Maggie gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Support for the Individual Artist scheme for a number of writing projects, including the Handsome Cabin Girl.
In 2018 Maggie was awarded funding from the DoE (Department of the Economy) to undertake a full time PhD into The lived experiences and unique challenges facing female theatre practitioners in Northern Ireland.
In 2013, her play Greenstick Boy was chosen to be performed at the Bozar, Brussels as part of the Arts Council Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.
Also in 2013, she was selected to be a participant of the Fishamble /Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire Mentorship Programme, a year-long initiative for playwrights and directors led by Gavin Kostick and Jim Culleton.
In 2010, her short film script Only Connect was a TAPS Finalist, in the Writers Search, Belfast. This won a place on the three-day workshop led by Sam Snape, and Diane Culverhouse.
In 2009, Maggie was awarded a “No Alibis” Bookshop Bursary towards her creative writing MA fees.
In 2008, Greenstick Boy was supported by Culture Ireland (Arts Council Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaion) and Queen’s University Belfast’s “Dragon’s Den” initiative.
In 2008, she also won Belfast Telegraph’s Woman of the Year in the Arts Category
In 1996, A Most Notorious Woman won the Stewart Parker Trust/BBC Radio Drama Award and the Belfast City Council/Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, regional bursary. This led to selection to a week-long workshop led by Graham Whybrow (ex-literary manager at The Royal Court) at Annaghmakerrig.