Beginner’s Pluck

Lisa Bradley

Lisa dreamed of becoming an author as a child but was happy when her MA got her into journalism. “I got offered my first reporting job on the Wakefield Herald two thirds of the way through…

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James Bailey

Mad about football, at 13, James decided to be a journalist. He reported for the local press; he founded a school newspaper and wrote a blog. At 17 at a random ECG screening, he was diagnosed…

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Jim O’Donoghue

Jim has been involved in The Neptune Basketball club since its inception in 1947. “My brother, Donal, was a founding member. At 9, I’d tag along with him as ball boy, and at 14, I togged…

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Joanna Fortune

From the time she was gifted a Petite typewriters as a child, Joanna has enjoyed writing. “I said I would be a writer or a journalist, but I became more interested in the psychological area. However,…

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Sinead Burke

A little person, Sinead has always received wonderful support from her family – they always said that there was nothing she could not do. And as a child, she always wanted to teach, but was also…

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Oein DeBhairduin.

A traveller, storytelling is part of Oein’s culture. He told his first, aged seven. He’s a big reader too. “In my childhood there were books everywhere,” he says. “When I moved to Dublin, I got a…

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Nydia Hetherington

An imaginative child, Nydia was unhappy at school. “I found it humiliating,” she says. “All I wanted to do was sit in my bedroom and listen to David Bowie. I found my diaries recently, and didn’t…

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Bebe Ashley

Bebe had always written, and although she didn’t consciously decide to write poetry, it’s the form she’s always loved. “I’m interested in language and in what poetry can do,” she says. English, and brought up in…

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Angela Graham

Angela has always loved words. She read Chamber’s Dictionary from cover to cover as a child, and had her first poem published aged 7. “My parents were poor, but they made good use of the library….

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Patrick Freyne

Patrick wrote songs as a teenager, but didn’t get down to writing prose until his twenties. His energies, at the time, were focused on his band. “I was doing other jobs – including bits of journalism,”…

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Jean Kyoung Frazier

Jean’s mum immigrated from Korea to the US at 17, and while she spoke English pretty flawlessly, she found reading harder.“She bought me as many books as I wanted,” says Jean. “It brought her a lot…

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Grainne Murphy

Gráinne enjoyed an idyllic rural childhood. “There was lots of freedom. We cycled, and played in the forest and the river.” Her parents encouraged her love of reading – everything from Enid Blyton to the classics….

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