Beginner’s Pluck

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Máire T Robinson

A writer from birth, Máire studied film at college, where she wrote screenplays and short films; then she stayed on in Galway working for the youth theatre. “I was studying film production at the time, and…

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Claire-Louise Bennett

  Reading “a lot of rubbish,” as a child, Claire-Louise discovered literature in her late teens. Writing came earlier, but it seemed, to her, to be a completely different endeavour. “I wrote with no sense of…

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Carole Gurnett

Carole Gurnett

As a child, Carole wrote long diary entries and letters to anyone who would reply, and as a teenager she wrote short stories. Some were published, and others shortlisted in competitions. In the late 1990s, she…

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Steve Cavanagh

AS a lawyer, Steve has conducted several high profile cases. In 2010, representing a factory worker, he won the largest award for damages in race discrimination in Northern Ireland’s legal history. In his 20s, he wrote…

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Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly

With a lifelong fascination for history, and especially for the 1916 Rising, Darren never had any particular wish to write. In fact, he thought he was no good at it. After school, he became a roadie,…

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Michael Christie

Michael Christie grew up in a home where literature was greatly valued, but was put on a pedestal, as something normal people couldn’t do. A prolific reader, Michael  did his early writing in secret, and meanwhile…

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Don Cameron

An Articled Accountant, Don worked in Dublin for many years, before going to London. “It was the mid-eighties. Everyone was leaving Ireland, he says.” He spent time there working for semi-state bodies, and ended up in…

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Catherine Doyle

Catherine remembers her mother saying, ‘regular pocket money must be earned, but you will always be supplied with books.’ “I read voraciously. I’d read 100 books for library readathons. And reading turned naturally to writing. Initially…

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Andrew Fox

Andrew wrote ‘the usual horrendous poetry,’ and song lyrics when he was in school, then in college, he started writing in earnest. “I began to write in a structured, serious way when I was having to…

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Colm Scully

Colm Scully

Colm has always dabbled in poetry, but it’s only in the past six years or so that he’s begun to take it seriously. “Before that, life got in the way,” he says. He was working as…

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Róisín Fitzpatrick

Graduating with a business degree, Róisín worked for the European Commission; then after taking a Masters, moved to London and worked at the European Bank. When she contracted the illness ME – she was forced to…

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Miranda Sherry

Miranda was scared of failing at writing, so she studied drama to get affirmation. Gaining a diploma, she got a job she loved as a voice artist for children’s television. “I was a puppeteer and I…

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