From 2008 to 2013 Maeve worked as a volunteer, and later as a manager of the detention support programme of the Oxford based charity Asylum Welcome. Currently she works as an assistant data manager at the Haemophilia Centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. She is studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes tutored by Hannah Lowe and James Hawes.
Maeve is the author of a further five children's books, Just a Boy (2001), Midwinter, (1997), Listen to the Dark (1993), A Summer Dance (1990) and A Gift for A Gift (1990). Her poetry has been published in magazines, anthologies and e-zines, including Mslexia, Prole, Live Canon, and poetandgeek.
Maeve was born in 1960 in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and grew up in Redcar on the north-east coast of England, one of five siblings. She won her first poetry prize at the age of 15 in a national competition organised by The Observer newspaper and judged by Laurie Lee. After reading English at New College, Oxford, she taught English at a language college and published her first children's book, The Witch King, as one of the launch titles of Orchard books in 1988. She married in 1990, and has three children.