Articles

Rory Gleeson

Rory’s parents made sure that he became a reader. “They insisted on it. It was all Roald Dahl. Then, at 13, I discovered Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy. I found it accessible, fun and empathetic.’ After college…

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Margaret Drabble

BEFORE we met, Margaret Drabble took a walk down Dun Laoghaire Pier. As these huge waves crashed below her, and she dodged to avoid the spray, she thought about the playwright, Samuel Beckett. And she wondered…

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Debut Round up, November and December, 2016

The North of Ireland appears to be basking in a literary revival. In the month that Sinead Gleeson has published The Glass Shore, a collection of stories by Northern Irish writers, the cream of the debuts…

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Cecelia Ahern

THE public appetite for talent shows doesn’t seem to be abating; they make great, and cheap entertainment, but what is it like to be a contestant, thrown into the limelight to be criticised or praised? Do…

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Emily Barr

As a child, Emily listened to the sound of the type-writer, as her father, a professor of film studies, wrote books on the subject. “I always wanted to write, and wrote terrible poetry as a teen,…

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Katherine Arden

It took Katherine a long time to decide to become a writer. “I wrote a lot in high school,” she says, “but when I went to college I wanted to be a diplomat and travel the…

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Review. Paul Howard. I Read the News Today, Oh Boy

If you take the Sally Gap road out of the Co Wicklow village of Roundwood, you reach one of the most beautiful views in the whole of Ireland. I’d been there often, looking down into a…

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Helena Mulkerns

Daughter of an independent film maker, and niece of an author, Helena has always been encouraged to read and write. “I wrote stories in copy books, and even had a table of contents.” After college, Helena…

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Karl Geary

A dyslexic, who was terrified of books, Karl left school without exams. Leaving Dublin for New York at 16, he started reading, loving the vibrant arts scene in East Village. “When you need to fill gaps…

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Seán Ó Súilleabháin

  Seán has written plays since he was a teenager. “I was greatly encouraged at my school, and I wrote plays in college too.” Originally keen to become a journalist, Seán soon realised the job was…

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Deirdre Purcell

Marian Lescher, the lead character in Deirdre Purcell’s new novel, is a journalist. A freelancer, she is delighted when she’s offered a job on a start-up magazine. She has to interview someone every week, and produce…

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Max Dickins

Max got into writing at university. “My confidence to write came through other things,” he says. “I got into performing sketch and stand-up comedy. I loved that idea of taking something and performing it, and getting…

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