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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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Min Kym

Min left Korea for London aged 3. Soon, she had lessons in the violin, and by seven she was a prodigy.  She won her first international competition aged 11. “I felt comfortable performing the violin; it…

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K.J. Howe

A Canadian, Kimberley’s family moved around the world while she was growing up – to Africa, the Middle East, Puerto Rico and Europe. “I started reading at two, but didn’t write until my late twenties. When…

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Elizabeth Day

Three years ago, Elizabeth Day was writing a novel based on her experience of growing up, as an English girl, in 1990’s Northern Ireland. She’d got 40,000 words in, but it wasn’t working out. “It was…

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Sarah Carroll

Although Sarah loved reading as a child, she didn’t think of writing until she was in her thirties. “I’m very scientific. English was my most feared subject in school.” She worked in geophysics for a year,…

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Sarah Franklin

Before attending university, Sarah spent a year in Austria working as an au pair. Gaining her degree at 23, she worked in London for a high-school exchange programme, but at 29, she switched to publishing. “I…

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