Articles

Justin Cartwright

In the middle of my interview with the eminent novelist, Justin Cartwright, he becomes emotional. We’re discussing Sweden; a country he loves, which made an appearance in his latest novel, and he told me about a…

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Averil Douglas Opperman

Rebelling against her parent’s wishes that she attend Trinity College Dublin, Averil joined the Irish Times as a cub reporter. Working in news, she frequently covered the Dáil, because of her family contacts. She became the…

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Cecelia Ahern

The Marble Collector. Harper Collins, €18.44; Kindle, €8.50 THE Marble Collector opens with a memory. Sabrina Bloggs, aged three, watches as her mother launches the teapot at the ceiling. In retrospect, she imagines this was done in…

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Kate Dempsey

Brought up in a house full of books,  Kate loved reading, but also science and maths. After studying physics she went into IT, and worked in London before being transferred to Holland where she met her…

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Hilary Fannin

Hilary worked in a lot of menial jobs and as a classroom assistant before she discovered that it was possible to have a career in writing. First she worked in theatre. “I trained at the Oscar…

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Patrick DeWitt

PATRICK DEWITT is a born writer. He has never wanted to do anything else. However, leaving school early, eschewing college, and never attending a creative writing programme, it took him a long while to figure out…

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Emma Comerford

Emma was brought up in a house full of books. Her father, a solicitor, wrote some legal textbooks, and in the sixties he wrote plays which were performed in the Abbey Theatre. Emma didn’t write as…

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Sloane Crosley

A lifelong reader, Sloane started writing at college with some short stories, and afterwards, after a brief spell in Scotland, she worked in publishing for 12 years. “I was an assistant in a Literary Agency for…

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The Death of Father Gerry Reynolds.

I was saddened to hear of the death, yesterday, of the great peacemaker, Father Gerry Reynolds. I interviewed him for Reality magazine back in 2009. This article, below, has been quoted, in the BBC amongst other…

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Cesca Major

Cesca became addicted to writing whilst at university. But, following an early ambition, and became a freelance TV presenter, working for ITV West. She left, and became a history teacher,  because she wanted a more regular…

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Event with Cecelia Ahern

It’s always a pleasure to meet Cecelia Ahern. From the time we first met, after the publication of Ps I Love You, through various other interviews and book events over the years, I have always adored…

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Kate Beaufoy

Kate Beaufoy dreamed of restoring a house she fell in love with. Instead, she restored its historical characters to bring them back to life, as she explains to Sue Leonard   KATE BEAUFOY looks beautiful in…

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