Rhea Boyden is the Irish-born daughter of American parents. After a childhood spent in rural Ireland, she spent a year in California taking dance and drama classes. She then studied at the University of North Carolina, and at the University of Tuebingen in Southern Germany. She has been visiting Berlin since the early 90′s and moved there in January 2000. She lived in Berlin until August 2014 before relocating to Dublin where she now continues to review music collaborating with PHEVER: TV-Radio as well as reviewing art exhibits at various galleries and museums. She has a BA in German language and literature, and has taught business English and translated at many companies in Berlin including a particle accelerator and a chocolate factory. She loves to bake things out of chocolate for her friends and is currently writing an autobiographical cookbook. She had her article about her life in Berlin published in The Irish Times magazine ‘The Gloss’, her Documenta Contemporary Art show review published in Roll Magazine, New York and has been published in Multicoolty Magazine and The Juniper Tree Anthology. She has written articles and weekly opera and theatre previews for the Berlin online magazine Slow Travel Berlin, and has also co-authored a Berlin guidebook entitled ‘100 Favourite Places’ for the magazine as well as contributing to ‘Stories from the City- A Berlin Anthology.’ Her review of the Berlin Biennale 8 Contemporary art exhibit featured on the Ahorn TV Website- A German-Canadian TV Show on a multicultural channel in Canada. She loves poetry and literature of all kinds and held a position as moderator on a panel of five debut novelists at the Cuirt International Literature festival 2017, in Galway, Ireland. She loves sports and is a keen cyclist and swimmer.


At PHEVER: TV-Radio studios, Dublin with PHEVER boss DJ Dean Sherry (right) and Glen Brady aka DJ Wool. Photo by DJ Pablo C


At Cuirt International Literature Festival in Galway 2017. Photo courtesy of Cuirt Press office.

With pioneering Irish DJ Aoife Nic Canna on a music review panel on PHEVER: TV – Radio Dublin – October 2018


Photo by Marha Valseca Ruiz-October 2016

Rhea lace photo 001

Photo by Euan Davidson-October 2013


Photo by Johanna Ruebel for Gloss Magazine with the Irish Times- July 2012

5 Responses to “About”

  1. Nicole June 16, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    Hi Rhea,

    My name is Nicole and I also live in Dublin. I found your blog completely by chance after searching for Maeve Binchy. I ready several of her blog posts and love the one about Murakami. I also found a great quote from you aboout being childless. I´d be interested in talking to you about this project https://twitter.com/UteroV to see if you have any interest in taking part. If not, coffee in a Dublin cafe just for fun would also work 🙂




  2. Maeve Mulrennan October 22, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    Dear Rhea
    Hi, my name isMaeve Mulrennan and I am the programmer for the 2017 Cúirt International Festival of Literature. I would love if you could be involved on a panel at the next festival, taking place from 23- 30 April 2017. I read in your bio that you are working on an autobiographical cookbook. Is there a publishing date for that? If the cookbook is not ready or you do not want to do anything with that then maybe you could chair a panel discussion with writers? I don’t have anything specific in mind yet.

    • rheahboyden October 22, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Maeve, yes, I would love to talk to you about this. Do give me a call on 0877217711 Regards, Rhea

  3. Shaun Hume May 6, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    Hi Rhea,

    My name is Shaun and I’m an author, just wondering if you consider reviewing books, in exchange for a free ebook copy?

    Here is a link to my YA fantasy novel (Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith) on amazon, so you can have a look and decide if it may or may not be something you would be interested in reading – http://amzn.eu/6FjYTA3

    Thanks for taking the time to consider my enquiry, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,

  4. Tom Halpin February 28, 2022 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi Rhea, the Tara brooch piece is made by my wife. We also supply Newgrange with some pieces and we’re currently working on some new Tara Brooch pieces. You can see a little more of our work here.. magpiart.com

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