The best thing I ever did in life was ask Karen to marry me!

She is the best person I have ever known.

Honest, moral, loving, compassionate and incredibly strong.

To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets -

'She makes me want to be a better person.'

MENSA

MENSA.
The high IQ society.
I sat the MENSA entry IQ test in 1991. It was held in the psychology department of Queen's University in Belfast.

I sat it truly just out of curiosity, to see if I could pass.

It was the hardest exam or test I have ever sat. By the time I was half way through I had already decided I was not going to pass.

By that time several other people had already gotten up and walked out. I had a headache.

But I was brought me up to finish what I started so I sat on and just tried my best. (I might get an IQ rating out of it anyway?)

Afterwards some of us gathered in the corridor outside and moaned. We all agreed we had failed, and we all had a headache.

You can imagine my surprise when I got the results and I had passed!

Looking back on it I realize that the test is designed to push you to your intellectual limits. Hence the headache. It would be pointless otherwise.

Over the years I have written many articles for special interest groups and for the main MENSA monthly mag itself. Some of these appear (with MENSA's permission) in this website.

If you are interested visit the MENSA website.

My books

Unpacking my complementary copies
of my first book.
Quentin Crisp:
The Profession of Being
My first novel.
I started writing my second book
while finishing editing on the biography.
Firsts:
Coming of age stories by
people with disabilities.
Edited by Bel Cipriani

Qualifications

Batchelor of Science (Hons)
Higher National Diploma
Higher National Certificate

Brain tumour

In September 2013 I was diagnosed with a form of brain tumour called an Acoustic Neuroma.
It was probably just as well that I was totally unaware and unprepared for what a devastating affect it would have on every aspect of my life.
In the coming years my condition deteriorated until in July 2017 I had to take an unpaid career break from my job as a Senior Analyst, because, as my manager kept telling me, my situation was "unsustainable".
In April 2018 I went to Saint Jame's Hospital in Leeds, England, to have a form of surgery called Gamma Knife.
I am currently trying to recuperate from this surgery.
I have had to take another year unpaid career break because I have had accepted that I cannot and will never work again.
My hope is that I may be able to write, though at a much reduced capacity.