"Her story was phenomenal, and really shows anything is possible."

Pauline O’Connor is an author and speaker who shares her experience with brain injury and of living with PKU, a rare inherited metabolic disease. Her first career was in winemaking, and she provides copywriting services for the drinks trade, PKU patient organisations, and brain injury charities.

A sports injury in 2014 led to a bleed in Pauline's brain. This was truly a life-changing injury, and Pauline began document her recovery in writing. Her experience led to a desire to raise awareness of brain injury in the community. Pauline's debut memoir was published with Routledge in 2020: Living with Mild Brain Injury: the difficulties of diagnosis and recovery from post-concussion syndrome.

Pauline was diagnosed at birth with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare inherited metabolic disorder. Her second book, Living with PKU, shares her discoveries, lessons, and mistakes from over forty years of living with PKU. This book, along with recipies on this website, will assist others who are managing this tricky condition.

Pauline is available to create & edit content on wine, PKU, brain injury, or mental wellbeing. Please see 'Services' for details and examples, or contact Pauline now to discuss your requirements.

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Pauline O’Connor is an author and speaker who shares her experience with brain injury, and of PKU (a rare inherited metabolic disease). After injury interrupted her career in the wine trade, Pauline turned to writing. She works with patient organisations and charities to help others with similar conditions.


Bachelor in Viticulture and Oenology, Lincoln University, NZ.
Diploma in Wines & Spirits, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, London, UK


NSPKU: the national charity for people living with the rare metabolic condition Phenylketonuria (PKU). If you have PKU, or care for someone who does, they offer support and information. https://www.nspku.org/join-nspku/

Society of Authors: the UK trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. They offer a contract vetting service and other helpful advice for new authors. Eligibility and membership information at https://societyofauthors.org/join

ALCS: the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society are a a not-for-profit organisation. They work to ensure you receive the money you’re entitled to as a writer when someone copies or uses your work. They collect money from all over the world, then pay it out twice a year. Please join now, you may be missing out on money which you have earned. https://www.alcs.co.uk/