Beginner’s Pluck

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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Helly Acton

Helly’s family lived in Zimbabwe and Saudi before settling in England when Helly was 14. “I loved reading and films, and I made up stories, but I didn’t think I’d become an author.” She worked in…

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Zoe Somerville

A prolific writer as a child, Zöe lost her confidence as a teenager. “I was too intimidated. It was, almost, as if I’d read too much!” During university holidays, she went to America, then taught English…

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Sandra Harris.

  An introverted child, Sandra spent a lot of time reading. “It was a great escape,” she says. She moved to Dublin in 1991, and from 2005, has Cared for her second child, who is autistic…

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