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Damian Barr

Last year, Damian Barr lived in terror, worried that he would die. He wasn’t sick; he didn’t face danger; but he couldn’t bear the thought that his debut novel might not see the light of day….

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Homan Potterton

In 2002, when the former Director of the National Gallery, Homan Potterton, brought out his childhood memoir, he didn’t expect that many people would read it. So, when it received positive reviews, and sold extremely well,…

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Jing-Jing Lee

Brought up in a house without books, speaking Mandarin, Jing-Jing was never read to. She discovered books aged 7, at school. “I loved Roald Dahl. I remember listening to audio tapes, as I read.”  During her…

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Claire Adam

Books were scarce in Trinidad, when Claire was growing up there, but she was lucky. “My mum, who is Irish, opened a book shop in our basement.” Claire always kept notebooks, but when it came to…

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Samuel Thompson

There’s been a wealth of fiction coming from Northern Ireland of late, and much of it focuses on the troubles. We’ve heard the story of terrorists; of victims; and of people whose normal lives have been…

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Richard Roper

Richard remembers arguing with his mother about the number of books he could take out of the library. “I was always reading,” he says. “And at university I was a tortured writer of terrible poetry. It…

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Tim MacGabhann

Tim has been writing novels since he was 15. Leaving Dublin shortly after starting a PhD, he fled to Mexica, and taught English. “After nine months, I met a load of foreign correspondents, and thought they…

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Anna Stuart

A lifelong reader, Anna wrote a book about boarding school aged 10. Leaving university, she moved to Lancashire working in production management in Courtaulds textiles. “I loved it, but I wanted to get into marketing, and…

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Margaret Daly. A Tribute

The first rule of author interviewing, is don’t, ever, be late. Especially if the writer has flown in and has a packed-out schedule for the day. But once, when I was due to meet the duo…

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Joseph O’Connor

Arriving to interview Joseph O’Connor, I got locked into an apartment carpark next door to the hotel; when I tell Joe this, he launches into a narrative, about what else might go wrong for me today….

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Sheila Forsey

A farmer’s daughter, and youngest of three, Sheila grew up listening to stories of the fifties when emigration was rife. “My father was a seannachie, and the village I lived in was steeped in drama. I…

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Peter Money

Peter Money

As a child Peter moved from California to Vermont, and then on to Cape Cod. Originally, Peter wanted to be a theatre major, but his months studying in Dublin changed all that. “I had my awakening…

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