Meet the Writers

Here you find listings of the writers who are appearing at our 2024 festival. Click on any writer to see their full biography. The writers appear alphabetically.
Michelle McDonagh

Michelle McDonagh

Cork, Crime, Fiction, Irish Writing

Michelle McDonagh is an Irish journalist with over twenty-five years’ experience. She is married with three children and lives in…

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Ruth McKee

Ruth McKee

Interviewer, Irish Writing, Podcast

Ruth McKee is editor of Books Ireland, a writer and reviewer.   Ruth McKee’s attendance at West Cork Literary Festival…

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Laura McKenna

Laura McKenna

Cork, Editor, Fiction, Irish Writing, Short Stories

Laura McKenna is a writer of fiction and poetry. Her debut novel, Words to Shape My Name, (New Island, 2021), was…

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Danielle McLaughlin

Danielle McLaughlin

Cork, Fiction, Irish Writing

Danielle McLaughlin’s short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press. In 2019,…

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Paula Meehan

Paula Meehan

Irish Writing, Poetry

Paula Meehan is among the best-known and most admired of contemporary Irish poets. Born in 1955 in Dublin where she…

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Kel Menton

Kel Menton

Cork, Interviewer, Irish Writing, LGBTQI+, Young Adults

Kel Menton (they/them) is a non-binary writer from Cork, Ireland. They did both their degree in English literature and MA…

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Thomas Morris

Thomas Morris

Fiction, Short Stories

Thomas Morris’ debut story collection We Don’t Know What We’re Doing won The Wales Book of the Year Award, The Rhys Davies…

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Priscilla Morris

Priscilla Morris

Fiction, Novel, Workshop

Priscilla Morris is a British author of Bosnian-Cornish parentage. She grew up in London, spending summers in Sarajevo, and studied…

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Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy

Cork, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Irish Writing, Novel

Dublin-born Mary Morrissy is the author of four novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender The Rising of Bella Casey and…

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Meet the Writers

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