Lorna Sixsmith

Posted by Sue Leonard on Tuesday 19th June 2018

Brought up on a farm, Lorna loved reading. She wrote her own version of the Famous Five. After a year studying dental nursing, she took various jobs in Dublin and London, then she returned to college.

“Afterwards, I taught at a comprehensive school in Andover, then in a sixth form College in Winchester.”

In 2002, married with a baby, Lorna moved back to Ireland.

“I worked as a part-time lecturer for a year in Carlow College, and then I worked full time in farming.”

Seven years later, alongside farming, Lorna set up an interior design business, and she started blogging.

“I enjoyed it, and in 2012, I began teaching people how to use social media. I also did some copywriting for a few businesses.”

Meanwhile she blogged about life on the farm, and this led to three self-published books. Then Lorna was approached by agent and scout Vanessa O’Loughlin, who secured a traditional publishing deal.


Who is Lorna Sixsmith 

Date of birth: 1969, in County Laois.

Education:  Kilkenny College; King Alfred’s College in Winchester:  BA English and History. Bath Spa University, MA in Irish studies TGCE in secondary school teaching.

Home: Farm in Garrendenny, County Laois.

Family: Husband Brian, children Will and Kate.

The Day Job: Farming and writing. “Autumn is my best time for writing, because the farm is quieter then.”

In Another Life: “I’d live by the sea and have a more leisurely, artistic life. I’d paint, write and read.”

Favourite Writers: Louise Phillips; Jo Nesbo; Emma Donoghue; Jane Austen; Roger Evans; Donal Ryan.

Second Novel: “I’ve lots of ideas. My plan is to pitch some non-fiction ideas, then start a novel.”

Top Tip: Give yourself deadlines. Then you will burn the midnight oil and get it done.”

Web: www.LornaSixsmith.com  Twitter: @lornaesixsmith


The Debut: Till the Cows Come Home. Black & White Publishing: €14.80. Kindle: €5.82. 

In 1982, Lorna swapped the security of her teaching job in England for the family farm in Laois. Sixteen years on, she happily combines her passions of motherhood, farming and writing. In this informative memoir she combines social and family history with the everyday highs and lows of farming.

The Verdict An illuminating, heart-warming and humorous account of life on a farm.


 Published in The Irish Examiner on 2nd June

© Sue Leonard. 2018

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