Beginner’s Pluck


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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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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Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Danny remembers writing an action driven, high fantasy series about the Prince of Wind, aged 13, “I always wanted to be a writer, but everyone around me said that writing doesn’t feed you bread.” He published…

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Frank Connolly

An investigative journalist for nearly 40 years, covering print and broadcasting mediums, Frank started out as a researcher. He worked in RTE, on many programmes, including the Late Late Show, before turning to print journalism. “I…

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Lucia Gannon

Lucia intended to follow her mother into teaching, but, having failed to find a suit to wear at the interview, had a rethink, and ended up studying medicine. “I qualified in 1984, but it was four…

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Chip Cheek

Chip wrote a novel aged 8, which included the great depression and contained volcanoes. After taking a degree in journalism, he turned to fiction. “During Grad school I focused on short stories – some were published…

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Jessica Andrews

As a child, Jessica spent all her summers in Donegal, where her grandfather is from. “Ireland is my second home,” she says. Jessica is much travelled. She spent an Erasmus year in Santa Cruz, before taking…

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Christina McDonald

Christina has been telling stories as long as she can remember, and has always wanted to be a writer. “I went into journalism as a way to make money from writing.” Graduating in America just after…

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James Butler

James’s mother died when he was 10, leaving him, and his seven siblings in the care of their father, a farm labourer, who treated them with benign neglect. He loved comics, but didn’t develop a love…

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