Beginner’s Pluck

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Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Son of a hospital consultant, Rangan has always been interested in medicine. But he’s also passionate about sport, and music; at 11, he learned four instruments. “After university I worked in Edinburgh for two years. I’d…

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Sheila Llewellyn

When Sheila was 8, she moved, with her father, to British Ghana. There was no school, so She spent her days reading in the mining camp library, or being tutored by her father, up country. But…

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Clare Daly

Clare’s original ambition was to be a film writer. And while she was at college, she worked part time in her local cinema. “It was my dream job, because I could see the films for free.”…

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Mary Manning

Mary Manning

A lifelong reader, Mary started with Enid Blyton, progressing to Jane Austen.  After school, she took an ANCO – (now FAS,) course in office work, then spent 10 months working in an office in Jordan Street….

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Anthony Carragher

Anthony Carragher

Anthony has always loved reading. “As a child, I devoured books from the library,” he says. “My grandfather used to drink with the poet, Patrick Kavanagh, and I found the stories he told very romantic.” Mad…

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Alison Hackett

 Alison worked at the Central bank for a summer, whist still at university. Afterwards, taking an H DIP, she taught for a year, then followed her husband around whilst he pursued his medical career. “We lived…

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Fiona Mitchell

Sending poems off, aged 12, Fiona became used to rejection! She worked in publishing; first at her university, on the alumnae magazine, then for Zigzag as an editor for children’s nonfiction publishing. Then she moved into…

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Stephen McGann

Stephen left school having flunked his A’levels, suffering from agoraphobia. He became involved in the Everyman Youth Theatre in Liverpool, and followed his three brothers into acting, starring, with them, in the West End hit musical,…

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Melanie Murphy

When Melanie was young, she wanted to be a teacher, but, being terrible at Irish, she didn’t get enough points in her Leaving Certificate. “I was really upset,” she says. “I worked in shops, and then…

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John Cuffe

John Cuffe

John credits a trio of brilliant teachers for sparking his lifelong interest in history and English. “And my mother was a great reader; she encouraged me.” Before he entered the prison service, John trained as a…

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Emma Viskic

Writing is Emma’s first love, but she works as a classical clarinettist. For twenty years she performed in orchestras, and chamber music, playing anything from opera to Phantom of the Opera, from arena concerts with Jose…

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Nicola Cassidy

Nicola read and wrote a lot as a child, because there was nothing else to do. After working in magazine journalism, she moved into PR, and worked in the Green Party Press Office. “I was there…

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