Beginner’s Pluck

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Jax Miller

After a difficult early life, Jax dropped out of school, and hitchhiked around America. There were bouts of drug taking and homelessness. At 22, in rehab, her Born Again Christian  counsellor suggested she write a journal,…

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M.O. Walsh

M.O. Walsh has been writing since the 8th grade, when he discovered literature through Edgar Allan Poe. It’s all he’s ever wanted to do. Since finally leaving college at 27, he has been teaching creative writing;…

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Oisin Fagan

Oisín has been writing since he was 9. At 19 he dropped out of college for a year, to be a writer. “I wrote full time, and worked nights. Then I went back to complete my…

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Kelly Creighton

After college Kelly worked in a special school, then she worked with adults who had learning difficulties. Once her four children were born, she trained as an arts facilitator, and though she was interested in writing,…

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Caitriona Lally

Interested in science, Caitriona started studying speech therapy at college, but she dropped out, took a year out, and studied English. “Then I went to Japan to teach for a year with my boyfriend, then we…

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David Shafer

David credits his father for his love of books. He studied journalism with the hope of becoming an inteprid investiagative reporter, but soon found it was a career he wasn’t suited for. “I wrote for a…

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Gavin McCrea

Gavin’s mother gave him a love of books. “She left school at 14, but discovered reading when she was having children. It was a modest upbringing but we were always surrounded by good books.” After college…

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Hugh O’Donovan

After a short spell at teacher training college, Hugh joined the Irish army. “Loving the idea of the outdoors, I got a cadetship at 17 and stayed for 23 years. I had a whizz time!” During…

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Tim McCormick

Tim taught in India with the VSO after college, then moved to London to study accountancy. Back in Dublin, he joined the National Irish Investment Bank, where he remained until 1990. “After that I lectured in…

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Maria Murphy

Maria Murphy

In her early 20s Maria was in a folk group, and she started writing lyrics, and some poetry. But it wasn’t until 2004, when she joined a creative writing group that she started taking writing seriously….

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Renee Knight

Leaving school at 16, Renee took a secretarial course, with French A’Level, then she started temping at the BBC. “And I stayed. I worked my way up the ladder, and became a documentary maker. Then I…

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Sheena Lambert

As a child, Sheena had little interest in books. She was into science and maths, and she became an engineer working in waste management. “I was on landfill sites a lot, it was all wellingtons and…

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