Staff profile

Dr Daithí McMahon


Senior Lecturer in Media

Subject

Media and Cultural Studies

College

College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department

School of Arts

Campus

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Email

d.mcmahon@derby.ac.uk

About

My background is as writer, director and producer for radio, particularly radio/audio drama for which I have won multiple international awards and critical acclaim. I am a Senior Lecturer in Media and Programme Leader for the BA Radio Production specialising in radio/audio production and scriptwriting. I continue to write and produce radio productions and artistic audio pieces including, more recently, ambisonic audio drama. 

 

Teaching responsibilities

I primarily teach modules radio, audio and podcast production and scriptwriting across both undergraduate and postgraduate media programmes. At undergraduate level, I teach on the BA Media Production and the BA Radio Production. I also teach and supervisor dissertations on the MA Writing for Performance programme. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate final year projects across a number of media including audio drama, feature length film and long form drama screenplay projects. I am also regularly involved in collaborative projects that work across a number of programmes within the University.

Professional interests

I love radio and audio in all its forms. I continue to write, direct, produce and executive produce radio dramas and documentaries. I also have a growing interest in TV/film production including screenwriting for long form TV drama and short and feature length films.

Research interests

My doctoral thesis explored the impact of Facebook on the Irish Radio Industry and my other research interests are in media convergence, the digitalisation of radio and young radio audience's uses of radio. I am also a multi award-winning radio playwright and producer and continue to practice in this capacity. I am currently experimenting with ambisonic audio drama through the multidisciplinary collaborative project When the Boys Come Home involving University of Derby students as well as other podcast and oral history projects including Our Story: A History of the Irish in Derby with The Derby Irish Association. I am involved as leader of the Media Unit of S.H.E.D. The Artistry of Conversation research project led by Dr Rhiannon Jones.

I would be happy to hear from other academics interested in collaborating on future research projects in the above or related areas.

Qualifications

PhD, MA, PGCHE, FHEA, BSc 

Recent conferences

Conference Papers

Experience in industry

I am a multi-award winning and critically acclaimed playwright, director, performer, producer, editor and sound engineer with a wealth of experience in writing and media production, particularly in radio/audio. During that time I have built a strong body of radio productions in live and pre-produced formats with the bulk being radio drama, documentary or docu-drama productions. Below is a list of my work to date.

Authored & Produced Projects

Produced Projects

* New York Festivals International Radio Award Winner
** Prix Europa Nominee
† PPI Radio Award Winner †‡ PPI Award Nominee
†† Writers' Guild of Ireland Zebbie Award Nominee

International experience

In the media

I am generally available to the media to discuss matters related to my work and research.

Recent publications