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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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Austin Duffy

Blending science with life, Austin Duffy’s retrained, yet hauntingly beautiful debut novel, centres on a New York based Irish oncologist who has retreated from the ward to the lab. He is trying to find a breakthrough…

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Dave Rudden

As a young kid, Dave told stories to his classmates. A lonely child, he would walk, and make up movies in his head. Dave started writing at college, posting on fan forum sites. “They were my…

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Caitriona Palmer

Caitríona Palmer is almost quivering with nerves when we meet to discuss her adoption story. She’s not worried about the book’s reception; early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. An Affair with my Mother is not only…

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Kate McQuaile

After school Kate set off for London pursuing the early music scene. Working in temp secretarial jobs, she took singing lessons and took part in amateur music making. Then, after a spell with the Royal Aeronautical…

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Mona Awad

As a child, Mona wrote fairy stories for her mother. “I’ve been enjoying stories and trying to write them for as long as I can remember.” After studying in England and Scotland, Mona married an American,…

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Andrea Hayes

Andrea always loved performing. She left college early to work in Windmill Lane. From there she went to TV3, working in Continuity before becoming a presenter. She also worked as a hostess in Lillie’s Bordello. Throughout…

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Holly Seddon

SINCE the phenomenal success of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, there has been a flurry of similar page-turners in the genre that writer Marian Keyes has couched as Grip Lit. But back in…

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Claire Harman on Charlotte Bronte

WHEN Claire Harman was a teenager she saw a film of Wuthering Heights, and was blown away by the romance of it all. Later, reading Emily Brontë’s book, she was disappointed. “I was obsessed with the…

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Paraic O’Donnell

After College Paraic entered the translation industry, working in IT. He continues to work there. In 2011 Paraic joined Twitter, and began to put together spontaneous fiction in serialised form. Starting small, after a while, his…

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Dr Keith Gaynor

At 15 Keith wanted to be a barrister; but shadowing one during a murder trial, it was the suffering families who interested him; not the crime itself. That’s when he decided to study psychology. “After UCD,…

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