I’ve written and performed stand up since 2005 including my own one-woman show, The Outsider. The show chartered how I became the only London-Scottish, Austrian-German speaking, black, lesbian comic despite being British, straight and white!
I’m currently working on a comedy drama – Mabel & Me and my first novel.
Besides the MY Blogs section featuring posts about some of my favourite films and novels, you’ll find below links to a selection of some of the magazine articles I’ve written. Happy Reading!
wonderfully accessible – Mickey Noonan, Editor Standard Issue Magazine
Maureen consistently delivers well-written and engaging copy and on time! She presents her unique take on any topic with a healthy serving of wit and intelligent humour. She is always a delight to work with and her writing a delight to read – Jayne Phenton, Editor Her Edit
Berlin – City of Women
Review of a great exhibition in a great city featuring the lives of 20 women who refused to be bowed down by the social mores of the time
MY Outlander – My Blog for Standard Issue on Season 2 of Outlander
Going It Alone – Her Edit Magazine
I share my experience of backpacking around the world where heels and cocktail dresses were travel essentials and being British gives me a special perspective on the world . This is back-packing in style!
I take a look at how Angela Merkel went from working as a physicist specialising in quantum chemistry in the communist DDR to become the most successful politician in modern German history.
With Eurovision about to waltz into Vienna, as a former resident I reflect on my time in the city. Three decades on, I find a capital still alive with humour and friendship.
The UK lies in a poxy 70th place when it comes to the percentage of women in national parliaments. I chatted to Stand Up For Women director Dr Sasha Rakoff about how comedy might help address the imbalance.
In my series on great women thinkers, I look at Emmy Noether, one of the 20th century’s greatest mathematical brains.
On the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombing raids, I examine how the bombing of Dresden represents a moral maze which remains with us today.
Thinking of organising a charity comedy night? Need to get some comics on board? Then these tips may be of help!
In honour of National Storytelling Week, I recommend some of my favourite German novels.
Marking the anniversary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir, one of feminism’s key thinkers, I explain why de Beauvoir is – unfortunately – still important today.
La Fete Du Cinema (or the French Film Festival UK, if you’d rather) was a great excuse for me to tell Standard Issue about my favourite Gallic flicks.
The little-known true story of how, in the aftermath of World War II, the Trümmerfrauen (rubble women) took on the painstaking labour involved in rebuilding Germany.
Featuring 200 objects tracing history over the last 600 years, I take a look round Germany: Memories of a Nation is an insightful look into the country’s past and present.
I’m in the audience this time and get the lowdown on hacking scandal satire, Great Britain.
A Run Down on the Benefits of Comedy Nights Featuring All-Female Line Ups.
An unstinting campaigner for human rights, Helen Bamber died in August, aged 89. I recall a wonderful example of a life well lived.
Celebrating International Day of European Languages, I take a look at why it’s important to speak the lingo (or two).
An Overview of the Edinburgh Festival
There’s a lot of new comedy talent coming through. These are just a few of the acts you should keep a look out for.
Interviews on Birds on the Blog with Clare Summerskill