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Moire O’Sullivan

Moire’s first interest lay in science. And though she was athletic as a child, she dropped netball at 18 to concentrate on the Viola. “I played in the Ulster Youth Orchestra,” she says. After university, Moire…

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Rebecca O’Connor

Brought up in County Cavan, Rebecca initially wanted to study medicine, but she decided on English, and worked in various jobs in London whilst taking her MA. “Afterwards, I got a job as a general assistant…

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Kit De Waal

Reading Kit De Waal’s second novel I lost all sense of time. Transported, I was swept into the world of Mona, a lonely Irish woman who, approaching sixty, thinks back to the early seventies, and the…

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Review. A Normal Family by Henry Norman & Angela Pell

There have been many books about autism published over the years – heartrending accounts of the struggles – the fights for services – and occasionally tales of triumph over adversity – but A Normal Family is…

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Paul Howarth

Paul wasn’t a bookish child, “But I was imaginative,” he says. “There was narrative in the games I played; there were always stories.”  After college, Paul practised law, as a solicitor, for six years. “Then I…

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Lorna Sixsmith

Brought up on a farm, Lorna loved reading. She wrote her own version of the Famous Five. After a year studying dental nursing, she took various jobs in Dublin and London, then she returned to college….

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Charlie Hart

Living in London, Charlie Hart was near breaking point. He’d started various businesses but had given up on them the moment they showed signs of being successful. Deep in grief, after the death of the father…

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Sue Rainsford

Sue has always written prose. “I’ve always read widely too. Every Sunday we went to Waterstones and Hodges Figgis. I read literary fiction with a dash of supernatural YA. I loved Edgar Allen Poe at 10,…

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Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan has absolutely no ambitions. Having studied as an engineer, then a lawyer, he became a civil servant. Happy in his job for twenty years, he only sought promotion twice, gaining it, and moving up…

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Denyse Woods

Cork writer, Denyse Woods, arrives for our Dublin meeting wearing black – her exotic jewellery reflecting her passion for the Arab world. She’s travelled there extensively and, listening, over the years, to stories of the Jinn…

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Jade Sharma

As a child Jade wanted to be a comedian. She used humour to get her mum to laugh when she was in a bad mood. She spent her teenage years in Japan. “It was the perfect…

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Alison Healy

As a child Alison wanted to be Enid Blighton. “I practised her signature. It’s always been at the back of my mind to write a children’s book.”  Alison grew up on a small farm in County…

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