Brooke Davis

Reading Roald Dahl as a child, Brooke decided to become a writer. “He made me understand magic of words and where they could take you,” she says, citing Matilda as her favourite children’s book. She enjoyed…

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Derek Flynn

Derek loved reading and writing as a kid  – but it wasn’t until 1997, when he gave up his factory job in Waterford, and moved to New York with his wife, that he started writing in…

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Eimear O’Callaghan.

After university, Eimear went straight into journalism, working for the Irish News in Belfast. Then she moved to Dublin and worked for RTE as a TV news reporter. “I was there for two years, then, having…

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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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