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Ghostwriting Workshops at Dalkey Creates

Have you always wanted to write a book? Do you want to write your memoir, or tell someone else’s story? Then come along to the Dalkey Creates Festival on 17th and 18th October, where I’ll be…

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Rachel Elliot

A quiet child, Rachel was an obsessive reader, but she wanted to become a vet. “My passions were animals and books,” she says. After university Rachel did some post graduate work in sociology at Derby University….

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Lost Between. Writings of Displacement

Back in 2010, the novelist Catherine Dunne, then Chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre met  the Italian writer Federica Sgaggio. The two felt it would benefit Italian and Irish writers to meet and to share and…

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Jeremy Massey

Beginner’s Pluck. Jeremy Massey. When Jeremy was 22, he worked full time in the family funeral business in Dublin. Then, going part-time, he lived above the business, and worked weekends and holidays until 2001, when his…

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Matt Padwick

Matt has kept journals since he was a child, and the detailed accounts he kept of his adventurous travels form the basis for his debut novel. His travels began after college. “I had amazing jobs in…

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Katarina Bivald

 Katarina cannot decide whether she prefers books or people. From the age of 14, until she was 25, she worked, part-time in a bookshop. Meanwhile, she was working for various NGO’s. “I always wanted to write,…

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Paula McGrath

A lifelong lover of English, Paula left Dublin after college planning to travel the world. She got as far as Los Angeles, and stayed there for three years trying to become a writer. “But I couldn’t…

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Natasha Pulley

After university Natasha taught English in China; then she worked, briefly, in Waterstones before joining Cambridge University Press as a publishing assistant. She left there to take up an MA in creative writing, and whilst there,…

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Kathleen McMahon

IMAGINE how it must be to gain overnight success? To secure a whopping six-figure book deal, and for the first book to live up to its best-selling promise? What if, after all that, you were unable…

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Ruth Ware

Ruth has always written stories. As a teenager, the stories became longer and longer – the size of full length books. But it was a while before she actually became a writer. After university she spent…

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Alison Walsh

WHEN Alison Walsh’s elder son saw the cover of her debut novel, he was a little alarmed. Underneath the title, All That I Leave Behind, was the sentence, What makes a mother abandon her children?’ Looking…

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Debut Roundup. July/August 2015

Pond. Claire-Louise Bennett, The Stinging Fly. It’s extremely hard to describe Claire-Louise’s debut. Even the author, who comes from England but lives in Galway, isn’t too sure whether Pond is a collection of short stories, a…

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