Articles

Helen Sedgwick

A scientist, Helen has always been passionate about astronomy. Her father is an astrophysicist. As a child, she loved reading, but was not interested in writing. Brought up in England, she spent her summers near Dublin…

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RB Kelly

Daughter of a scientist, Rachael Kelly grew up loving science fiction, and she has always written. “I wrote my first book at 8 years old, and I finished three or four novels when I was in…

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Paul McVeigh

One of 7 children, Paul grew up in abject poverty at the height of Belfast’s troubles. After university he set up a theatre company, creating plays and giving new context to existing ones. Then, moving to…

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Tony Doherty

When he was ten years old, Tony wrote a story that won his family’s respect. He became a voracious reader as a teenager, loving the books of Walter Macken. In the early nineties, Tony was instrumental…

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Jill Dawson

SOME years ago the writer Jill Dawson discovered the novels of Patricia Highsmith and became somewhat obsessed. She read The Talented Mr Ripley first, then started discussing Highsmith, and exchanging novels with her sister. “The novels…

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EM Reapy

IN 2011, when Elizabeth Reapy set off for Australia, she was seething with anger. A child of the ’80s who had previously only known good times, she could no longer stand living in recession-fuelled Ireland; she…

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Shirley-Anne McMillan

Shirley-Anne started writing as a teenager, penning song lyrics and poetry. And when she became a teacher, working in Integrated Schools, she turned her hand to children’s stories and picture books. But her debut is YA…

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Colette Dartford

Raised in London by Irish parents, Colette spent all her childhood holidays in County Wexford. After taking her primary degree Colette worked, but stopped when she had her daughter, at 25. Later, after her return to…

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Cat Hogan

Cat has always loved books. And, when she was a child, her imagination was stirred by her father. “He had worked in the Merchant Navy, and then he joined Irish Lights. He would tell the four…

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Lia Mills at the WCLF.

Summer is literary festival season in Ireland, a chance for readers to meet writers and for books to be rediscovered. I was thrilled to be invited back to my favourite festival – the West Cork Literary…

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Mike McCormack

MIKE MCCORMACK is happy. It’s the afternoon of the launch of his latest novel, Solar Bones, and whatever reception the book might receive, he is satisfied that everyone involved in its production has given it their…

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Geraldine Mills

Geraldine has always enjoyed painting pictures with words. One of ten children, she had a rural upbringing. “I spent most of my childhood playing in the woods. It’s made me aware of nature, and how to…

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