Beginner’s Pluck


Adrian Harte

Adrian came from a bookish family of five kids. “I’ve always loved reading. We went to the library in Ballybay at least once a week.”  Wanting to be a writer, he remembers sending short stories out…

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Breda Joy

Breda has always had a good imagination, and she’s been writing for most of her life. “I’ve been tinkering with poems, plays and short stories. And I tried my hand at two novels which are now…

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Louise Hall

Louise always read. “I read anything going. I started with Judy Blume and went on to Marian Keyes.” During college holidays Louise worked in a travel agency, and when she graduated the company gave her a…

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Atoosa Sepehr

Atoosa was always interested in food, she was never allowed into the kitchen. “Mum said education was my job and cooking was hers. She loved food. So much love went into it.” After university Atoosa did…

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Wendy Erskine

Wendy had a wonderful English teacher in primary school. “An afternoon each week was dedicated to story writing. She would put up a picture to inspire us, and bring in mars bars for us to eat.”…

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Hannah Begbie

Hannah discovered the power of narrative aged 8. “I wrote a story about, ‘X’ and my classmates thought it was about one of them. It wasn’t.” She wrote a journal, every day from aged nine until…

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Helen Cullen

Helen didn’t start writing until she was 30. “I thought authors were born and not made. I had the desire to write before then, but not the confidence.” “I spent my college summers working in RTE….

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Darragh Martin

As a child, Darragh wanted to be a journalist. Whilst at school, he had work experience in the then Cork Examiner’s Dublin office. “I had a tiny news article published,” he says. During college he had…

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Karl McDermott

Karl has always loved comedy. “We only had one TV channel when I was growing up, and I was obsessed with old black and white movies. I loved comedians like Danny Kaye and old Bob Hope…

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Joe Heap

Writing since he was 12, Joe completed four novels once he left university. “They went to agents but were all turned down.” Meanwhile, he was working as a sub titler, for news and sports. “You repeat…

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Tadhg Coakley

A lifelong, avid reader, Tadhg never thought that he could be a writer. After university he worked as a librarian and environmental researcher, starting in Cork City Library, then transferring to Cork Institute of Technology. “I…

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Charlene Allcott

As a child Charlene loved books. “I hung around in the library all day, and I wrote stories for friends at school, and for the school newspaper. But I didn’t think of myself as a writer….

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