Damien Burke

After college Damien spent time in Australia before moving to England, where he taught IT in Nottingham, and then Birmingham. Whilst teaching, he met at archivist, and became fascinated in the skill, so, after returning to…

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Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain is one of England’s most significant writers. She’s won The Orange Prize; The Whitbread and the The James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She spoke toSue Leonard about her latest collection of short stories. The American…

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Colm Tóibín

It’s Dublin on a rainy Autumnal afternoon, and Colm Tóibín is serenading me over the teacups. He’s singing some notes in dulcet Bass tones to demonstrate how, during the  audition for a Catholic Church choir in…

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Marian Keyes

The Woman who Stole My Life Penguin/Michael Joseph: €14.99; ebook, €8.92 Stella Sweeney’s life is a mess. Returned to Dublin from New York, her marriage is over, her son hates her, and her divorced best friend’s…

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Tara Flynn

Tara started life as an actor. After college she moved to Dublin and worked in the theatre, acting, and stage managing. In 1995, when she worked with the Nualas, she co-wrote songs, but it wasn’t until…

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Kate Winter

  Kate started telling rambling stories as a toddler. At 5, she wrote them down. But she didn’t start writing in earnest until she was in her late twenties. “I was in Australia, and I was…

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Nadine Dorries

Nadine Dorries is in a spin. The controversial MP whose just flown in from England for a round of interviews, has been texting her three daughters all morning, making arrangements for tomorrow morning. “We’re converging on…

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Alice Oseman

  Published in the Irish Examiner on 27th December Alice Oseman Alice can’t remember a time when she hasn’t been writing stories. She’s a prolific reader too. “I wrote this story about teenagers and school, for…

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I spoke to about Zoella and Ghostwriting

  There’s no shame in using a ghostwriter” YouTube star Zoella was criticised after it emerged she had a ghostwriter – but what does a ghostwriter do, anyway?   YOUTUBE VLOGGER ZOELLA has thousands of fans…

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Luana Lewis

After gaining a degree in psychology, Luana stayed on as a research assistant studying victims of violence. Then she worked full time as a psychologist. Starting off working with trauma victims, she moved into family custody…

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Should Writers Take a Leaf out of Zoella’s Book?

With 2.4 million followers on Twitter, 1.8 million fans on Facebook, and 3.2 million subscribers on Instagram, publishers couldn’t wait to get their hands on Zoe Suggs’ first book writes Sue Leonard WITH Christmas on the…

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Karl Whitney

  Whilst at UCD Karl wrote for university papers, and afterwards he did some freelance journalism for The Guardian and the Irish Times. “My articles were often about Dublin. I wanted to write something from a…

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