Shannon Yee (Sickels) is an award-winning writer and producer. Her perspectives as an immigrant, ethnic minority, queer artist-parent with a disability living in NI are deeply embedded in her work. Shannon has been fortunate to receive a number of awards and grants, including the ACNI Major Individual Artist Award (2017). Most notably, her Reassembled, Slightly Askew sonically immerses audiences in her autobiographical experience of nearly dying and subsequent acquired brain injury (www.reassembled.co.uk) and has toured locally, nationally and internationally in arts festivals and medical training settings since 2015. Shannon’s first short story, ‘The Brightening Up Side’, published in Belfast Stories (Doire Press, 2019), addresses new motherhood, racism and tenacity in North Belfast. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories, a dance film commission called Pandemic Parenting: Pandemonium, and a children’s book based on lockdown’s impact of young children’s mental health. Shannon is also an LGBTQ+ activist; in 2005 her and her partner were the 1st public civil partnership in the UK. Her short story Thumbnails is published in Queer Love: An Anthology of Irish Fiction. (www.s-yee.co.uk)
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