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Christine Hamill

After University Christine wrote poetry, but she never published any. She had various jobs; she worked in the Arts in Bristol; she managed an Art Gallery, worked on an Arts Magazine, and wrote a grammar for…

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Catherine Banner

Catherine Banner started her first novel when she was 14. And when, later, she attended a talk on writing, and showed her work to an agent, he found a publisher for it. Attending Cambridge, she wrote…

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Roisin O’Donnell

Brought up in England to Northern Irish parents, Roisín has always felt a sense of dislocation. A writer since she was small, she had completed three novels by the time she was 24. “I wrote the…

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Sam Blake

Sam Blake is the pen name of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. Vanessa always worked – right through school and university, and after college she worked in retail in London, and then in shopping centre marketing. “It was…

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Conor O’Callaghan

From a non cultural background, Conor wrote, secretively, in his teens. “When I published my first book of poetry at 24, it came as a shock to my brothers.” After dropping out of College Conor did…

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Adrian White

Robert Lanaghan is a writer. Or at least he was, but since his second book was published, he hasn’t actually done any writing. Life has got in the way. There was his passionate affair with Siobhan…

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Justine Delaney Wilson

After a short spell teaching, Justine became a journalist, working in TV. Starting as a researcher, she worked as an Associate Producer, and in 2007, presented a series based on her own book, High Society. In…

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Lisa Owens

After university Lisa got a job in a literary agency in London. “I was there for about 18 months, then I moved into an Independent publishing house, as an editor of non-fiction, where I worked for…

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Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard

At 22, a few years after dropping out of college, Catherine became a campsite courier in the Netherlands. Then it was off to Disney World for 18 months; an experience that she wrote about. Back home,…

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Janet Shepperson

Janet has wanted to be a writer since she was 5 and discovered books. Starting as a trainee journalist, finding it didn’t suit her, she moved to Northern Ireland and worked as a community volunteer. “I…

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Amanda Prowse

It came as a surprise to Amanda Prowse that books just don’t come into other people’s heads complete, because she really thought it was the same for everyone, she tells Sue Leonard. A FEW years ago,…

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Phaedra Patrick

Brought up believing people like her could not become writers, it wasn’t until Phaedra was in her twenties, and read Bridget Jones’s Diary that she gained the confidence to write. Treating writing as a project, she…

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