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Eoghan Smith

Brought up in Balinteer, Eoghan was a prolific reader. “I wrote terrible poetry as a teenager, but any other writing I tried, never worked out.” He pursued an academic career, working in a video shop between…

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Nick Richards

Mark and Shane met on the first day of college and have been good friends since. In 1998, when Shane was in Dublin, and Mark in Limerick, they would email back and forth and they invented…

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Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Five years ago, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s husband died after a short illness. An internationally renowned folklorist, Bo Almqvist, who was 20 years Éilís’s senior, had been, simply, the love of her life. His death left her…

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Fiona Gartland

A huge Enid Blyton fan, Fiona read to stave of childhood boredom. She became a dental nurse, eventually working at The Dublin Dental University Hospital, but when her children came along she took an eight-year career…

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Lynn Buckle.

A voracious, indiscriminate reader, Lynn’s first love has always been art. “Painting was my thing.” Lynn spent a year after university working for the civil service, then the county council as a groundsman, before attending art…

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Dacre Stocker

With our minds on Halloween ghouls, comes a prequel about Dracula, the vampire invented by the Irish writer Bram Stoker back in 1897. An old Count who drank the blood of his victims; killing some, and…

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Seymour Cresswell

Whilst he’s always loved to write, early on, Seymour tinkered more with acting. “At Trinity, after two years of dodging Players, I was asked to do a part. I got noticed and did a number of…

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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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Patrick Gale

A few years ago Patrick Gale gave a reading in Weston-Super-Mare in the West Country. Walking around, it struck him that that it was a peculiar town – full of institutions like drug rehabilitation centres and…

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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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Dermot Bolger

In Dermot Bolger’s new novel, An Ark of Light, a teenage poet visits Eva Fitzgerald – a free spirit, who is living out her old age in a caravan in a field in County Mayo. Finding…

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