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...

Brendan Barrington

Brendan Barrington
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Brendan Barrington is an editor at Penguin Ireland, where he has published fiction and non-fiction by authors including Molly McCloskey, Brian Dillon, Greg Baxter, Caitríona Palmer, Lia Mills, Tim Robinson and Selina Guinness. He is also the founder and editor of The Dublin Review, a quarterly magazine of essays, reportage, memoir and fiction.

Eileen Battersby

Eileen Battersby
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Born in California, Eileen Battersby is a graduate of University College Dublin. An Irish Times staff arts journalist and literary reviewer, she is a four-time recipient of the National Arts Journalist of the Year award, and was named National Critic of the Year in 2012. Second Readings: From Beckett to Black Beauty was published in 2009 and Ordinary Dogs – a Story...

Sara Baume

Sara Baume
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Sara Baume’s short fiction and criticism have been published in anthologies, newspapers and journals such as the Irish Times, the Guardian, Stinging Fly and Granta magazine. She won the 2014 Davy Byrne’s Short Story Award, and in 2015, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize for Literature and an Irish Book Award for Best Newcomer. Her...

Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger
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Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers. His twelve previous novels include The Journey Home, Father’s Music, The Valparaiso Voyage, The Family on Paradise Pier, A Second Life, New Town Soul, The Fall of Ireland and Tanglewood. Dermot’s latest novel The Lonely Sea and Sky was published in 2016. His first...

John Boyne

John Boyne
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John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers....

Dylan Brennan

Dylan Brennan
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Currently based in Mexico City, Dylan Brennan writes poetry and prose. His most recent publication is GUADALUPE & other hallucinations (The Penny Dreadful Press, 2017), a short collection of prose chronicles accompanied by linocut prints made by Belfast-based artist Jonathan Brennan. His debut poetry collection, Blood Oranges, was published by The Penny Dreadful Press in 2014 and was awarded...

Alice Carey

Alice Carey
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Alice Carey started her first diary at age ten. Writing daily ever since, she has three books, several plays and numerous essays and articles to her credit. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, she volunteered for Gay Men’s Health Crisis – work that changed her life. She’s made a living as a waitress, substitute teacher,...

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...

Catherine Cleary

Catherine Cleary
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Catherine Cleary is a journalist, author and broadcaster. She began her career as a news reporter with The Irish Times and became security correspondent with The Sunday Tribune. Her first book, Life Sentence, Murder Victims and their Families was published in 2004. Her second book, A Month of Somedays, came out in 2012. She co-wrote Counter Culture, The Sheridans Guide...

Shane Connaughton

Shane Connaughton
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Shane Connaughton is an acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and actor. His screenplay for My Left Foot was shortlisted for an Academy Award; the film won two acting Oscars. His short film, The Dollar Bottom (1980) won an Academy Award for Best Short Film. His published fiction includes A Border Station, which was a bestseller and was shortlisted for the Guinness Peat Aviation...

Trish Deseine

Trish Deseine
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Trish Deseine was born in Belfast and recently returned to Ireland after 25 years working and raising a family in France. Since being approached by French publishers Hachette to write her first cookbook Petits Plats entre Amis in 2000, her unabashed love of eating and cooking, with a penchant for chocolate, made her one of France’s best loved food writers....

Theo Dorgan

Theo Dorgan
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Theo Dorgan is a poet who is also a novelist, non-fiction prose writer, editor, translator, broadcaster, librettist and documentary scriptwriter. He has published five books of poetry. His most recent collection is Nine Bright Shiners, published in 2014 by Dedalus Press. His two prose accounts of crossing the Atlantic under sail, Sailing For Home and Time On The Ocean; A Voyage...

Carol Drinkwater

Carol Drinkwater
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Carol Drinkwater is a multi-award-winning actress who is best known for playing Helen Herriot in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small. She has since written 21 fiction and non-fiction books, including four memoirs set on her olive farm in the south of France, which have sold over one million copies worldwide. The Forgotten Summer (‘page-turning’ –...

Anne Enright

Anne Enright
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Anne Enright is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. She was born in Dublin in 1962, studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and went on to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is a former RTÉ television producer. A full time writer since 1991, she has lived, for all her writing...

John FitzGerald

John FitzGerald
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Born in Ireland, John FitzGerald has been writing poetry since 2010. In 2014 he received the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. He is the recipient of a 2015 Key West Literary Bursary and acted as a juror for the 2016 Poem for Ireland Competition. His poems have been published widely since 2014 in journals, newspapers...

Ruth Fitzmaurice

Ruth Fitzmaurice
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Ruth Fitzmaurice was born in 1976 and grew up in Louth. She was a radio researcher and producer when she married film director and writer, Simon, in 2004 and had three children. In 2008, Simon was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and given three years to live. Simon went into respiratory failure in 2010 and was accidentally placed on a ventilator during an emergency...

Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher
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Mia Gallagher was born in Dublin, where she lives and works. Her debut novel, HellFire, was widely acclaimed and received the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Literature Award in 2007, while her award-winning short fiction has been widely published and anthologised. Mia has received several Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and has been writer-in-residence in many...

Jon Gower

Jon Gower
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Jon Gower has over twenty books to his name: these include The Story of Wales, which accompanied the landmark BBC series, Y Storiwr, which won the Wales Book of the Year and An Island Called Smith, about a disappearing island in Chesapeake Bay, which was awarded the John Morgan travel writing award. Jon is a former...

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,...

Lisa Harding

Lisa Harding
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Lisa Harding completed an MPhil in creative writing at Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Her short story ‘Counting Down’ was a winner in the inaugural Doolin Writer’s Prize in 2013. Other stories have been published in The Dublin Review, The Bath Short Story Anthology and have been short-listed and highly commended in various competitions including Fish, Cuirt, Listowel,...

Melissa Harrison

Melissa Harrison
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Melissa Harrison is a nature writer and columnist for The Times, the Weekend FT and the Guardian. Her debut novel Clay (2013) won the Portsmouth First Fiction Award and was chosen by Ali Smith as a Book of the Year. Her second novel, At Hawthorn Time, was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award...

Neil Hegarty

Neil Hegarty
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Neil Hegarty was born in Derry and studied English at Trinity College Dublin, receiving his PhD in 1998. He is the author of the authorised biography of David Frost and of The Story of Ireland. Inch Levels is his first novel and is shortlisted for the Kerry Group Novel of the Year Award in association with Listowel Writers’ Week. Neil...

Alannah Hopkin

Alannah Hopkin
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Alannah Hopkin, a novelist, travel writer, and critic, lives in Kinsale, Co Cork.  She grew up in London and studed at Queen Mary University of London and Essex University. She has published two novels (Hamish Hamilton, London); her non fiction books include West Cork: the People and the Place (The Collins Press, Cork) as well as numerous travel guides...

Karen J. McDonnell

Karen J. McDonnell
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Karen J. McDonnell won the 2014 WOW Poetry Award and was runner up in the 2015 Wild Atlantic Words and the 2015 Baffle poetry competitions. She was shortlisted for the 2014 Poems for Patience Award, as well as being longlisted for the 2014 Over the Edge New Writing Prize. Her poetry and other writing has been published and anthologised in Ireland and abroad, including The...

Bob Jackson

Bob Jackson
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Bob Jackson lectures in Creative Media at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. He produced the feature documentary A Doctor’s Sword, which was released in Irish cinemas in 2015 and was nominated for an IFTA award in 2016. Bob also works in music production, and lives in Cork city.

Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones
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Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron on the West coast of Wales in 1975. He is the author of five novels, The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the Beach, Bird, Blood, Snow, The Dig and Cove. His work is published in twenty or so countries, and short stories have appeared on BBC Radio 4 and in a...

John Kelly

John Kelly
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John Kelly has been described variously as an awkward bugger (Fergal Gaynor, 2007) and a free radical (Guangzhou Triennale, 2008), and whilst these observations are no doubt true his awkward radical behaviour leads to some interesting results. John Kelly was born in 1965. His father, from Cork, and mother from Bristol, the family immigrated to Australia the same year. Due to his birth,...

Emma Jane Kirby

Emma Jane Kirby
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Emma Jane Kirby is a radio journalist for the BBC and has reported extensively on international affairs, from Brussels to Afghanistan. She is a former foreign correspondent in Europe and Paris. She won the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents for her report ‘The Optician of Lampedusa’, on which this book is based. You may read Emma Jane&rsquo...

Min Kym

Min Kym
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South Korean born and raised in the UK, Min Kym began playing the violin at the age of 6. At 7 she was accepted as the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music; at 16 she was the youngest ever foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music. The legendary conductor George Solti said she had ‘exceptional natural talent, mature...

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...

Thomas Lynch

Thomas Lynch
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Thomas Lynch is a writer and a funeral director. His collections of poems include Skating with Heather Grace (1987), Grimalkin & Other Poems (1994), Still Life in Milford (2000), Walking Papers (Jonathan Cape 2010) and The Sin-eater: A Breviary (Salmon Poetry 2011). The Undertaking (1997), his first book of nonfiction, won The American Book Award, The Heartland Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for...

PJ Lynch

PJ Lynch
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PJ Lynch was appointed the fourth Laureate na nÓg in May 2016. PJ was born in Belfast, and has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving Brighton College of Art in England in 1984. He has illustrated over twenty books, including modern editions of classic books such as Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and The...

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...

Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride
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Eimear McBride grew up in the west of Ireland and studied acting at Drama Centre London. Her debut novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing took nine years to publish and subsequently received the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber...

Mike McCormack

Mike McCormack
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Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Mayo. His previous work includes Getting it in the Head (1995), Crowe’s Requiem (1998), Notes from a Coma (2005), which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award, and Forensic Songs (2012). In 1996 he was awarded the...

Rachel McCrum

Rachel McCrum
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Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer and workshop teacher who has worked in Scotland, Quebec, Haiti, South Africa, Greece and Ireland. She won the Callum MacDonald Award for her first pamphlet The Glassblower Dances in 2012; was the first ever BBC Scotland Poet In Residence in 2015 and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2016. She is a founding member of...

Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor
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Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Prize, and Somerset Maugham Award, and has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in...

Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney
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Lisa McInerney is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenwriter from Galway. Formerly an award-winning blogger, her work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta and BBC Radio 4 and in the anthologies The Long Gaze Back (New Island), Beyond The Centre (New Island) and Town and Country ...

Paula Meehan

Paula Meehan
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Paula Meehan was born in Dublin where she still lives. A playwright and poet, she has received many awards for her work. She has been Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2013 – 2016. Her public lectures from the Professorship, Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, were published in 2016 by UCD Press. Paula’s poetry has been set to music by artists...

Jane Mitchell

Jane Mitchell
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Jane Mitchell has written several books for children and young people. Her first novel, When Stars Stop Spinning, was Bisto Book of the Year, and her more recent Chalkline, about a child soldier and his family, won not only a CBI Merit award but also the Children’s Choice award. She works in disability provision in Ireland and travels...

Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss
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Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of four novels: Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children; and the co-author of Chocolate: A Global History. She spent 2009-10 as a visiting lecturer at the University...

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
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Born 1942 in Cork, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, and currently Ireland Professor of Poetry (2016-19). With her husband Macdara Woods, the late Leland Bardwell and the late Pearse Hutchinson, she is a founder and co-editor of the Irish poetry journal Cyphers. The Sun-Fish, her seventh collection, was shortlisted for...

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,...

Graham Norton

Graham Norton
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Graham Norton is one of our most treasured comedians and presenters. His first big TV appearance was as Father Noel Furlong on Father Ted in the early 1990s. He then secured a prime time slot on Channel 4 with his chat shows So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton. Known for his quick wit Graham began hosting a variety of talent...

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,...

Billy O’Callaghan

Billy O’Callaghan
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Billy O'Callaghan, from Cork, is the author of three short story collections: In Exile and In Too Deep (both Mercier Press), and The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind (New Island Books). His first novel, The Dead House, will be published by O'Brien Press/Brandon Books in Spring 2017. Winner of a Bord Gais Energy Irish Book...

Matt Padwick

Matt Padwick
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Matt Padwick spent his twenties travelling the world as an adventure travel guide, and his thirties managing a Tibetan Buddhist meditation centre in West Cork. In Transpose he explores the insecurity that powered a life of extreme sport and wilderness adventure, and the moments of pure mind and perfect balance that made it addictive. With planet-sized humour and wry vision...

Lara Pawson

Lara Pawson
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Lara Pawson lives in London. For stretches, she has also lived in Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Johannesburg, Luanda, an auberge in the Alpes-Maritimes and a hamlet in Somerset. She is the author of two books: This Is the Place to Be, a fragmentary memoir published in 2016 with CB editions, and In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre ...

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry
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Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway, and has been a writer-in-residence at the Gladstone Library and from January-February 2016 was the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio...

Sibéal Pounder

Sibéal Pounder
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Sibéal Pounder previously worked for the Financial Times, where she researched the How To Spend It section and wrote the For Goodness’ Sake column – interviewing everyone from Veronica Etro to Vivienne Westwood. As well as Bad Mermaids, she writes about fabulous witches and feisty fairies in Witch Wars, her first and much loved series for Bloomsbury....

Dave Rudden

Dave Rudden
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Dave Rudden has brought author talks and creative writing workshops to over two hundred schools, libraries and festivals across Ireland and the UK. His work has appeared in the Guardian, the Stinging Fly and the Irish Times, and has been shortlisted for the Hennessey New Writing Prize and the Bath Short Story Prize. He is the recipient of the 2011 Fantasy...

Holly Smale

Holly Smale
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Holly Smale is the author of the award-winning, bestselling Geek Girl series. She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with...

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...

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith
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Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Weep Up (Tupelo Press, September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the Individual 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. She is also the...

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...

Karolina Sutton

Karolina Sutton
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Karolina Sutton is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, one of Europe’s largest literary agencies. She represents fiction and non-fiction writers as well as suspense, crime fiction and books which defy genre. The novelists and short story writers on her list include winners of major literary awards and debut authors. Her aim is to create a...

Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín
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Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of eight novels including The Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the...

Tomi Ungerer

Tomi Ungerer
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Tomi Ungerer is a prolific and multi-faceted artist and storyteller.  His work spans groundbreaking children’s books, social satire and political protest art as well as observational nature drawings, collage and found objects.  He is also a keen prankster and aphorist. Tomi is from Alsace, France and has called West Cork home since the 1970s. Tomi&rsquo...

Dame Marina Warner

Dame Marina Warner
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Dame Marina Warner is an award-winning writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works includes novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols and fairytales. She is known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth. She has written for many publications over the years, including The London Review of Books, the New Statesman,...

Denyse Woods

Denyse Woods
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Denyse Woods, who also writes as Denyse Devlin, is the author of five novels, including the critically acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and The Catalpa Tree, a bestseller in Ireland and the UK. Her other novels include Like Nowhere Else (Denyse Woods), Hopscotch and If Not Now… (Denyse Devlin). She has been awarded Artists’ Bursaries by the Arts Council...