Gaia Charis lives and works in West Cork. As a freelance writer and independent researcher she covers a broad spectrum of fields and genres, from commercial copywriting to social campaigning, speech writing and presentation preparation, qualitative data analysis and report writing.
Gaia has diverse and extensive experience in the world of information, words and communication. Prior to becoming a writer and researcher she has worked in education, teaching students from the ages of four to fifty-four. She has taught English and Drama in infant, junior, secondary and special schools, Sociology and study skills to adult learners and has worked in research and lecturing in Education and Social Policy at University level.
She has a strong commitment to social issues, particularly in the areas of disability and gender. She has produced a number of articles on the social dynamics and semiotics of disability, which have been featured and quoted in national media, and she has been a columnist for Carer's Voice magazine. She is currently completing a book on the psychology of masculinity and is a regular writer for Cork Feminista.
Gaia’s commercial experience is diverse, covering advertising copy, website content, CD cover text, slogans, straplines and personalised quotes for business cards, T-shirts and greetings cards.
She writes both creative prose and poetry for personal enjoyment and expression and has had pieces of short fiction published and short-listed for various awards.