Beginner’s Pluck


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Niamh Prior

As a child Niamh spent a lot of time reading, and the rest of the time enjoying the outdoors.             “I swam a lot in the sea,” she says. After leaving Brunel University, she went to […]

Olivia Hope

Olivia has always loved children, playing with them, and working with them.             “I was the big kid in primary school looking after the junior infants, and as a teen I was always coaching younger groups.” […]

Amanda Geard.

Amanda has always loved reading and writing. “I loved creative writing at school, but I adored science too.” Choosing geology, she’s travelled the world, from the Equator to the Arctic. She went across West Africa, to […]

Cristin Leach.

As a child, Cristín was surrounded by art. “There was art in our home, and we often visited galleries,” she says. “It was a seamless part of my childhood.” Her first job was reading the news […]

Bob Johnston

A lifelong reader Bob almost ‘lived’ in the library. “From 12 I read anything, from Stephen King and James Herbert, to my Mum’s Jilly Cooper. And I worked in the local bookshop at 17.” Bob’s plan […]

Sophie Irwin

Sophie wrote as a child but stopped at 15 out of embarrassment. After university she worked from home for the Great Taste Awards.             “Then I moved to London and worked as PA to the Managing […]

Deirdre Finnerty.

After graduating with a PhD in languages, Deirdre turned to journalism. “I did an internship with the BBC, and they told me about a training scheme.  I became the year’s global trainee working on international news, […]

Niamh Hargan.

Niamh has always believed that she would write a novel.             “It seemed a very standard aspiration,” she says. “As normal as buying a house.” After training as a solicitor in a commercial law firm in […]

Sally Hanan.

The second of six children brought up in County Wicklow, Sally was an early reader.             “I was always reading,” she says. “I started school aged three. At National School we had to write our news […]

Olivia Fitzsimons.

After studying history at university, Olivia went to London and worked as a business manager in advertising. After two years, moving to Dublin, she took an MA in Film. “I met my husband there, and stayed […]

Catherine Prasifka.

Catherine wrote her first story – about two witches and a dragon when she was nine; and as a teenager wrote two novels as a practice project. “I always said I wanted to be a writer,” […]

Sophie Haydock.

Books formed a huge part of Sophie’s childhood. “My Mum was always writing,” says Sophie. “She was never published but she always encouraged me. I felt writing was possible.”   Sophie started writing in the final […]