Beginner’s Pluck


Caroline Preston

As a solicitor, a partner and head of department at A &L Goodbody, Caroline’s writing was confined to letters and reports. And when she came across some interesting family history, researched it, and wanted to write…

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Sara Alexander

Sara Alexander

Sara started acting at 9 years old. In work ever since, in the theatre film and TV, (apart from breaks to travel,) she’s appeared in Harry Potter, Dr Who and Franco Zeffirelli’s Sparrow. Writing came to…

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McMenamin, Ciaran c. Michael Shelford

Ciaran McMenamin

Always good at creative writing, Ciaran parted company with school before taking his A’levels. After a while he left Enniskillen for Glasgow to attend drama school. Then, moving to London, he began to act, and has…

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Lisa Harding

Loving languages, Lisa aimed to join the European parliament, but at university she got wrapped up in Trinity Players. After a year spent travelling she studied acting, then spent four years in Ireland, appearing in The…

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Peter Dunne

The son of writer Lee Dunne, Peter started writing in his teens. And, after penning some terrible novels, he got a publishing deal at 25. “I was thrilled, but it fell apart very quickly, because I…

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Conor Bowman

Conor decided to be a writer at 14, when his English teacher, Des Egan, said, ‘Books don’t always have to be written by other people.’ “That really impacted on me,” says Conor.  He wrote poems and…

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George Costigan

A former failed accountant, record salesman and wood-cutter, George then became an actor. After drama school, he joined the Liverpool Everyman, where he met writers Alan Bleasdale, Willie Russell and Chris Bond. “By the end of…

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Ger Reidy

Son of a farmer, Ger wasn’t a reader  because on a farm there was always something to be done. “I came to literature as a teenager through the lyrics of Bob Dylan and Tom Waites.” After…

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Alan McMonagle

As a child Alan penned epic adventure and science fiction stories, but he stopped writing for many years. After school, he took a diploma, then he drifted through his twenties. “I spent time in London and…

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Ally Bunbury

Ally was brought up in a beautiful but basic rambling house in Monaghan, with three sisters and 56 varieties of animals including ponies, a pig, and a goat. Between school and college  she spent a year…

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Andrew Tierney

An architectural historian, Andrew has taught in various places, including UCD – where he specialised in The Irish Country House, and Liverpool, where he taught Irish Studies. He works for the Buildings of Ireland charitable trust,…

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Stephan Abarbanell

Stephan always liked writing, and especially loved telling his children stories. “I was always starting books – I   was the king of great beginnings – but I could never finish a one. There was always the…

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