This year I was lucky enough to be awarded a bursary from the Arts Office in Fingal County Council. It allowed me to take eight weeks off from teaching to complete my young adult novel, “The Gender Switch.” I have been working on this teenage novel for five years and I was delighted to be able to give it the time it deserves. I spent one week completely immersed in the novel in West Cork and the rest of the time revising the final draft at home. Before Christmas I will spend one more week preparing it for submissions to literary agents and publishers in the New Year. Thank you Fingal County Council.