Meet The Writers 2017

Writers

Dean Bakopoulos

Dean Bakopoulos
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Dean Bakopoulos’ first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was a New York Times Notable Book and was named the best novel of 2005 by The Friends of American Writers; he co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the novel, soon-to-be-released as a film starring James Franco and Rashida Jones. His second novel, My American...

Jan Carson

Jan Carson
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Jan Carson is a writer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears was published by Liberties Press in 2014, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children in 2016. Her flash fiction anthology, Postcard Stories is forthcoming from the Emma Press in 2017. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Storm Cellar, Banshee, Harper’s...

Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke
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Vona Groarke has published ten titles with Gallery Press, including seven poetry collections, the latest being Selected Poems, (2016). Her most recent publication is a book-length essay on art frames, Four Sides Full. Her poems have recently appeared in The New Yorker, Threepenny Review, The Guardian, Poetry and Poetry Review. Current editor of Poetry Ireland Review,...

Dave Lordan

Dave Lordan
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Dave Lordan is a multi-genre writer, performer, editor, and pathbreaking multimedia educator with four acclaimed books & twenty years experience in creativity education & cultural programme design. Check out his colourful new website at davelordan.com or follow Dave Lordan on YouTube or Facebook. As well as West Cork Literary Festival, Dave has provided workshops for RT...

Lara Marlowe

Lara Marlowe
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Lara Marlowe is a Paris-based foreign correspondent for The Irish Times newspaper.  She has written extensively on the rise of Islamic State, and covered jihadist attacks in Paris and Tunisia in 2015.  As a journalist for more than three decades, she has lived in Paris, the Middle East and Washington DC, where she covered Barack Obama’s first...

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa
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Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer working both in Irish and English. Her writing explores domesticity, desire, and the multiplicity of women’s lives. Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Michael Hartnett Award and the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary. She frequently participates in cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film,...

Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting
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Alissa Nutting is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, selected by judge Ben Marcus as winner of the 6th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, and the novel, Tampa, (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2013). Her new novel Made for Love is forthcoming from Ecco in July 2017. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Fence, BOMB, Elle,...

Phoebe Smith

Phoebe Smith
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Award-winning travel editor, writer and author Phoebe Smith has seen her love of dramatic landscapes and wild places take her on adventures all around the world – from wild camping on the Scottish islands, to meeting sea gypsies in Burma and watching the Northern Lights from a wigwam above the Arctic Circle. She is the editor of Wanderlust, the UK...

John Spillane

John Spillane
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John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer - a canvas filled with colour and brilliance.  His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience.  In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask...