Emer McLysaght

Brought up near Kill, County Kildare, Emer worked in Phantom Radio until 2010, then, after a few months in Spain, she became a news reporter on the “I moved into the entertainment section, Daily Edge,…

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Susan Ryan

Loving stories, Susan was always sure that she would write, one day. Meanwhile, she travelled, working on Paros in Greece, before moving to Germany, and then Australia. “I had crazy jobs there. I managed a cemetery…

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Nikki Hayes

When Nikki was young, her mum bought a receiver for world radio. “I listened to everything, and became fascinated,” says Nikki. “You could imagine what the people behind the voices looked like. They could be anything…

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Andrew Meehan

Andrew Meehan

In his twenties, Andrew worked as a TV researcher in Scotland, then, returning to Ireland, he worked in script development for a company led by Ed Guiney and David Collins. Then he became head of development…

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Felica Yap landscape colour cr. Tim Steele (photographer) and Renee Bridges (hair and makeup)

Felicia Yap

Brought up in Kuala Lumpur, Felicia has always liked the idea of writing; but she didn’t know what to write about. After her primary degree, she worked in a lab in Germany, as a radioactive cell…

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Caroline Foran

Caroline’s wanted to be a radio producer, but when she left college in 2009, jobs were scarce. After studying for a Masters, she realised she had a talent for writing. She joined at intern level,…

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Adele O’Neill

From a family of avid readers, Adele used to choose library book for her parents and grandparents. “Reading the blurbs in order to choose the right books was really useful when it came to writing my…

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Caroline Grace-Cassidy

Caroline Grace-Cassidy is looking glamorous when we meet in a Dublin café on a Monday afternoon.  She’s arrived fresh from TV3 where she was appearing on The Elaine Show – the show hosted by Elaine Crowley,…

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Bernard MacLaverty

In a dream life, Bernard MacLaverty would be a pianist. He can’t play the piano; he can’t read music either, but he’s a passionate listener, and has been so since wisps of opera drifted up the…

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Carmel Harrington

Just before I met Carmel Harrington in a gloriously sunny Enniscorthy, she had a text from her editor in Hodder. It said they loved the first draft of her recently commissioned novel. “It’s such a relief,”…

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Debut Roundup for Books Ireland. September and October, 2017

Sally Rooney. Conversations Between Friends. Faber and Faber.  I’d heard hype about Sally Rooney long before I saw her debut, so it came with a weight of expectation. Often such advance praise does a writer a…

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Karen M. McManus

Karen started writing books at 7, but by 18, as the plots got complicated, she couldn’t finish anything, and gave up. She worked in Washington DC, for a political consulting firm. After three years, married, she…

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