About Sue Leonard


A Journalist and Ghostwriter, Sue is the co-author of two recent number one bestsellers:  Whispering Hope, the True Story of the Magdalene Women, (Orion 2015,) and An Act of Love with Marie Fleming, recounting Marie’s extraordinary life, and fight for the right to die with dignity.(Hachette Ireland, 2014)

She has worked on four other books as a ghost writer, two, for Penguin Ireland, were best sellers. She is the author of Keys to the Cage (New Island, 2010)

As a journalist, Sue has written for The Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner, The Evening Herald, Image Magazine, and numerous other publications. A former columnist with the Evening Herald she currently writes the ‘Beginner’s Pluck’ book column for the Irish Examiner, and the Debut Roundup Column for Books Ireland. She has interviewed countless authors, including nine winners of the Man Booker Prize.


Chairing War Literature at the Dalkey Book Festival 2014, with Jennifer Johnston, Lia Mills and Nelofer Pazira.

She has given guest lectures on Freelance Journalism and Ghost-writing, , and will be teaching Feature Writing at The Irish Writer’s Centre in the Autumn; a subject she taught at The West Cork Literary Festival in 2011.

She also gives public interviews; including Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Fay Weldon, Anne Enright, Kate Mosse and Linda Grant.


You can contact Sue here.