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Conor O’Callaghan

From a non cultural background, Conor wrote, secretively, in his teens. “When I published my first book of poetry at 24, it came as a shock to my brothers.” After dropping out of College Conor did…

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Adrian White

Robert Lanaghan is a writer. Or at least he was, but since his second book was published, he hasn’t actually done any writing. Life has got in the way. There was his passionate affair with Siobhan…

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Justine Delaney Wilson

After a short spell teaching, Justine became a journalist, working in TV. Starting as a researcher, she worked as an Associate Producer, and in 2007, presented a series based on her own book, High Society. In…

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Lisa Owens

After university Lisa got a job in a literary agency in London. “I was there for about 18 months, then I moved into an Independent publishing house, as an editor of non-fiction, where I worked for…

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Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard

At 22, a few years after dropping out of college, Catherine became a campsite courier in the Netherlands. Then it was off to Disney World for 18 months; an experience that she wrote about. Back home,…

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Janet Shepperson

Janet has wanted to be a writer since she was 5 and discovered books. Starting as a trainee journalist, finding it didn’t suit her, she moved to Northern Ireland and worked as a community volunteer. “I…

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Amanda Prowse

It came as a surprise to Amanda Prowse that books just don’t come into other people’s heads complete, because she really thought it was the same for everyone, she tells Sue Leonard. A FEW years ago,…

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Phaedra Patrick

Brought up believing people like her could not become writers, it wasn’t until Phaedra was in her twenties, and read Bridget Jones’s Diary that she gained the confidence to write. Treating writing as a project, she…

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Patrick Deely

Wanting to find his way out of East Galway, Patrick escaped to Teacher Training College. He spent his entire teaching career at De La Salle National School in Ballyfermot. Passionate about poetry, he and the children…

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Bernice Barrington

Bernice’s father was a great storyteller, and she has always loved the medium. A journalist, she worked as an intern for Image Magazine, doing a writing course in the evenings. That led to an MA in…

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Kevin Curran.

This being 1916, it’s not surprising that the year has already seen a plethora of books set around the rising, but Citizens is one with a difference. Curran’s second novel is set mainly in the depths…

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Ted McDermott

Inspired by the spare writing of Henry Miller and Denis Cooper, Ted started writing in his teens. “It wasn’t good. I wrote journals and personal diarist stuff.” At college, Ted wrote his thesis on Flann O’Brien;…

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