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Liza Klaussmann

The American writer Liza Klaussmann has long been fascinated by literature of the 1920’s. She loved the stories around this time, about the excessive parties on the French Riviera. And at college, at the University of…

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Claire-Louise Bennett

  Reading “a lot of rubbish,” as a child, Claire-Louise discovered literature in her late teens. Writing came earlier, but it seemed, to her, to be a completely different endeavour. “I wrote with no sense of…

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Christine Dwyer Hickey

‘I’m terrified I’ll run out of time’ ONE afternoon in 2011, Christine Dwyer Hickey looked out of her bedroom window and noticed that the neighbours opposite were moving house. All this 1970s-style furniture was being brought…

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Sarah Webb

Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake (The Songbird Café Girls 1)  Walker Books, €6.38; Kindle, €7.86  A FEW years ago, the writer Sarah Webb was staying in a yurt on Cape Clear Island, off the west…

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Carole Gurnett

Carole Gurnett

As a child, Carole wrote long diary entries and letters to anyone who would reply, and as a teenager she wrote short stories. Some were published, and others shortlisted in competitions. In the late 1990s, she…

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Steve Cavanagh

AS a lawyer, Steve has conducted several high profile cases. In 2010, representing a factory worker, he won the largest award for damages in race discrimination in Northern Ireland’s legal history. In his 20s, he wrote…

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Henrietta McKervey

HENRIETTA has always adored reading. It’s something that has informed her life, but eight years ago, she was in danger of losing that love. The reason? She wanted to write, but hadn’t the time or the…

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Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly

With a lifelong fascination for history, and especially for the 1916 Rising, Darren never had any particular wish to write. In fact, he thought he was no good at it. After school, he became a roadie,…

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An Evening with Claudia Carroll

I had a fabulous evening at The Triskell Arts Centre in Cork on Thursday – 26th March. Chatted to the gorgeous Claudia Carroll about her new book, Meet Me in Manhattan, a fabulous take on internet…

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Michael Christie

Michael Christie grew up in a home where literature was greatly valued, but was put on a pedestal, as something normal people couldn’t do. A prolific reader, Michael  did his early writing in secret, and meanwhile…

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Polly Samson

Polly Samson has an extraordinary family history. Her mother, Esther Cheo Ying,  spent time in Barnardos, before becoming a major in Mao’s army. Later, working in China as an interpreter, she met and married a reporter…

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Don Cameron

An Articled Accountant, Don worked in Dublin for many years, before going to London. “It was the mid-eighties. Everyone was leaving Ireland, he says.” He spent time there working for semi-state bodies, and ended up in…

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