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Christopher Fitz-Simon is a former Artistic Director of the Irish Theatre Company, the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He has lectured in Ireland, Britain, Canada, the US, South America and throughout Europe. Among his books are The Boys (2002), Eleven Houses (2007) and Buffoonery and Easy Sentiment (2011). Christopher is the editor behind Rise Above!: Letters from Tyrone Guthrie (The […]

DBF Interviews: Christopher Fitz-Simon


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Jane McClenaghan has had a life-long passion for good food. She grew up in Northern Ireland in a family where growing, cooking and eating healthy food was part of life. Fully qualified in Food Science and Nutritional Therapy, she runs successful clinical practices in Belfast and Holywood, supporting people with a variety […]

DBF Interviews: Jane McClenaghan


Colin Dardis
Colin Dardis is a poet, editor and freelance arts facilitator from Northern Ireland. He co-runs Poetry NI, and is editor for Lagan Online. One of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2016, a collection with Eyewear, the x of y, is forthcoming in 2018. A past recipient of the Artist Career Enhancement Scheme from the Arts Council […]

DBF Interviews: Colin Dardis



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Jack Harte is a world-renowned Irish short story writer, novelist and playwright.  He is the founder of the Irish Writers Centre and the Irish Writers’ Union. The Irish Independent declared his novel In the wake of the Bagger (2006) to be ‘one of the great books about Ireland’. With over a dozen novels and […]

DBF Interviews: Jack Harte


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This year #DBF2017 falls on Halloween week, so we decided to embrace the dark side and ask some of our participating authors to craft their own short spooky story. Read more below… if you dare!                             Sam Blake  “Watching  […]

Spooky Tales by Irish Writers


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Caroline Busher graduated with a First Class Honours MA in Creative Writing from UCD. She is the Irish Times best-selling author of The Ghosts of Magnificent Children (Poolbeg Press) and is represented by Trace Literary Agency (USA). She is the recipient of many awards and was appointed the Reader in […]

DBF Interviews: Caroline Busher