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Emelie Schepp

A prolific writer since childhood, Emelie worked as a project manager in advertising, but after 10 years she tired of it, because writing articles for work  didn’t satisfy her. “It meant limiting my words, and I…

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Olive Collins

After dropping out of college, Olive managed a lab in Thurles before moving to England. From there it was off to Israel to work in a Kibbutz. “That was horrendous, so I went to Tel Aviv,…

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Orla McAlinden

Orla practiced as a veterinary surgeon for 10 years, in England then Ireland, before training to become a secondary school science teacher. “I was married to a veterinary surgeon who works with racehorses. We both worked…

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Michael Collins

MICHAEL COLLINS, an Irish emigrant, writer and runner, had great success with his first eight novels; he has won numerous awards, and his fifth book, The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize…

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Paul Gamble

Paul wrote short stories when he was in school, but always wanted to write a longer prose piece. At university, when he had some spare time, he wrote letters to radio and TV stations, and some…

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Michael Hughes

Michael has always loved the theatre; his father was an aficionado; so although Michael had an idea that he wanted to write, he saw acting as a more accessible career. “I was excited by acting at…

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Debut Round-up, September and October, 2016

Red Dirt. E.M. Reapy. Head Zeus. Whenever I think I’ve found my debut of the year, another, even better novel comes along. And it’s happened again. Such was the originality, scope, and sheer skill evoked between…

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Helen Sedgwick

A scientist, Helen has always been passionate about astronomy. Her father is an astrophysicist. As a child, she loved reading, but was not interested in writing. Brought up in England, she spent her summers near Dublin…

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RB Kelly

Daughter of a scientist, Rachael Kelly grew up loving science fiction, and she has always written. “I wrote my first book at 8 years old, and I finished three or four novels when I was in…

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Paul McVeigh

One of 7 children, Paul grew up in abject poverty at the height of Belfast’s troubles. After university he set up a theatre company, creating plays and giving new context to existing ones. Then, moving to…

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Tony Doherty

When he was ten years old, Tony wrote a story that won his family’s respect. He became a voracious reader as a teenager, loving the books of Walter Macken. In the early nineties, Tony was instrumental…

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Jill Dawson

SOME years ago the writer Jill Dawson discovered the novels of Patricia Highsmith and became somewhat obsessed. She read The Talented Mr Ripley first, then started discussing Highsmith, and exchanging novels with her sister. “The novels…

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