Beginner’s Pluck

Edel Coffey

Edel has always wanted to write fiction.              “I got into journalism as a pragmatic response to a romantic dream of being a writer,” she says. After doing placements at The Tribune during her degree, she…

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Nita Prose

Nita remembers the moment, at 3 ½, that she realised she could read, and the world of stories opened up.               “I was always good with words,” she says, “and hopeless at almost everything else.”…

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Claire Lynch

Claire’s family were great users of the library.             “I always wanted to be a writer, but in the way people who love to read want to – as an abstract fantasy. I wasn’t chasing it.”…

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Niall Bourke

Niall came from a house full of books. But at college he became fascinated by the whole area of economics. After college he spent a year in Australia doing any job he could find. “I put…

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Ian Mark.

When Ian was 5 years old, and living in Derbyshire, he wrote a story, and his English teacher was so impressed that she bound it and made a cover. “That’s when I decided I wanted to…

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Declan O’Rourke

From an intensely musical family, Declan took up the guitar at 13, and hasn’t put it down since.             “I started writing songs at 15, when a singer we auditioned for our band said, ‘Let’s play…

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Beginner’s Pluck. Lara Cullen.

As a child Lara wanted to be a psychologist or a TV presenter, but after university she gained a graduate position in HR with Corrs Brewers. “It gave me an amazing foundation.” After five years she…

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Maeve Murphy

A precocious young reader, Maeve became involved in the Cambridge Footlights at University, acting and writing sketches.   Graduating, she moved to Camden Town, London, and co-founded the theatre company, Trouble and Strife. “Later, living in…

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Robert L Harris

Robert’s American parents moved around a lot when he was a child. And he hasn’t lived in America since going to Edinburgh in the late 1970’s to take a postgraduate degree. His wife is from Kerry…

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Breda Joyce

From the time she was a young child, Breda always had her head in a book.             “There were 10 of us,” she says. “I was number two. It wasn’t a bookish house, but I loved…

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Evanna Lynch

An imaginative child, Evanna loved craft and design; she also adored reading and writing. “Books were everything to me,” she says, “and I loved writing letters. I joined a pen pal club when I was really…

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James Conor Patterson

James’s parents had emigrated to England for work before his birth; they returned to Newry when James was six. “It coincided with the ceasefire,” says James. He became interested in writing through music and lyrics and…

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