Beginner’s Pluck

Catherine Mangan

As a child brought up in the country, Catherine loved inventing games. And at secondary school she was renowned for writing good stories. “I’ve always written. There are notebooks everywhere!”   After college, Catherine moved to…

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Nick Geoghegan

The youngest of three, Nick has always been interested in illustration. “I was always drawing. At the beginning, I’d copy the characters from my comic books, and when I was 7 or 8, I wrote stories…

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Eimear Lawlor

As a child Eimear loved reading.             “I read everything,” she says. “My three elder brothers were all into science, and I wanted to be a scientist, but it didn’t happen!” Studying in London, she met…

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Louise Kennedy

An avid reader, devouring 3 or 4 books each week, Louise didn’t start writing until 2014. “My creativity was knocked out of me in secondary school,” she says.   Louise worked at FAS, then moved to…

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Sue Divin

Sue wrote poetry as a teenager, and considered journalism, but instead studied European Studies.   After taking an MA, she taught in secondary schools in Derry for seven years.             “I loved teaching teenagers, but I…

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John Patrick McHugh

John Patrick moved a lot as a young child, living in Tipperary, Mitchellstown, Mallow and Macroom before settling in Galway aged 12. “Achill was my concrete place,” he says, remembering time spent there with his grandparents….

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Ericka Waller

An avid reader, Ericka devoured books from the library.             “If I didn’t like the ending of a book, I would rewrite it,” she says. “I was good at rhyming poetry, and I wrote songs for…

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Catherine Talbot

Catherine is a lifelong prolific reader. “As a child, I loved libraries, and I was always interested in the lives of writers.” After school Catherine started a marketing course, but disliking it, began working in the…

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Trish Kearney

After school, Trish became a nurse – working for five years after she qualified. “I went to Australia, and when I came home I got married. The following year I had my first daughter and stayed…

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Laura McKenna

An avid reader, Laura loved poetry as a child. “I was always writing, and I entered a few competitions,” she says. Early in her career as a doctor, Laura worked in a Dublin drug treatment centre….

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Charlotte McConaghy

As a child, Charlotte lived in 21 different houses – moving constantly, around Australia. “Reading became my anchor. My mum suggested I should write a book. I started at 14, and three years later the book…

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Kerri Ni Dochartaigh.

Kerri started writing a journal, aged 5, and she has been writing one ever since. After a trauma filled childhood in Derry, (Kerri’s family was burnt out, then hounded out,) followed by University in Dublin, Kerri…

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