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Cat Hogan

Cat has always loved books. And, when she was a child, her imagination was stirred by her father. “He had worked in the Merchant Navy, and then he joined Irish Lights. He would tell the four…

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Lia Mills at the WCLF.

Summer is literary festival season in Ireland, a chance for readers to meet writers and for books to be rediscovered. I was thrilled to be invited back to my favourite festival – the West Cork Literary…

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Mike McCormack

MIKE MCCORMACK is happy. It’s the afternoon of the launch of his latest novel, Solar Bones, and whatever reception the book might receive, he is satisfied that everyone involved in its production has given it their…

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Geraldine Mills

Geraldine has always enjoyed painting pictures with words. One of ten children, she had a rural upbringing. “I spent most of my childhood playing in the woods. It’s made me aware of nature, and how to…

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Zadie Smith and Nick Laird in Bantry

I’m just back from my eighth visit to the West Cork Literary Festival; and it was one of the best ever. Zadie Smith and Nick Laird were amazing interviewees on Saturday night. Nick had the audience…

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Ciara Geraghty

FROM the moment Ciara Geraghty burst onto the book scene in 2009, she has been an author to reckon with. Compared favourably to Marian Keyes and Jojo Moyes, her books have that same warmth tinged with…

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Alice Carey

Brought up in New York to Irish parents, Alice was an only child with an abusive father. Lonely, she started writing diaries when she was 10. After university Alice became an actress, mostly in fringe theatre,…

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Vanessa Ronan

When Vanessa Ronan rang her father to tell him that Penguin were publishing her first novel, he was on the golf course in Texas, and didn’t want to be interrupted. And when Vanessa blurted out her…

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Felicity Hayes – McCoy.

Felicity’s father was a historian and a writer – and an avid second hand book buyer, so she read widely as a child. “He was always coming home with a book for me. I was the…

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Debut Roundup. July and August 2016

The Last Days of Summer. Vanessa Ronan: Penguin Ireland.  When Jasper Curtis returns home to the small prairie town in Texas having spent ten years in the Huntsville State Penitentiary, his sister, Lizzie welcomes the brother…

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Henrietta McKervey

Mags Jensen’s memory isn’t all it was. And although she hasn’t, yet, got a diagnosis, both she and her doctor fear that her many lapses herald the onset of dementia. Her elder daughter, Anita, who, living…

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Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh rushes into the hotel for our interview, telling me she’s just come from the Irish Writer’s Centre. As well as publicising Vertigo, her latest collection of short stories, she’s in Dublin interviewing people for…

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