Latest News

New Anthology From IsleWrite

With works from thirty writers, twentythirty celebrates the first twenty years of IsleWrite.


'Beautifully designed and lovingly crafted, this outstanding anthology by IsleWrite offers an immersive experience.'

Madeleine F White, Editor, Write On! Magazine


'This collection of short stories and poetry by authors and poets in Thanet is an inspiring example of talent being nurtured by a supportive community of creative writers. Congratulations IsleWrite!'

Kiki Case, Editor, Isle Magazine



Patricia has been a member of IsleWrite for over a decade. She is proud to have one of her stories included in this anthology and to have assisted with the editorial process.


Based on the Isle of Thanet - glorious, history-redolent and more than slightly special - IsleWrite is a group supporting writers from all walks of life, many from other countries who have found their way to Kent. Some have written from an early age, others are early in their writing journey. Some write fiction - short stories, novels and plays; some write memoir; others prefer poetry. Each has a story to telling individual successes are are celebrated by all. In addition to sharing work, the group hosts guests speakers, conducts workshops and runs writing competitions.

For further information please visit IsleWrite


Saturday 26 September 2020

Patricia's story, Grand Aspirations, was shortlisted for the Thanet Writers Short Story 2020 Award.

All shortlisted stories are to be published in an anthology.

August 2020

Patricia was pleased that her narration of the first chapter of The Lost Madonna by Denise E Gow was played over the course of three nights - 3 - 5 August 2020 - on BBC Radio Kent.


'Absolutely WOW! Amazingly written (by Denise Gow) and brilliantly narrated by Patricia Mahoney. Incredible.'

Leo Ulph, BBC Radio.


Mirror, Mirror

Commissioned by Carousel Players, St Catharines, Canada

Cast: 3F


There is sometimes a stage in a woman’s life when she looks at her daughter and sees herself and looks in the mirror and sees her mother.


Mirror, Mirror is a collage of the writing of some of Canada’s leading women writers (Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Fraser, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro and Gabrielle Roy) selected and adapted by Patricia Mahoney for the stage to portray the complexities of female relationships particularly the bond between mother and daughter. 


First produced by Carousel Players at The Studio Theatre, St Catharines, Canada and then on tour. 

Directed by Des Davis

Cast: Winn Bray, Faye Davis and Patricia Mahoney


Subsequent productions included Victoria Playhouse Petrolia and

Opus Productions, Hamilton, Canada.


‘warm, human, touching… lovely, lovely piece of work.’ 

Hamilton Spectator


'dramatically exciting'

St Catharines Standard


This Foreign Land

Commissioned by the Blyth Festival, Canada

Written by Patricia Mahoney with the This Foreign Land Company

Cast 4M/3F


This Foreign Land is based on interviews with people living in the Blyth, Ontario area who had emigrated from Europe after the Second World War. Through songs and stories, the play traces the journeys  of those who traded the familiarity of their homeland for life in a new country with a different language and culture - a foreign land. The joys, the hilarity and the traumas of families who threw over the past for a fresh beginning settling the farms, towns and cities of South Western Ontario are chronicled through their stories.


First produced at the Blyth Memorial Theatre, Blyth, Canada as the opening play of The Blyth Summer Festival '79.

Directed by James Roy

Cast: Anne Anglin, Richard Budzinski, Layne Coleman, Mary Ann Coles, Peter Elliott, Sam Malkin and Seana McKenna


‘A delight… It’s in shows such as this that there’s the basis for a true popular Canadian theatre.’  Gina Mallet, The Toronto Star


‘A winner… impressive… mixes warmth, humour with generosity of spirit with perceptive observation.’  Doug Bale, London Free Press


‘Splendid… a genuine feel for its community.’  Jamie Portman, Southam News Service


Plays for children and young people


Commissioned by Carousel Players, St Catharines, Canada

Written by Patricia Mahoney and Jackie Holt

A play for young people aged 11 - 13.

Cast: 3M/2F


Chloe, a young Inuit girl, is returning home to Calumet from the south where she has been completing her formal education. While she has been away, Don, her brother has been made Chief. But estrangement between brother and sister is more obvious than joy, It is the eve of the Berger Enquiry into the gas pipeline slated to run through the MacKenzie River Delta, and fresh hostilities  have surfaced in this small town, Now, as Chloe must decide where she stands on this issue, both within her family and within her community, a new dimension of her education begins. Pipeline does not attempt to judge. It reports the fears and apprehensions of every day people and the home spun humour that gets them through.


The play is based on the transcripts of the Berger Enquiry hearings.


First produced by Carousel Players, Canada.

Directed by Des Davis

Cast: Winn Bray, Tom Hall, John Sweeney, Chris Kelk and Patricia Mahoney


Subsequent production by Theatre Go Round, Canada. 


From Sea to Sea

Written by Patricia Mahoney

A play for young people in aged 11 - 13.

Cast: 3M/2F


A play about the birth of a country - Canada.


‘Confederation can be one of the most boring topics in any history book…. But, Theatre Go Round brings it to life…. This play may have been written, designed and played for students but it is certainly suitable for an older audience. It convinced me, a long term history student, that the Confederation story was really an exciting experience.’

John Knisely, The Advertiser Topic


 First produced by Theatre Go Round, Canada.



Commissioned by Theatre Go Round, Canada

Written by Patricia Mahoney

A participation play for children aged 4 - 8.

Cast: 3M / 2F


Eight year old Jason had it made. Everyone in Midtown said so. Everyone said if he kept playing hockey the way he did he would grow up to be greater than Wayne Gretzky. Everyone called him Flash. That was before the accident - the freak accident. Everyone said it was a shame. Everyone sent cards and flowers. No one calls him Flash anymore, but he has heard people whisper Freak


Freak is a play about Jason’s struggle to cope with his new life in a wheelchair. It examines not only his battle with the physical restraints imposed on him, but also his difficulties in dealing with the often unintentional cruelty of both children and adults.


The children in the story are played by actors and the students. The adults are portrayed by colourful, giant, soft, ‘mob’ puppets.


First produced by Theatre Go Round, Canada.



'Storyline most appropriate for children in today's schools. Play had an exceptional amount of meaning for children.' Errol Public School


'FREAK took a positive approach to a sensitive topic and handled it extremely well.' South Plympton School


'Excellent - with good possibilities for follow-up.' Riverview Central School.

New Play in Search of a Producer

Rules of the Game

by Patricia Mahoney

Cast 4M/1F (plus additional characters on video) 

‘Ever feel like you’re in a rut? Like you’ve lost control of your life? Like you want to break free - chuck it all in - see the world - have that REALLY BIG ADVENTURE?

Know the feeling?


Well, sometimes you just have to take the plunge.’


Rules of the Game follows four young professionals who chuck in their jobs and predicable lives to take the plunge. They meet for the first time on a beach in paradise. But something goes wrong - they find they are out of their depth and no longer know the rules of the game.


Short stories, flash fiction and poetry

Patricia is an award winning writer of short stories, flash fiction and poetry. Most recently, her work has been published  in the following anthologies or online sites.


19 September 2019

Patricia's short story, Autumn Break was published online by Thanet Writers.

To read - click here  Thanet Writers


23 August 2019

Patricia's Memory Sonnet was published online by Thanet Writers.

To read - click here  Thanet Writers 


 8 May 2019

Finding the Internal Rhythm of a Character - an essay by Patricia, was published online by 

 Thanet Writers 


11 March 2019

Patricia's short story, Song of a Child, was published online by Thanet Writers 


15 October 2018

Patricia's short story, Post, was published online by Thanet Writers.


10 September 2018

Patricia's short story, Your Shout, was published online by Thanet Writers.


11 June 2018

Patricia's short story, The Call, was published online by Thanet Writers.


Patricia's story, Peace in a Time of Net Curtains, was published in the

 150 Canadian Stories of Peace.


The anthology was compiled to mark Canada's 150 years of Confederation and 

was published in November 2017.


The anthology is available through Canadian booksellers and Amazon.



5 *****  Amazon 

'What a wonderful way to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!'


Patricia belongs to the writing group, IsleWrite

Many of her short stories, poems and even a short scene have been published in the following anthologies. 


IsleWrite 2011

Kissed Off

Thanks for the Memories 

Long Hairs and Short Tales

Winter Words 

Small Things

Dancing With Lydia

and most recently

twentythirty - an anthology celebrating twenty years of IsleWrite


IsleWrite is a group of Thanet writers who meet from 2.00pm - 5.00pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Broadstairs Library.  Zoom meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month.