Denise O'Leary
Playwright Novelist Actor

Dimitry Devdariani theatre director
Dimitry Devdariani theatre director


FOOTLOOSE & FEARLESS @ FIFTY+ is a humorous and vivid account of one woman’s attempt to transform her life by adventuring to Latin America and, just for the sake of it, New York on the way back. This is a journey from which she would never look back. It isn’t a story of swank hotels and high living; it is a journey of cheap hostels, hotels and airbnb lodgings.

It describes the catalyst for leaving, the many obstacles she confronts from speaking no Spanish, questioning her own sanity for going in the first place and wondering if she would fit with the other much younger travellers. And, more than anything, there is the three stone bag on wheels containing a stove top coffee pot, hair straighteners, Epilady, 500 vitamins, all manner of lotions and potions and six pairs of gorgeous shoes, none of which were sensible. Glamour at any price!

Ultimately, nothing matters as much as the joy of simply living and observing her new life. There are friendships, earthquakes, planes, boats buses and bicycles. There is a death defying motorbike ride, horse trekking, swimming and an awful lot of walking – practically every inch of Manhattan.

More than anything though, it is an inspirational record of the simple joy of diving in and not being afraid to sample everything plus the realisation that if you want to change your life, the only person stopping you, is you.

Here are the photos to go with the book available on Kindle at £3.99 and in paperback for £7.99 both on Amazon


Lisa Eldridge (Girl AboutThe Globe):
“Denise has a way of writing which pulls you in, entertains and educates you all at the same time. This book is bursting with humorous tales of inspiration from the road, proving that adventures can happen everywhere and anywhere. A fantastic read.”

George Hamilton-Jones Foyles Bookshop:

“A treat for the senses”

Peter Vincent Writer for TV and Radio:
“Wow! As a sophisticated wordsmith I......Wow!”

Trish Parsons:
“I felt that I was there with you.....what a fun and exciting adventure.”
Anthea Courtenay:
“You create really vivid pictures!”
Victoria Johnston:
“You write superbly. Am loving being on your journey with you.”
Lynne O’Sullivan:
“I follow your adventures with interest, fascination and not least admiration.”
Phil Philmar:
“Lovely story telling.”
Joe Devine:
“The best holiday I’ve ever been on!”


Dimitry Devdariani theatre director
Dimitry Devdariani theatre director