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Dermot Keane

Dermot lived in County Cork until he was nine, when the family moved to Kildare. An only child, he was a voracious reader.              “I never thought of being a writer,” he says, “but I loved writing […]

Karl Geary

Karl Geary is in his car, in Glasgow, talking to me via zoom. After spending many rackety years in the States, the Dubliner is happily settled in Glasgow. After a lifetime of yearning to be a […]

Sheena Wilkinson.

Sheena’s childhood was a typically imaginative one. “I wrote from the age of nine,” she says, “and I always loved reading.  I’d take a book to birthday parties in case I got bored.” She was always […]

Declan Toohey.

Declan has been reading for as long as he can remember.             “Yet as a small child, I couldn’t sit still. I was frequently climbing a tree or climbing out of a window.” He wrote his […]

Shane Dunphy

Before I start reading a novel, I turn to the page of Acknowledgments. You can learn a lot from them. Can the writer form a good sentence? Is he/she over fond of exclamation marks? Are they […]

Carmel McMahon.

The second in a family of nine, brought up in poverty, Carmel was always close to her mother.             “As a teenager I had a good group of girlfriends. I liked to hitchhike to Dublin and […]

Kathleen MacMahon.

Kathleen MacMahon has writing in her blood. As a Granddaughter of the short story writer, Mary Lavin, and niece of the late Caroline Walsh, former Books editor of the Irish Times, whose husband, James Ryan is […]

Joseph Murray

A creative kid, who wrote screenplays in his teens, Joseph spent the year after university in Los Angeles, living in Beverley Hills and working as a media content specialist. Returning home, he moved to Drumcondra, and […]

Karina Molloy

A tomboy who adored sport, Karina loved watching war movies with her father. At 19, she worked in the Sports Complex in UCD, as a sports assistant. After five months, and an initial rejection from the […]

Anya Bergman

Anya’s Mum was a housekeeper in England, and she was brought up in other people’s houses. “I played make believe games about children in orphanages,” she says. Living in Ireland, Anya published some women’s fiction books […]

Suad Aldarra

As a teenager Suad wrote thrillers and romantic stories to explore a different world. “And later, In Damascus. I wrote romantic essays and diaries,” she says. “I had two essays published in a Lebanese newspaper.” After […]

Sam Blake

Sam Blake has always been passionate about words. And she likes nothing more than writing – losing herself in her characters and intricate plots. She’s published eight crime fiction novels since 2016 – many of them […]