Meet the Writers 2021

Here you find listings of all the writers that appeared at our 2021 festival. Click on any writer to see their full biography. The writers appear alphabetically.
Graham Norton

Graham Norton

Fiction, Irish Writing, Novel, West Cork

Graham Norton is one of the UK and Ireland’s most treasured comedians and presenters. He has won 9 BAFTAs for…

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Liz Nugent

Liz Nugent

Crime, Interviewer

Liz Nugent’s debut novel, Unravelling Oliver Irish Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year 2014 and was the biggest selling debut of…

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Billy O'Callaghan

Billy O’Callaghan

Cork, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Irish Writing, Novel

Billy O’Callaghan is the author of the critically acclaimed novel My Coney Island Baby, which has been translated into eight…

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Niamh O'Connell

Niamh O’Connell

Cork, Irish Writing, Poetry, Young Writer Delegate

Niamh O’Connell is a Cork-based poet. Her poetry has appeared in Irish publications such as The Quarryman and Bealtaine magazine….

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Nuala O'Connor

Nuala O’Connor

Fiction, Historical Fiction, Irish Writing, Novel

Nuala O’Connor is a novelist, short story writer and poet, and lives in Co. Galway with her family. She is…

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Mel O'Doherty

Mel O’Doherty

Cork, Debut, Fiction, Irish Writing, Novel

Mel O’Doherty was shortlisted for the Francis MacManus Award in 2019. In 2020 he was shortlisted for the Seán Ó…

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Caroline O'Doherty

Caroline O’Doherty

Environment, Interviewer

Caroline O’Doherty is the Environment Correspondent for the Irish Independent. She reports on a wide range of environment related topics…

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Don O'Mahony

Don O’Mahony


Don O’Mahony is a freelance writer for the Irish Examiner and Echo, covering arts, culture and entertainment.  He also contributes to the Journal of Music….

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Nadine O'Regan

Nadine O’Regan


Nadine O’Regan is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and podcaster. Editor of the Business Post Magazine, the culture magazine which is published…

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Meet the Writers 2021

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