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Belfast-born writer and director Maeve Murphy’s novella Christmas at the Cross has already been optioned as a film

A Northern Irish Christmas tale in London with surprising female twist.

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Belfast born Maeve co-founded the women’s theatre company, Trouble and Strife

Belfast born Maeve co-founded the women’s theatre company, Trouble and Strife

Christmas at the Cross by Maeve Murphy

Christmas at the Cross by Maeve Murphy

Maeve is the writer and director of several acclaimed shorts and three feature films

Maeve is the writer and director of several acclaimed shorts and three feature films

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Belfast born Maeve co-founded the women’s theatre company, Trouble and Strife

In the King’s Cross area of London at Christmas in the early 90s, an abusive relationship leads a young Irish woman, Blathnaid, to hide out in an acquaintance’s flat. A knock on the door, which she reluctantly opens, leads to a friendship with neighbour and street walker Nadina. As Blathnaid faces the ups and downs of life, it all starts to erupt.

Belfast-born Maeve studied at Cambridge University, where she was a member of Cambridge Footlights and co-founder of the women’s theatre company Trouble and Strife. Maeve is the writer and director of several acclaimed shorts and three feature films, all of which have been selected for and won awards at major festivals. While her novella is a work of fiction, it is inspired by real life in Kings Cross, with Maeve previously having lived where the story is set.


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