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Lisa Harding

Around eight years ago Lisa Harding gave up acting. She had been a successful ingenue – playing Juliette in London, where she gained substantial roles in plays by Tennessee Williams. But later, the parts she was…

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John Ware

John Ware has been passionately interested in history for his entire life. And, specifically, in the events of the First World War. As a child, he devoured war stories – both factual and from his comics,…

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Eithne Shorthall

Eithne Shortall has always been driven. And although, growing up, she wanted to be an actress, or a poet, having decided, for practical purposes to study journalism, she’s never looked back. She went straight from Dublin…

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Cork’s One City One Book.

I’m thrilled , and honoured to have been asked to Launch Cork’s One City One Book for 2021. Now in it’s 6th Year, this is a fabulous initiative, which encourages book loving Corkonians to read and…

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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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Ciara Geraghty

The heroine in Ciara Geraghty’s latest novel prefers figures to people; order is essential to Marianne Cross. So when she loses her job, her house and her marriage, and has to return to her shambolic childhood…

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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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