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Maria Murphy

Maria Murphy

In her early 20s Maria was in a folk group, and she started writing lyrics, and some poetry. But it wasn’t until 2004, when she joined a creative writing group that she started taking writing seriously….

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Doreen Finn

ELEVEN years ago, Doreen Finn was considering studying for a PhD. She had completed a Masters, spending a year writing about poverty and disadvantage in education, and had done well, but her thesis supervisor has some…

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Launch of Whispering Hope

My latest Ghosting, Whispering Hope was launched in The Mansion House last Friday, 28th May, by MaryLou McDonald, TD. Four of the five Magdalene Survivors attended the launch. They were, (left to right,) Marina Gambold; Nancy Costello:…

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Renee Knight

Leaving school at 16, Renee took a secretarial course, with French A’Level, then she started temping at the BBC. “And I stayed. I worked my way up the ladder, and became a documentary maker. Then I…

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Sheena Lambert

As a child, Sheena had little interest in books. She was into science and maths, and she became an engineer working in waste management. “I was on landfill sites a lot, it was all wellingtons and…

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Waterford Writer’s Weekend

I had a great time at the Waterford Writer’s Weekend on May 9th to 10th talking  with Corrinna Moore to talk about her amazing mother, Marie Fleming, in conversation with Dave Kenny. We discussed the book…

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Máire T Robinson

A writer from birth, Máire studied film at college, where she wrote screenplays and short films; then she stayed on in Galway working for the youth theatre. “I was studying film production at the time, and…

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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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