Articles

Ronan Hession

Rónán discovered books when he read his way through the Intercert list. He wrote poetry, and articles for the school magazine, but from his mid-teens became immersed in music. “I released three albums as Mumblin’ Deaf…

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Helen Cox

Helen has always wanted to write, but her parents encouraged her to study something more practical, so she settled on psychology, but followed it with an MA in Creative Writing. After college she moved to London…

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Niall Williams

As a writer, Niall Williams doesn’t conform to the norm. Where most write several drafts, getting the words written, then getting them right, Niall completes his novels in one draft alone. He doesn’t have a special…

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Vera Twomey

An only child who grew up on a farm, Vera loved the outdoors. “I was interested in camogie, and I’d read anything. I loved writing too, and had two short stories published when I was at…

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Isabel Vincent

When Isabel Vincent’s friend Valerie asked her to look in on her father, Edward, and have dinner with him, she didn’t know what to expect. She knew the nonagenarian was depressed – that his wife had…

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Úna-Minh Kavanagh

Úna-Minh was born creative. “I’ve always loved the radio, and I used to create my own plays and stories.” Brought up in an Irish heritage, Úna-Minh is passionate about the Irish language. Graduating from DCU, she…

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Catherine Chung

Catherine always wanted to be a poet. But, with no creative writing programmes on offer at her university, she studied mathematics instead. “I fell in love with maths. It’s so poetic. But literature felt like my…

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Maura McElhone

Eldest child of a journalist and a pharmacist, Maura loved the Arts at school. “We had a drama festival and a musical every year.” She took drama A ‘level and played the fiddle in a traditional…

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Stacey Halls

Stacey wrote and illustrated story books as a child and gave them away as presents. “I took a favourite Enid Blyton story and put myself in it. It wasn’t creative – it was plagiarism.” Daughter of…

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Ken O’Sullivan

Spending all his childhood summers, fishing, on Fenit Island, Ken has always felt at one with the sea. “I connected with it; with the seasons and the tide.” He also loved music. And when he left…

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Review. The Danger and the Glory. Irish Authors on the Art of Writing

How do writer’s write? Where does their inspiration come from, and what is their process of putting their words on the printed page? All this holds endless fascination for passionate readers, and for those who, eager…

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David Brennan

David read everything he could, as a child, and in his teens he loved poetry. “I wrote my first poem when I was on detention,” he says. “I loved Emily Dickinson and John Milton, but, playing…

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