Beginner’s Pluck

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Nick Richards

Mark and Shane met on the first day of college and have been good friends since. In 1998, when Shane was in Dublin, and Mark in Limerick, they would email back and forth and they invented…

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Fiona Gartland

A huge Enid Blyton fan, Fiona read to stave of childhood boredom. She became a dental nurse, eventually working at The Dublin Dental University Hospital, but when her children came along she took an eight-year career…

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Lynn Buckle.

A voracious, indiscriminate reader, Lynn’s first love has always been art. “Painting was my thing.” Lynn spent a year after university working for the civil service, then the county council as a groundsman, before attending art…

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Seymour Cresswell

Whilst he’s always loved to write, early on, Seymour tinkered more with acting. “At Trinity, after two years of dodging Players, I was asked to do a part. I got noticed and did a number of…

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Adrian Harte

Adrian came from a bookish family of five kids. “I’ve always loved reading. We went to the library in Ballybay at least once a week.”  Wanting to be a writer, he remembers sending short stories out…

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Breda Joy

Breda has always had a good imagination, and she’s been writing for most of her life. “I’ve been tinkering with poems, plays and short stories. And I tried my hand at two novels which are now…

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Louise Hall

Louise always read. “I read anything going. I started with Judy Blume and went on to Marian Keyes.” During college holidays Louise worked in a travel agency, and when she graduated the company gave her a…

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Atoosa Sepehr

Atoosa was always interested in food, she was never allowed into the kitchen. “Mum said education was my job and cooking was hers. She loved food. So much love went into it.” After university Atoosa did…

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Wendy Erskine

Wendy had a wonderful English teacher in primary school. “An afternoon each week was dedicated to story writing. She would put up a picture to inspire us, and bring in mars bars for us to eat.”…

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Hannah Begbie

Hannah discovered the power of narrative aged 8. “I wrote a story about, ‘X’ and my classmates thought it was about one of them. It wasn’t.” She wrote a journal, every day from aged nine until…

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Helen Cullen

Helen didn’t start writing until she was 30. “I thought authors were born and not made. I had the desire to write before then, but not the confidence.” “I spent my college summers working in RTE….

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Darragh Martin

As a child, Darragh wanted to be a journalist. Whilst at school, he had work experience in the then Cork Examiner’s Dublin office. “I had a tiny news article published,” he says. During college he had…

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