Ali Land

Ali Land

A voracious reader, Ali always had the ability to use language and tell stories. She worked as a children’s mental health nurse for 10 years – in Scotland and Australia, before moving to London at 33….

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Ronan Ryan

When Ronan was 19, a close friend of his died – and a year later he started writing about her. “The words came out like a torrent. I accidentally wrote a 200 page memoir. Writing electrified…

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Rory Gleeson

Rory’s parents made sure that he became a reader. “They insisted on it. It was all Roald Dahl. Then, at 13, I discovered Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy. I found it accessible, fun and empathetic.’ After college…

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Margaret Drabble

BEFORE we met, Margaret Drabble took a walk down Dun Laoghaire Pier. As these huge waves crashed below her, and she dodged to avoid the spray, she thought about the playwright, Samuel Beckett. And she wondered…

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Debut Round up, November and December, 2016

The North of Ireland appears to be basking in a literary revival. In the month that Sinead Gleeson has published The Glass Shore, a collection of stories by Northern Irish writers, the cream of the debuts…

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Cecelia Ahern

THE public appetite for talent shows doesn’t seem to be abating; they make great, and cheap entertainment, but what is it like to be a contestant, thrown into the limelight to be criticised or praised? Do…

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Emily Barr

As a child, Emily listened to the sound of the type-writer, as her father, a professor of film studies, wrote books on the subject. “I always wanted to write, and wrote terrible poetry as a teen,…

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Katherine Arden

It took Katherine a long time to decide to become a writer. “I wrote a lot in high school,” she says, “but when I went to college I wanted to be a diplomat and travel the…

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Review. Paul Howard. I Read the News Today, Oh Boy

If you take the Sally Gap road out of the Co Wicklow village of Roundwood, you reach one of the most beautiful views in the whole of Ireland. I’d been there often, looking down into a…

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Writer Helena Mulkerns, photograph by Conor Horgan

Helena Mulkerns

Daughter of an independent film maker, and niece of an author, Helena has always been encouraged to read and write. “I wrote stories in copy books, and even had a table of contents.” After college, Helena…

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Karl Geary

A dyslexic, who was terrified of books, Karl left school without exams. Leaving Dublin for New York at 16, he started reading, loving the vibrant arts scene in East Village. “When you need to fill gaps…

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Seán Ó Súilleabháin

  Seán has written plays since he was a teenager. “I was greatly encouraged at my school, and I wrote plays in college too.” Originally keen to become a journalist, Seán soon realised the job was…

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