Bronagh Curran.

Posted by Sue Leonard on Wednesday 22nd February 2023

As a child Bronagh wanted to be a poet. Then, after BBC’s watching BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, she wanted to adapt classics for film and TV.

After college she landed a job writing features for the Meath Chronicle. An interview with Pierce Brosnan led to a position with the News of the World.

            “That was great for two years, but when the Irish editor retired, we worked with London, and, disillusioned, I left journalism.”

Turning to admin, Bronagh worked for the VHI, a dental practice, and the Irish Hospice Association.

            “I met Senator Marie Louise McDonnell there, and worked as her PA for the last year of her term.”

Meanwhile, Bronagh was writing. Her first book, for children, gained her an agent. Her second, for young adults, sold in the Netherlands. Her third failed to find a home.

Her debut was inspired by the Extinction Rebellion marches in 2019.

            “There was so much power there, but naivety too. I thought what happens if their goodness is manipulated?”

Who is Bronagh Curran?

Date of birth: 1981 in Dublin but raised in Oldcastle County Meath.

Education: St Oliver Post Primary in Oldcastle; Crumlin College. PLC course in media production.

Home: Cabinteely.

Family: My best friend Deborah and her little boy, Teddy.

The Day Job: Dental surgery assistant.

In Another Life:  “I’d write for TV and film. My dream would be to adapt one of my own books for the screen.” 

Favourite Writers: Jane Austen; Marian Keyes; John Green; David Nichol; John Boyne; Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Second Book: “I’m working on a book. It’s contemporary, with a touch of magical realism.”

Top Tip: “Write for your own pleasure, rather than for an audience.”

The Debut: The Good Activist. Merdog Books: €16.80.  Kindle: €1.14.

Maeve Daly takes journalism at college because she wants to change the world. But it’s not until she meets Ferdia, and her fellow climate activists that she feels a sense of belonging. She’s a passionate follower, but what will happen when belonging to the ‘clan’ starts to cause her own destruction?

“I’ve always been fascinated with cults; with the psychology between the manipulator and the person who is easily manipulated.”

The Verdict: A fascinating psychological tale which is all too true to life.

Published in the Irish Examiner on December 3rd,

© Sue J leonard. 2022.

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