Beginner’s Pluck


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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Adrian Wistreich

Son of a Polish émigré, Adrian grew up in South London, but he boarded from age 8 to 13 at Westminster Abbey Choir School. “I sang at Winston Churchill’s funeral and Princess Anne’s wedding.” After University…

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Beth O’Leary

Beth grew up in Winchester, the youngest of six children. “I spent a lot of time reading and writing, retreating from the noise!” She started out by writing Young Adult fiction. “But The Flat Share was…

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Kealan Ryan

Films have always been Kealan’s thing. As a student he wanted to work behind the camera and write for the screen, and after college, he stayed home and worked with some camera men before settling down,…

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