Caoilinn Hughes.

When Caoilinn was ten, a pastiche she’d written of Father Ted was performed at her school. Encouraged, she started a novel.             “I asked my parents for feedback. When they laughed, hysterically, (it wasn’t a comedy,) I…

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Emilie Pine

Starting life in Dublin, Emilie’s family moved to London when she was a teenager, where she  dropped out of school and became a ‘wild child.’ At 16, saved by a private school, she gained a scholarship…

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Review. Andrea Mara

In the late nineties I wrote an article titled ‘mobile manners.’ Commenting on the disturbance caused by phone conversations on the beach, at the theatre, and during a funeral mass, I suggested that some guidelines were…

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Cethan Leahy

In college Cethan wrote short film scripts and had a story long-listed for a Penguin Competition. “I got to a workshop. It was really cool.” After his MA, Cethan got an internship in EMC, placing data…

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Caroline O’Donoghue

Graduating from UCC, Caroline emigrated to London, working on film sets, in recruitment agencies, and doing bar work whilst pitching as a freelance writer. Now a contributing editor for, she writes for a variety of…

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Julia Kelly

I first met Julia Kelly in 2007 the day after her debut had been launched. She told me she was wrecked, but she looked amazing in her low-cut, body-hugging black dress. With My Lazy Eye had…

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Moire O’Sullivan

Moire’s first interest lay in science. And though she was athletic as a child, she dropped netball at 18 to concentrate on the Viola. “I played in the Ulster Youth Orchestra,” she says. After university, Moire…

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Rebecca O’Connor

Brought up in County Cavan, Rebecca initially wanted to study medicine, but she decided on English, and worked in various jobs in London whilst taking her MA. “Afterwards, I got a job as a general assistant…

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Costa Book Of The Year Award

Kit De Waal

Reading Kit De Waal’s second novel I lost all sense of time. Transported, I was swept into the world of Mona, a lonely Irish woman who, approaching sixty, thinks back to the early seventies, and the…

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Review. A Normal Family by Henry Norman & Angela Pell

There have been many books about autism published over the years – heartrending accounts of the struggles – the fights for services – and occasionally tales of triumph over adversity – but A Normal Family is…

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Paul Howarth

Paul wasn’t a bookish child, “But I was imaginative,” he says. “There was narrative in the games I played; there were always stories.”  After college, Paul practised law, as a solicitor, for six years. “Then I…

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Lorna Sixsmith

Brought up on a farm, Lorna loved reading. She wrote her own version of the Famous Five. After a year studying dental nursing, she took various jobs in Dublin and London, then she returned to college….

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