Beginner’s Pluck


Cethan Leahy

In college Cethan wrote short film scripts and had a story long-listed for a Penguin Competition. “I got to a workshop. It was really cool.” After his MA, Cethan got an internship in EMC, placing data…

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Caroline O’Donoghue

Graduating from UCC, Caroline emigrated to London, working on film sets, in recruitment agencies, and doing bar work whilst pitching as a freelance writer. Now a contributing editor for, she writes for a variety of…

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Moire O’Sullivan

Moire’s first interest lay in science. And though she was athletic as a child, she dropped netball at 18 to concentrate on the Viola. “I played in the Ulster Youth Orchestra,” she says. After university, Moire…

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Rebecca O’Connor

Brought up in County Cavan, Rebecca initially wanted to study medicine, but she decided on English, and worked in various jobs in London whilst taking her MA. “Afterwards, I got a job as a general assistant…

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Paul Howarth

Paul wasn’t a bookish child, “But I was imaginative,” he says. “There was narrative in the games I played; there were always stories.”  After college, Paul practised law, as a solicitor, for six years. “Then I…

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Lorna Sixsmith

Brought up on a farm, Lorna loved reading. She wrote her own version of the Famous Five. After a year studying dental nursing, she took various jobs in Dublin and London, then she returned to college….

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Sue Rainsford

Sue has always written prose. “I’ve always read widely too. Every Sunday we went to Waterstones and Hodges Figgis. I read literary fiction with a dash of supernatural YA. I loved Edgar Allen Poe at 10,…

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Jade Sharma

As a child Jade wanted to be a comedian. She used humour to get her mum to laugh when she was in a bad mood. She spent her teenage years in Japan. “It was the perfect…

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Alison Healy

As a child Alison wanted to be Enid Blighton. “I practised her signature. It’s always been at the back of my mind to write a children’s book.”  Alison grew up on a small farm in County…

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Kevin Doyle

Following a degree, and a Masters in Science, Kevin worked in the chemical industry for five years, before moving to the United States. “I was considering taking another degree, but I wasn’t sure it was what…

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Cormac O’Keefe

Cormac started his career in journalism when he was at university, editing first, ‘Probe,’ then the UCD Student Union News. “I then worked for Big Issue for a year, before returning to university to take a…

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AJ Pearce

When AJ was a teenager, she wanted to be a poet. “I wrote very bad poems. I loved writing stories, too, and going to the library. I was a very bookish child.” AJ Worked in marketing….

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