Sheena Kamal

THE first time Sheena Kamal lived in Vancouver she hated the city. Wanting the cheapest possible rent, she lived in the wrong part of town, an area she describes as the heroin capital of Canada, and…

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Arja Kajermo

Arja’s early childhood in Finland was mired in poverty. Her father had been damaged after fighting in the second world war. “Finland had to fight the Russians twice under different circumstances.” When she was six, the…

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William Wall

WILLIAM WALL is no stranger to literary prizes. He’s won many, including the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, the Virginia Faulkner Award and the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize. But winning the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in America…

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Wexford Literary Festival

Many thanks to author Carmel Harrington (pictured,) for inviting me to take part in the Reader’s Day at the Wexford Literary Festival this year.  I talked about ghostwriting to an amazingly receptive audience, who showed enormous…

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Neil Hegarty

In 1998, leaving university, Neil worked as an editor for a dot com travel company. Then, turning 30, he started sketching out a novel. And though the idea for his debut came some 10 years ago,…

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Caroline Preston

As a solicitor, a partner and head of department at A &L Goodbody, Caroline’s writing was confined to letters and reports. And when she came across some interesting family history, researched it, and wanted to write…

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Kate Beaufoy

TEN years ago Kate Beaufoy found herself caring for her elderly mother-in-law. In the throes of dementia, the elderly lady we’ll call Eleanor, lived at home in the countryside, with two carers who took it in…

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Sara Alexander

Sara Alexander

Sara started acting at 9 years old. In work ever since, in the theatre film and TV, (apart from breaks to travel,) she’s appeared in Harry Potter, Dr Who and Franco Zeffirelli’s Sparrow. Writing came to…

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Debut Roundup. May/June

  Ithaca. Alan McMonagle. Picador. The Galway writer, Alan McMonagle already has two short story collections to his name; both were longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award, so he has proven his worth. This experience shows….

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Ciaran McMenamin

Always good at creative writing, Ciaran parted company with school before taking his A’levels. After a while he left Enniskillen for Glasgow to attend drama school. Then, moving to London, he began to act, and has…

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Hannah Kent

When the Australian author, Hannah Kent gave a talk recently, she was reprimanded by a member of the audience. Her crime? She had referred to ‘the good people’, a term commonly used for fairies, in the…

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Lisa Harding

Loving languages, Lisa aimed to join the European parliament, but at university she got wrapped up in Trinity Players. After a year spent travelling she studied acting, then spent four years in Ireland, appearing in The…

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