About Sue Leonard

A Journalist and Ghostwriter, Sue is the co-author of twelve books, including the number one bestsellers:  Whispering Hope, the True Story of the Magdalene Women, (Orion,) and An Act of Love with Marie Fleming, recounting Marie’s extraordinary life, and fight for the right to die with dignity.(Hachette Ireland.)

Her latest project, a memoir, If Memory Serves Me Wrong, co written with the actor and Riverdance manager, Ronan Smith, will be published in May 2021, by New Island Books. She is the author of Keys to the Cage (New Island, 2010)

As a fulltime freelance journalist, writing for The Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner, Image Magazine, The Evening Herald, Books Ireland, and numerous other publications, Sue wrote five or six features a week. Specialising in books and health, she also covered subjects as diverse as interiors, business and travel. Editors nicknamed her the ‘Case History Queen’, for her interviewing skills, and ability to source people to feature.

A former columnist with the Evening Herald, Reality and Faceup Magazines, and Books Ireland, she currently writes the ‘Beginner’s Pluck’ book column for the Irish Examiner. She has interviewed countless authors, including eleven winners of the Man Booker Prize.

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Chairing War Literature at the Dalkey Book Festival 2014, with Jennifer Johnston, Lia Mills and Nelofer Pazira.

Sue provides a mentoring service, and teaches Freelance Journalism, and Ghostwriting at The Irish Writer’s Centre , IEL Abroad, and on line, and gives one to one tuition on both subjects. She also hosts  public interviews, including at The West Cork Literary Festival where she has interviewed  Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Fay Weldon, Anne Enright, Paula Meehan, John Boyne, Patrick Gale, Kit De Waal, Kate Mosse and Linda Grant among others.

Sue is represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of MMB Creative.

You can contact Sue here.