Cassidy's journey has taken him from journalism, through film making to creative writing. His shift from fact to fiction came in 2007 when he was commissioned by Amnesty International to make a short drama on human rights. Success followed with his 2008 Irish Film Board funded "Whatever Turns You On" scooping major awards at film festivals around the world, culminating in its consideration for the Oscars in 2010 after its Best Short Film win in Aspen, Colorado that year. A move to Hollywood was abandoned at the news that his father, an artist who had been a key inspiration for the film maker, was suffering from terminal cancer. Cassidy's debut novel 'Pins and Needles' had set out as an idea for a film script. It became a book, instead, developed and written in Ireland with his father over the period leading to and after his death in November 2014. Cassidy walked the section of the Camino de Santiago upon which the book is set over ten times during the writing of the novel.
"I could wallpaper a bedroom with the certificates you get for walking the Camino at this point," he jokes, "but The Way has become incredibly important to me. Each time I've walked it I've had a completely unique experience with new people to meet and new insights to realise."
Cassidy is currently developing the book's sequel 'Sticks and Stones' which will see a return of some of the first novel's characters and the introduction of new ones.
"Working in film is very enjoyable with the controlled madness of the set and the collaborations with so many talented people," remarks Cassidy. "There's something about writing a book, though, that is truly satisfying. You sit in a coffee shop in some obscure corner of the world and bring all these characters to life. Then, like a worried parent, you send them out in the world, hoping that they'll make a few friends and avoid getting bullied."