Ceapadh Aifric Mac Aodha ina heagarthóir ar Comhar le déanaí agus tá sí ina heagarthóir filíochta Gaeilge ar The Stinging Fly. Tá sí ag obair ina haistritheoir leis an bhFoclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge. Foilsíodh a ceád chnuasach, Gabháil Syrinx sa bhliain 2010.
Aifric Mac Aodha was recently appointed editor of the Irish language magazine Comhar and is the Irish language poetry editor of The Stinging Fly. She works as a translator for the New English-Irish Dictionary. Her first collection, Gabháil Syrinx was published in 2010.
Alan Corbett graduated with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art in 2010 following a BA in Graphic Design at Cork IT. Taking inspiration from classical Irish illustrators such as Harry Clarke, Richard Doyle and Daniel Maclise, he has exhibited in Ireland and the UK. He lives in Cork.
Born in Leitrim and now living inDublin, Alan Early studied in theNationalFilmSchool,Dun Laoghaire. Upon graduation in 2008, he co-founded Annville Films. From an early age he used to write and illustrate short stories about Banshees and ghost animals and whatever else struck his imagination. When he was ten, he visited Dublinia, a recreated Viking village and so began a love affair with Viking lore. He is the author of acclaimed Arthur Quinn series.
Alex Hijmans (The Netherlands, 1975) is an international correspondent and author based in Salvador, Brazil. Between 1995 and 2007 he lived in Ireland, where he learnt Irish and worked as a reporter for Nuacht TG4 and RTÉ News. His books Gonta, Aiséirí and Favela are published by Cois Life.
Is comhfhreagraí idirnáisiúnta agus údar é Alex Hijmans (An Ísiltír, 1975). Chónaigh sé in Éirinn idir 1995 agus 2007, áit ar fhoghlaim sé Gaeilge agus ar oibrigh sé le Nuacht TG4 agus RTÉ News. Tá a leabhair Gonta, Aiséirí agus Favela foilsithe ag Cois Life.
Anthony Farrell is a Dublin-based independent publisher who founded his press in Westmeath in 1984. He has brought to light over 500 works of Irish literature and history. Of these, some 150 have been digitized for e-book trading.
Alan Nolan lives and works in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. He is co-creator of SANCHO comic and is writer and illustrator of the SKREWY SCIENCE WITH PROF. BUTTERKNUT & KRONK cartoon strip for the Irish Times. He is the author and illustrator of The Big Break Detectives Casebook and the ‘Murder Can Be Fatal’ series (The O’Brien Press). The latest instalment of the series …And the Blood Flowed Green has just been published.
Albert Power is a writer, Gothic scholar, and editor of the 250th anniversary edition of Thomas Leland’s Longsword. In 2011, he edited and introduced The Complete Ghost Stories of Chapelizod by J.S. Le Fanu for Swan River Press. He has published essays on William Beckford, Ann Radcliffe, Wilkie Collins, and J.S. Le Fanu, among others, and lectured and given television interviews about Bram Stoker. In 2010, he treated in a National Library of Ireland lecture of literary affinities between Charles Maturin and Oscar Wilde. His fiction has been published by Ex Occidente Press.
Alice Taylor is one of Ireland’s most popular writers. Her books include To School Through the Fields, An Irish Country Diary, Close to the Earth, Quench the Lamp and many more. She grew up on a farm in North Cork and has lived her married life in the village of Innishannon, West Cork. In And Time Stood Still, her first book for a number of years , Alice shares her heart and soul and talks about the special people in her life and her memories of them.
Alan Titley is a scholar and writer who has published novels, stories, plays and has written documentary films for television. Emeritus Professor of Modern Irish in UCC, he also spent many years as Head of the Irish Department in St Patrick’s College. He wrote and presented Scéal na Gaeilge (The Story of Irish) earlier this year.
Scoláire agus scríbhneoir é Alan Titley a bhfuil úrscéalta, gearrscéalta, drámaí, agus beagán filíochta scríofa aige. Ollamh emeritus le Nua-Ghaeilge UCC, chaith sé seal fada ina Cheann ar Roinn na Gaeilge i gColáiste Phádraig. Scríobh agus chuir i láthair Scéal na Gaeilge do TG4 níos luaithe i mbliana.
Aoife Walsh is the editor and publisher of The South Circular, a quarterly digital e-journal of short stories by emerging writers. The South Circular also commissions front jackets from designers, illustrators, photographers and artists from around the world. Aoife is influenced by the work of Dave Eggars, Canadian and American literary magazines and their publishers and is interested in the disciplines of visual communications and bookmaking.www.thesouthcircular.com
Barry’s life in the theatre began in the days of the fit-ups when a company visited a different town every week, staging a different play each night. He had a wide-ranging acting career, also directing the first productions of John B. Keane’s ‘The Field’, ‘Big Maggie’, ‘The Year of the Hiker’ and ‘The Matchmaker’. He has appeared regularly in films including Neil Jordan’s forthcoming ‘Byzantium’.
Scríobhann Biddy Jenkinson dánta, scéalta agus drámaí. Coiscéim a fhoilsíonn iad. Scríobhann sí scéalta di fén, i gcomhpháirt le Ríbó an t-ealaíontóir. Tugtar ‘scéalta do leanaí’ ; orthu sin. An mana atá aici: ’Bí ag gáirí!’
Brian Lucey is professor of Finance in Trinity College Dublin and a prolific author and commentator on financial and banking issues. He has a BA in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in International Economics, Trade and Politics from University College Dublin and a PhD in Finance from Stirling University
Brian Colbert is regarded as one of the most prominent and successful Mind Coaches in Ireland today. He is a Licensed Master Trainer of NLP and co-Founder of The Irish Institute of NLP. He is author of the ‘The Happiness Habit’ and his forthcoming book ‘From Ordinary to Extraordinary’ is due to be released in January 2013.
Is as Gort na Móna, Scairbh na gCaorach i gCo. Mhuineacháin ó dhúchas do Chaitríona Ní Chléirchín. Léachtóir le Gaeilge í i gColáiste na hOllscoile Bhaile Átha Cliath agus tá sí ag críochniú dochtúireachta ar fhilíocht Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill agus Biddy Jenkinson faoi láthair. Chaith sí bliain i Lyon na Fraince, ag déanamh máistreachta ar an litríocht Fhrancach agus tháinig sí go mór faoi thionchar an écriture féminine. Tugann sí guth don tsuibiacht labhartha bhaineann ina cuid filíochta. “Liriceoir nua an ghrá”, a thug Mícheál Ó Ruairc uirthi in Comhar, Nollaig 2010.Bhuaigh a cnuasach filíochta Crithloinnir an chéad duais san Oireachtas i gComórtas na Scríbhneoirí Úra 2010. Tá sí ar an ghearrliosta do Dhuais Eithne Strong 2011. Tá dánta foilsithe aici in Comhar, Feasta agus Blaiseadh Pinn, Cyphers, The SHOp, An t-Ultach agus An Guth. Foilsíonn sí léirmheasanna, ailt iriseoireachta agus acadúla fosta.
Caitríona Ní Chléirchín is originally from Gortmoney, Emyvale in Co. Monaghan. She is an Irish-language lecturer in University College Dublin and is completing a doctorate on the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Biddy Jenkinson at present. She spent a year in Lyon, France studying a masters in French literature and was very influenced by écriture féminine. She gives voice to the feminine speaking subject in her poetry. Mícheál Ó Ruairc has described her as the new love lyricist writing Irish poetry today in Comhar, December 2010. Crithloinnir her début collection of poetry won first prize in the Oireachtas competition for new writers in 2010. She has published poetry in Comhar, Feasta and Blaiseadh Pinn, Cyphers, The SHOp, An t-Ultach and An Guth. She also writes reviews, academic and journalistic articles in The Irish Times, Comhar, and Taighde agus Teagasc and others.
Catherine Cleary is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly restaurant column for The Irish Times. Her latest book, A Month of Somedays, How One Woman made the Most of Now is a memoir of a year in which she tried out some of her ‘someday’ dreams by doing them for thirty consecutive days at a time. Now she has added fluter, sweaty yoga goer, allotment-gardener, pigeon Mandarin speaker, barefoot runner and cupcake maker to her description. She is married to Liam Reid and they live in Dublin with their three sons.
Catherine Fulvio is the proprietor of the Ballyknocken House Cookery School, a prolific cookery writer (with a regular column in The Sunday World) and one of Ireland’s top television culinary stars.
Catherine Sheridan is a mother, grandmother, painter and latterly a children’s book author. A keen painter and student at the Blue Door Studio for several years, Catherine found that many of her later pictures were turning out to be of toys, fairies and princesses. She decided to write a story inspired by a photograph of a grandchild Jessica sitting beneath a Christmas tree.
Celeste Augé is an Irish-Canadian writer who has lived in Ireland since she was twelve and received an MA in Writing. The Essential Guide to Flight, her debut poetry collection, was published by Salmon Poetry. In 2011, she won the Cúirt New Writing Prize for fiction. Fireproof and Other Stories was published by Doire Press in July, 2012.
Conor Brady is the former editor of The Irish Times and most recently worked as one of the three Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commissioners. A June Of Ordinary Murders is his first work of fiction. He lives in Dublin.
CELINE KIERNAN trained at the SullivanBluth Studios as a classical feature animator and has spent the majority of her working life in the film business. She is the author of the acclaimed Moorehawke Trilogy and Into the Grey which won Children’s Book of the Year 2012. Celine is also a freelance illustrator. Born and raised in Dublin, she now lives in Virginia, Co. Cavan.
Conor Kostick lives in Dublin where he teaches medieval history at TrinityCollegeand is the author of several books including Epic, Saga, Move, as well as The Book of Curses for younger readers. Conor was the recipient of a Special Merit Award at the Reading Association of Ireland Awards in 2009 for his book Move, and for his contribution to science-fiction writing in Ireland. He has achieved international success with Epic and Saga.
Constantin Gurdgiev is adjunct professor of Finance at Trinity College Dublin and head of research for St. Columbanus AG, an asset management firm. He is the chair of the Ireland Russia Business Association, lectures in the Smurfit Graduate Business School and serves as a visiting professor of Finance in the Russian State University.
Christopher Fitz-Simon is from Belfastand has worked with RTE the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, the Irish Theatre Company and the National Theatre Society. He has lectured on Irish theatre and the arts around the world. His published work includes The Abbey Theatre: the first hundred years which used over 1,000 ‘forgotten’ images from the Abbey archive, his memoir of childhood, Eleven Houses and his most recent Buffoonery and Easy Sentiment considers popular Irish plays of the turn of the 19th -20th centuries
Dan Boyle has had 20 years of experience of elected public office. A member of Cork City Council from 1991 to 2002, Dáil Éireann from 2002 to 2007, and Seanad Éireann from 2007 to 2011 where he was Deputy Leader. He was a lead negotiator for his party on their entering government and served as Chair of the party from 2007 to 2011, while also being the party’s spokesperson on Finance. He has served on NESC, on NESF and on the Forum on Europe. He was a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and was part of the Irish delegation to the OSCE. As a TD he was a member of the Public Accounts Committee, and as councillor was a member of the City of Cork VEC. His background is in the Community/Voluntary sector where he once served as Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Ireland. He currently is programme director with Green Foundation Ireland. He has written two books; one a history of the Green Party – A Journey To Change (2006); the other an account of its experience in government – Without Power or Glory (2012).
Darragh Doyle helps people online. An internet addict, he is the WorldIrish.com Community Manager, working on communication, customer service, legal, marketing and PR. He is very active in Irish cultural, theatre and Festival circles as a volunteer, blogger and speaker. He tells bad jokes on twitter and likes helping to make people’s days better.
Dave Duggan is a novelist and dramatist. Originally from Waterford, he now lives in Derry. He was awarded a Major Arts Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010. His writing for film and television includes the Oscar-nominated Dance Lexie Dance. Dave’s stage plays include Gruagairí, which won a Stewart Parker Award. Guildhall Press published Plays in a Peace Process (2008), a collection of his work for Sole Purpose Productions, and his novels The Greening of Larry Mahon (2004) and A Sudden Sun (2012). His radio plays have been broadcast by BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and RTÉ.
David Maybury is an editor at Inis, the children’s books magazine, the Oddbally nose-picking champion 2012 and a former judge for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards. He writes books sometimes too
Dearbhail McDonald, an Eisenhower Fellow, is Legal Editor of The Irish Independent. The journalist, author and broadcaster, a former Sunday Times news reporter, has won several Justice Media Awards for her legal reporting and is a former Young Irish Medical Journalist of the Year.
In 2010 Dearbhail published “Bust – How the courts have exposed the rotten heart of the Irish economy” (Penguin). In June 2012 the Newry native completed an Eisenhower Fellowship in America, where she studied the future of journalism in the digital age
Declan Meade has published and edited The Stinging Fly magazine since 1998. In 2005 he set up The Stinging Fly Press that he continues to run in tandem with the magazine. He has edited two anthologies of short stories, These Are Our Lives (2006) and Let’s Be Alone Together (2008). In 2004 and again in 2009, he organised the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award,Ireland’s biggest short story competition.
Deirdre Sullivan is from Galway. Her first novel, Prim Improper, was released in 2010. She contributed two books (Help! My Brother is a Zombie! and Guinea Pig Killer) to Little Island’s nightmare club series in 2011. Her new novel, Improper Order will be released in February 2013. Deirdre blogs at gunstreetgirls.blogspot.ie – you can follow her on twitter- @propermiss.
One of Ireland’s best known writers, Dermot Bolger was born in Finglas in 1959. His ten novels include The Journey Home and A Second Life. His new novella, The Fall of Ireland, is published this autumn, as is his eighth poetry collection: The Venice Suite: A Voyage Through Loss. His stage adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses is staged this autumn in Dublin’s Project Art Centre as well as in Glasgow, Belfast and Cork. www.dermotbolger.com
Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007) and Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009). His new book, Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s has just been published. He is a regular broadcaster on RTE television and radio and contributes to a number of Irish newspapers.
Declan Hughes is the author of the Ed Loy PI series: The Wrong Kind of Blood; The Colour of Blood; The Dying Breed (US: The Price of Blood); All The Dead Voices; and City of Lost Girls. His books have been nominated for the Edgar, CWA New Blood Dagger, Shamus and Macavity awards, and The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus for Best First PI Novel. Declan is also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, and the co-founder of Dublin’s Rough Magic Theatre Company. Declan lives with his wife and two daughters by the sea in South Dublin,Ireland
Dervla Murphy’s first book, Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle, was published in 1965. Over 20 other titles have followed. Dervla has won worldwide praise for her writing and has been described as a ‘travel legend’ and ‘the first lady of Irish cycling’. Now in her eighties, she continues to travel around the world and remains passionate about politics, conservation, bicycling and beer. Her next book is on Gaza.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s poems have appeared in many journals in Irelandand internationally. She was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions and shortlisted in Comórtas Uí Néill, both in 2011 and 2012. The Arts Council has awarded her a literature bursary. Her collections Résheoid and Dúlasair are both published by Coiscéim.
Donal Ryan was born in Newtown, north Tipperary. He studied engineering in Limerick Institute of Technology, but quickly realised he’d be a liability to any construction project and settled on a law degree instead. Donal wrote his debut novel The Spinning Heart (co-published by The Lilliput Press and Doubleday Ireland) in the long evenings of the summer of 2010.
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is the author of eleven novels and collections of short stories, several children’s books, plays, and many scholarly articles and literary reviews. She has been the recipient of many literary awards, among them the Stewart Parker Award for Drama, the Irish American Cultural Institute Award for Prose, several Oireachtas Awards for Irish language fiction, and three Bisto Awards for novels for young people.
Eina McHugh worked as a freelance journalist before moving into arts and media management. She is Director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children in Dublin. She is a 2012-2013 Fulbright Visiting Scholar with the Lincoln Center Institute in New York. To Call Myself Beloved is her first book.
Eithne Shortall is the chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. She specialises in literature, theatre, film and writes a fortnightly column on arts and heritage. She is also an occasional book reviewer for Arena, RTÉ Radio’s flagship arts radio show.
Eoin Purcell is commissioning editor for New Island Books. he is also editor of Irish Publishing News and publisher of TheIrishStory.com a website and ebook publisher of Irish history.
Dr Eva Orsmond, MD MPH is a medical doctor with a special interest in weight management and the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults and children, appearing in programmes such as ‘Off the Rails’, ‘The Big Bite’, ‘Prime Time’, ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘Corrigan Knows Food’ and ‘Operation Transformation’. She lives in Wicklow with her husband, two sons and three dogs.
A BBC journalist for twenty years during the Northern Ireland conflict, Felicity is an occasional broadcaster, arts facilitator and actor. She is the author of many works of fiction, non-fiction, plays and a graphic novel. She is the co-founder and director of two theatre companies, and won the Tyrone Guthrie award for stage and screenplay.
Feargal Quinn founded Superquinn, the Irish supermarket group, in 1960 and was its Managing Director for many years during which it built an international reputation for excellence in customer service. His bestselling book Crowning the Customer (O’Brien Press) is used by multi-national companies as the essential customer care manual. It has been translated into several languages.
Feargal Quinn is a board member of a number of international retailing organisations, and has received two honorary doctorates. In 1993 he was elected to the Irish Senate as an independent member. Feargal’s television series “Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy” has seen many small business turned around in recessionary times.
Freya McClements is a BBC journalist and literary reviewer with the Irish Times. In 2006 she was shortlisted for the Orange/Northern Woman Short Story Prize. In 2009 she received an award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to write a series of short stories which became The Dangerous Edge Of Things which Guildhall Press published in July 2012.
She is currently working on her first novel.
Fintan O’Toole is literary editor for The Irish Times and author of several books. Over the past two years he has chosen 99 objects which tell a history of Ireland. The articles appear every week on Saturdays in the Irish Times.
Fionnuala Fallon, horticulturist, writer and garden designer, is a weekly contributor to The Irish Times. A longstanding contributor to The Irish Garden, she has written on a range of subjects. A frequent collaborator with her husband, photographer Richard Johnston, this is their first joint publication.
Garbhan Downey has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, newspaper editor and literary editor. He spent two years as a full-time student politician after graduating from University College Galway in 1987 and was Deputy-President of the Union of Students in Ireland. His novel Yours Confidentially: Letters of a would-be MP was listed as one of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s top seven International Crime Reads of 2008. War of the Blue Roses was columnist Eamonn McCann’s Novel of the Year for 2009. Across The Line (2012) is his sixth book for Guildhall Press.Downey lives in Derry with his wife Una and children Fiachra and Bronagh.
In late 2010, George Mordaunt’s Chamber of Commerce conference speech to politicians and Irish company chiefs brought the conference room to tears and sparked this story of how bust businesses can lift themselves out of the mire and recover. George Mordaunt is the Managing Director of the Mordaunt Group, a family business based in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary. He is married with two children. He is the author of the very successful Shepherds Pie.
Harry Clifton was born in Dublin. He travelled widely in Asia and Europe before returning to Dublinin 2004. He is currently IrelandProfessor of Poetry. His collection of poems, Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 (2007), won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2008. His other honours include the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and two Arts Council Bursaries in Literature. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish artists’ association. His collection, The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass, was published by Bloodaxe this year.
Jamie O’Connell’s debut collection Some Sort of Beauty launched at World Book Festival in April 2012. He was the 2011 Writer in Residence for Tigh Filí Cultural Centre and was previously awarded an Artists Bursary by Cork City Council and a Travel and Training award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Reared as a Jehovah’s Witness, living in both Ireland and England, working in his early twenties as a male model and coming out as gay, these experiences have influenced his collection. He presented a copy of Some Sort of Beauty to President Higgins inAras an Uachtarain on 10 May 2012.
Jane Travers has a BA in English and an MA in Film Studies, both from UCD. In 2011, she collected recipes composed on Twitter each one complete in 140 characters and Tweet Treats was born. It contains over 1000 recipes including contributions from 140 famous names and all royalties go to Médecins Sans Frontières. Follow Jane on her blog www.tweettreats.org as she collects twitter recipes, on ‘Jane Obsessed with Jane’, www.janetravers.com (which was shortlisted for the 2010 Irish Blog Awards in the Newcomer category), or on Twitter @janetravers where she now has almost 2,000 followers.
Jarlath Killeen is a lecturer in Victorian Literature in the School of English,Trinity College Dublin. He has a special interest in the Irish Gothic, and is the author of Gothic Ireland: Horror and the Irish Anglican Imagination in the Long Eighteenth Century (Four Courts, 2005), and Gothic Literature, 1825-1914 (University of Wales Press, 2009), as well as two monographs on Oscar Wilde.
Originally from Donegal but now based in Derry, Jenni’s background ranges from publishing, journalism, bookselling and the public library service to facilitating creative writing workshops, organising literary events and performing poetry. Rain Spill will be her first solo collection, published by Guildhall Press, and supported by the Arts Council of N Ireland. Jenni currently runs Little Acorns Bookstore in Derry.
Other publishing credits include Moments (2011), Wonderful World of Worders (2007), EVE – A Celebration of Creative Women (2006) and That Land Beyond (2003), all published by Guildhall Press.
Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize, the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award, the Yorkshire Post Award, and Best Book of the Year on two occasions. She has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize with Shadows on our Skin. Her other novels include Truth or Fiction, Foolish Mortals, The Gingerbread Woman, Two Moons and Shadowstory.
Jimmy Magee is an institution in Irish broadcasting life. He was born in New York in 1935. Three years later the family returned to Ireland and settled in the Cooley Peninsula in Co. Louth. Jimmy’s early working experiences were in a pharmacy in Carlingford and as a railway clerk in Greenore. But his dream was always to work in radio, and by 1957 he managed to fulfil that dream.
His varied and much-travelled life, as it evolved, is told in this memoir, including his 11 Olympic Games, 12 FIFA World Cups, 29 European Cup finals, 11 athletics world championships, 30 world title fights and 10 Tours de France.
John Boyne is the author of 7 novels for adults and 3 for children. His most recent novels are The Absolutist and The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket. His 2006 novel The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas sold more than 5 million copies around the world, won a host of international literary awards and was made into a Miramax feature film. In 2012, he was inducted into the Hennessy Literary Hall of Fame. His novels are published in 45 languages.
John Bowman is a broadcaster and historian. He has presented current affairs, historical and election-results programmes on RTÉ radio and television since the 1960s including Today Tonight in the 1980s and Questions and Answers from 1988 to 2009 when he began researching this book. His PhD, De Valera and the Ulster Question: 1917-1973, was published by Oxford University Press. A Dubliner, he was educated at Belvedere College and Trinity College Dublin. He is married to the psychiatrist, Dr Eimear Philbin Bowman. They have four children, Jonathan (deceased), Emma, Abie and Daniel.
Joe O’Brien lives in Ballyfermot in Dublin with his wife and children. He is the author of the popular Alfie Green books as well as the Danny Wilde GAA series for older readers and one fantasy novel, Beyond the Cherry Tree. He has appeared on RTE’s The Den, TV3′s Ireland AM and many radio shows. His book Alfie Green and the Chocolate Cosmos was shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2010. He regularly holds readings in bookshops and libraries around the country.
Juliet Bressan is a doctor and a writer of novels, health articles and books on health and wellbeing. She is a television doctor with TV3 and has contributed widely to film and television abroad and in Ireland where she was the medical advisor and script consultant with the award-winning RTE drama series The Clinic.
JUDI CURTIN grew up in Cork and now lives in Limerick where she is married with three children. Judi is the author of Eva’s Journey & Eva’s Holiday as well as the best-selling ‘Alice & Megan’ series. With Roisin Meaney, she is the author of See If I Care. She has also written three novels, Sorry, Walter, From Claire to Here and Almost Perfect. Her books have sold into Serbian, Portuguese, German, Russian, Lithuanian and most recently to Australia and New Zealand. Her latest book is Leave it to Eva.
John F. Deane was born in Achill Island in 1943. He founded Poetry Ireland and The Poetry Ireland Review, 1979 and has published several collections of poetry and some fiction. He has won may awards for his work, including the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, and the Marten Toonder Award for Literature. He has been shortlisted for both the T.S.Eliot prize and The Irish Times Poetry Now Award and is a member of Aosdána. His latest collection of poems is Eye of the Hare, Carcanet 2011. Snow falling on Chestnut Hill: New & Selected Poems is published this year.
BRIAN GALLAGHER is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has written extensively for radio and television and for many years was one of the scriptwriters on RTÉ’s Fair City. He collaborated with composer Shaun Purcell on the musical, Larkin, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, and on Winds of Change for RTÉ’s Lyric FM. His first book of historical fiction for young readers was Across the Divide, set in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, followed by Taking Sides, set against the background of the Civil War. His brand new book Secrets and Shadows is set in Ireland during WWII. Brian lives with his family in Dublin.
Native Californian John Givens teaches fiction writing in Dublin. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Givens studied art and language in Kyoto for four years, and worked in Tokyo as a writer and editor for eight years. Givens’ published novels are: SONS OF THE PIONEERS, A FRIEND IN THE POLICE, and LIVING ALONE. His short story collection, THE PLUM RAINS, was published in Dublin by The Liffey Press.
Art meets marine biology when ‘Black John the Bogus Pirate’ teaches students of all ages how to draw cartoons. Presented by author and cartoonist John Joyce, these workshops require no previous knowledge of drawing. John will also be signing copies of his latest novel ‘Fire & Ice’ at the Festival.
John Kenny has had fiction published in Emerald Eye: The Best of Irish Imaginative Fiction, Transtories, The World SF Blog, First Contact, FTL, Woman’s Way, Jupiter Magazine and other venues. He has been co-editor of Albedo One since 1993 and co-administrator of its International Aeon Award for Short Fiction since 2005. Previous to that he edited several issues of FTL (1990 – 1992). He has also edited Writing4all: The Best of 2009 and Box of Delights, an original horror anthology from Aeon Press Books. As a freelance editor, he has worked on both novels and short stories with recent work done for Bruce McAllister, Nuala Lyons, Taylor Grant and others. www.johnrichardkenny.com
Judith Mok was born in the Netherlands. She has published three novels and four books of poetry as well as short stories. She has written for radio and newspapers. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in literary magazines and anthologies. She travels the world working as a classical singer.
Joyce Russell grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and in 1978 moved to Bantry in west Cork to live the self-sufficiency dream. She has won or been shortlisted on multiple occasions for the Sean O Faolain Short Story Award, The Real Writers International Award, and the START Chapbook prize, the Bridport Prize, the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Competition and the FISH Short Story Competition. She is a founder member of Friends of the Earth Ireland and is co-author with her husband, Ben, of The Polytunnel Book.
Juliette is French but she lives in Dublin, because she has a passion for wet summers and toasted sandwiches. She’s written over twenty picturebooks (published in France). She loves liquorice, but she thinks Crunchies should be banned and their recipe thrown into a bottomless chasm.
John Walsh was born in Derry but now lives in Connemara. He’s published three collections of poetry, including, Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot (Salmon Poetry). He has read at events in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Sweden and the USA. He is organizer and MC of North Beach Nights in Galway, Ireland’s leading monthly performance poetry event. Border Lines is his debut short story collection
John Waters, newspaper columnist, author, playwright and songwriter, was born in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, in 1955. He pursued a variety of occupations after leaving school, including railway clerk, showband roadie, pirate radio manager, petrol pump attendant and mailcar driver. He began part-time work as a a journalist in 1981, with Hot Press,Ireland’s leading rock ‘n’ roll periodical, becoming a full-time journalist with the paper in 1984, when he moved to Dublin. As an journalist, magazine editor and columnist, he has specialised in raising unpopular issues of public importance, including the repression of Famine memories and the denial of rights to fathers. His other books include, Jiving at the Crossroads (Blackstaff,1991);Race of Angels (4th Estate/Blackstaff,1994):Every Day Like Sunday? (Poolbeg, 1995); An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Ireland (Duckworth 1997); The Politburo Has Decided That You Are Unwell, (Liffey, 2004); Lapsed Agnostic (Continuum, 2007); Beyond Consolation (Continuum, 2010); Feckers (Constable and Robinson, 2010) and Was It For This? (TransWorld, 2012). He has written plays for radio and the stage, including Long Black Coat, (1994), Holy Secrets, (BBC, 1996), Easter Dues, (1998), and Adverse Possession (BBC,1998). He has been a columnist with the Irish Times for the past 22 years and currently also writes columns for The Irish Mail on Sunday, The Irish Catholic, and Tracce/Traces, the international magazine of the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation.
Kemberlee Shortland is a native of Northern California who has lived in Ireland since early 1997. Writing since childhood, Kemberlee got her start in the digital publishing market in the early 1990s with one of the first digital book publishers who saw an opening in the market for electronically published fiction. There, Kemberlee worked as a first reader and quickly moved into editing and proofreading. During this time, she also worked as a book reviewer, served two terms as President with Reviewers International Organization (RIO Reviewers), and trained would-be reviewers on all aspects of the craft of book reviewing. Kemberlee has worked as a researcher for author’s wishing to set their books in Ireland, she’s written and published many travel articles and essays on Ireland and Irish history, and worked as a graphics and web designer. All the while, writing fiction has been her passion and has published several novels and short stories. With all of her prior experience, 2012 saw the official launch of Tirgearr Publishing which Kemberlee runs with her husband, Peter. Tirgearr Publishing is currently Irelands only all-digital publisher of adult genre fiction which enjoys an international market.
Lee Henry was born in 1981 and grew up in Newcastle, County Down. He studied English Literature and History at Manchester Metropolitan University, and currently works as Web Editor of Culture Northern Ireland.org. He lives with his wife in Belfast.
Lilly Higgins is a Graphic Designer, a Ballymaloe trained chef and an enthusiastic food blogger. She’s taught at the Ballymaloe cookery school and produced set designs and food styling for the TV show ‘Fancy Vittles’ with her sister Maeve, a well known comedian.
Liz Gillis is from Dublin and worked as a local history researcher in the St. Nicholas of Myra centre from 2004 to 2006, during which time she collaborated on a number of exhibitions relating to the history of Dublin. She now works in Kilmainham Gaol as a tour guide. In 2009 she gave a presentation on the burning of the Custom House in May 1921 at the Military History Society’s conference on the War of Independence. She also organises walking tours on the history of the Dublin 8 area.
Lorcan Collins was born and raised in Dublin. He founded the hugely popular 1916 Walking Tour in 1996. He co-authored The Easter Rising: A Guide to Dublin in 1916 (O’Brien Press, 2000) with Conor Kostick. Lorcan lectures on Easter 1916 in the United States. He is also a regular contributor to radio, television and historical journals. 16 Lives is a ground-breaking series of biographies of the sixteen executed leaders of the Easter Rising and was Lorcan’s concept. He is co-editor of the series as well as the author of the first book of the series James Connolly.
Madeleine was born in Dublin and educated at UCD and Trinity. She is the Literary Editor of the Sunday Independent where she has worked since 1988 and writes about books, the arts and travel. She presented the books programme ‘First Edition’ on RTE, co-wrote a careers guide for teenagers ‘What Will I Be?’, and was a founding member of the Irish Book Awards.
Máire Moriarty, a member of the committee of Irish PEN, is a barrister who has also worked in theatre and presented a TV series for TG4.
Mary Costello is originally from East Galway and now lives in Dublin. Her stories have been anthologised and published in New Irish Writing and in The Stinging Fly. The China Factory is her first book of stories, and was published by Stinging Fly Press to critical acclaim in May 2012.
Marcus Connaughton is a veteran of the Irish record industry. In the late 1980s he joined RTÉ as a radio producer. Over the past twenty-plus years, he has produced a wide range of programming from the Metal Show on 2FM to Bluestime on RTÉ Radio 1, and currently presents and produces Seascapes. He delivered the Inaugural Rory Gallagher Memorial Lecture in November 1995 in Cork, and has compered and spoken at numerous tributes to the late guitarist in Ireland, Britain and Europe.
Dr Mary Helen Hensley is a Chiropractor, healer, motivational speaker and author. She is from Virginiain the United Statesand has been living and working in Irelandfor over a decade now. She is the author of three books in her ‘Promised’ Trilogy, Promised, Circles of Light and The Land Beyond The River - all published with Book Hub Publishing based in Galway and available atwww.bookhub4u.ie
Mary O’Donnell is a poet, fiction-writer and essayist. She presented the RTE series ‘Crossing the Lines’, for two years, focussing exclusively on poetry in translation. In 2010, she edited the anthology of translations of Galician poetry, ‘To the Wind Our Sails’, (Salmon, 2010). She has also translated a generous selection of the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann. Currently teaches poetry at NUI Maynooth. Further info www.maryodonnell.com
Moya Cannon was born in Dunfanaghy, County Donegal and now lives in Galway. Her first collection, Oar, (Gallery Press) won the inaugural Brendan Behan Award and, in 2001, she was the recipient of the Laurence O’Shaughnessy Award. Subsequent collections include The Parchment Boat (Gallery, 1997), Carrying the Songs (Carcanet,2007) and Hands (Carcanet, 2011). Moya Cannon is a member of Aosdána.
Michael Clifford is a reporter and columnist with the Irish Examiner and the Sunday Times. He regularly contributes to a variety of programmes on Irish radio and television. He is author of Love You to Death: Ireland’s Wife Killers Revealed and co-author of Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia and Scandal Nation. Ghost Town is his first novel.
Michael Cronin holds a Personal Chair in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dublin City University, Ireland. He is author of several books on Irish Writing including Translating Ireland: Translation, Languages and Identity; Irish in the New Century/An Ghaeilge san Aois Nua, and The Expanding World: Towards a Politics of Microspection. He is co-editor of several volumes including Tourism in Ireland: A Critical Analysis; and Reinventing Ireland: Culture, Society and the Global Economy. He is Humanities Secretary of the Royal Irish Academy and Chairperson of Poetry Ireland.
Michael Kelly is a freelance writer, author and broadcaster. He is a contributor to The Irish Times, writing features on lifestyle issues, food, self-sufficiency, travel and health. He is an informed and impassioned speaker on food issues, self-sufficiency, sustainability and growing your own food. He is a regular contributor on RTÉ, TV3, Today FM, and BBC Radio Ulster.
Michael writes a successful blog called Tales from the Home Farm on his website and he is founder of GIY (Grow it Yourself), a not-for-profit organisation which aims to inspire people to grow their own food and give them the skills they need to do so successfully. His first book Trading Paces published in 2009 by The O’Brien Press achieved great success and was followed shortly by the popular Tales from the Home Farm. Michael worked for ten years in the IT industry in Dublin, but now lives the good life on a windswept acre in County Waterford with his wife and an ever-expanding coterie of farm animals.
Dr Michael Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series, volume VIII of which (1945-8) will be published in November 2012. He had written widely on Ireland and the Second World War including Guarding Neutral Ireland (Dublin, 2008) and appears regularly on radio and television discussing modern Irish military and diplomatic history.
Michael McLoughlin has worked in the book trade for over 20 years. He is presently Managing Director of Penguin Ireland.
Michael Ó Chonghaile writings which include, poetry, short stories, a novel, plays, a novella and translations have garnered him many awards, among them the Butler Literary Award, the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and the Stewart Parker/BBC Ulster Award.
He is a member of Aosdána since 1998. In 1985 he established the Irish language publishing company, Cló Iar-Chonnacht.
Tá Micheál Ó Conghaile aitheanta mar dhuine de phríomhscríbhneoirí próis na Gaeilge. I measc na nduaiseanna atá buaite aige tá Duais an Bhuitléaraigh, Duais Litríochta Hennessy agus duais Stewart Parker/BBC Raidió Uladh. Tá sé ina bhall d’Aosdána ó 1998. Sa bhliain 1985 bhunaigh sé Cló Iar-Chonnachta, comhlacht foilsitheoireachta litríochta agus ceoil.
Michael O’Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958 and studied at Trinity College Dublin. He has published five books of poetry, including Another Nation: New and Selected Poems (1996) and In This Life (2010). In addition he has translated many books from the Dutch, including Hidden Weddings: Selected Poems of Gerrit Achterberg. A prolific essayist and screenwriter, he currently lives in Dublin.
Margaret E. Ward is a businesswoman and an award-winning financial journalist, broadcaster and author. Her 25-year career includes working as a business presenter for Newstalk, business columnist and investigative reporter for The Irish Times and as Money Editor of the Sunday Times. She loves to rock boats and is known for “telling it like it is”. She is managing director of Clear Ink.
Naoise Nunn is the founder of the Leviathan political cabaret series which has run since 2003, featuring such speakers as Bob Geldof, Michael O’Leary, Naomi Klein, Alastair Campbell and many more. He has also run the MindField spoken word arena at the Electric Picnic music and arts festival since 2006. He is currently artistic director of the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival and programme director of the Kilkenomics festival of economics. He has a degree in politics from Queen’s University, Belfast and has worked for the Debates Office in Leinster House and for Declan Ganley’s Libertas organisation. He co-wrote a book with Public Accounts Committee chairman, John McGuinness, entitled “The House Always Wins: Time to Turn the Tables”, which was published in 2010.
Noel and Luz Donegan
Noel and Luz Donegan are a married couple, living in Dublin. They are inventors of the multi-award-winning Paper FX, Tumba and Santa’s Rooftop Scramble. The Magical Mozart series is their first time writing for children.
Neil Richardson studied philosophy in University College Dublin before writing his first book, A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall: Stories of Irishmen in WWI, which won the Argosy Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award at the 2010 Irish Book Awards. In his much-anticipated follow up, Neil explores WWII in Dark Times, Decent Men – Stories of Irishmen in WWII. He is also a member of the Reserve Defence Forces, and his family have a long military tradition stretching back over 150 years. Neil’s ancestors served in India and Africa, in the Boer War, and during both world wars.
Nuala Ní Chonchúir is an Irish novelist, short fiction writer and poet. Her first novel, You was published by New Island in 2010. 2012 marked the publication of her latest collection of short stories, Mother America byNew Island. Nuala lives in Galway with her partner and children.
From a very young age, one of Neven’s favourite pastimes was to shadow his mother in the kitchen, watching her cook; his pastime soon became his passion, as he began experimenting with ingredients in the home kitchen at the tender age of 10, a passion that only intensified as Neven went through his teenage years. After studying catering in Fermanagh Neven went on to train in some of the highest profile restaurants in the world including Roscoff, Belfast (Michelin Star winner), Grand Hotel Berlin (Michelin Star winner), The Lea Linster Luxembourg (where he cooked for Lady Diana and Tony Blair) and Arzak, San Sebastian. In 2001, Neven took over the family business, and turned a local restaurant into a national phenomenon. Neven is the author of many bestselling cookbooks.
Oisín McGann has written and illustrated numerous books for children, including the Mad Grandad series and The Forbidden Files comedy horror series as well as eight critically acclaimed young adult novels. ‘Merciless Reason’, the third book in The Wildenstern Saga, was released in March and he has also written ‘The Wolfling’s Bite’ for the Nightmare Club series.
Pamela Fitzmaurice is owner of Award winning Blazing Salads Food Company. Blazing Salads has a retail shop/deli in Drury Street and an Artizan bakery which is situated in Tipperary. Over the years the company has won many awards. Bridgestone Award, Gold in the Taste Awards. And Gold in the BLas Na hEireann Awards. Pamela manages the retail section on a day to day basis for the past thirteen years and won The Dublin Female Entrepreneur Award in 2005.Much to the delight of their customers the first Blazing Salads Cookbook was published in 2005, and the second cookbook will be on the shelves in February 2013.
Patricia Scanlon is one of the UK and Ireland’s best loved authors. All her novels have been number one bestsellers in Ireland and huge bestsellers in the UK. She lives in Dublin and whilst she loves writing novels, what she’s really longing to be asked to research is a book on Great Luxury Spas of the World or the Poshest Boutiques in Paris… she doesn’t mind which!
Paul Bew was born in Belfast in 1950. He read Modern History at Cambridge. He has been Professor of Irish Politics at Queen’s University Belfast since 1991 and is the author of numerous books on Irish history and politics, including most recently Ireland: the politics of enmity, 1789-2006 and Enigma: a new life of Charles Stewart Parnell. A historical advisor to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, he was appointed an independent cross-bench peer in 2007 and is a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Paul Bew is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.
Paul Charles is co-owner of The Asgard Agency and works with artists including Jackson Browne, Ray Davies, Tom Waits, The Waterboys, Nick Lowe and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He is also a successful author, best known in the crime fiction world for his detective stories featuring Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy.
Known as one of the premier business specialists in Ireland, having delivered real results across all types of businesses and industries, Paul has earned a reputation for turning around difficult business situations, helping his clients triple fees, and guiding measurable and permanent positive change for the business leaders he works with. Paul is the author of ‘EVOLVE – Look Within Yourself For Business Success’.
Peter Sirr lives in Dublin where he works as a freelance writer and translator. His most recent collection of poems is The Thing Is, published by Gallery Press in 2009, for which he was awarded the Michael Hartnett in 2011. He is a member of Aosdána.
Patrick Sutton is director of Smock Alley Theatre-1662 and of The Gaiety School of Acting-The National Theatre School of Ireland. He is also director of Communicate, a communications company working at the highest level in industry politics and the arts.
Robert Dunbar was formerly Head of English at the Church of Ireland College of Education,Dublin. His principal academic interest is in children’s literature, on which he has published widely. He regularly reviews children’s books for The Irish Times. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinity College for services to Irish children’s literature.
Robert Gogan was born in Dublin and has lived there for most of his life. By the age of 17 he had developed a keen interest in English literature and in the writings of James Joyce in particular. He was greatly influenced by Ulysses and in the course of reading it periodically he accumulated an extensive knowledge of the book and developed an appreciation for its character and spirit. In June 2012 he produced and published a version of Ulysses, entitled Ulysses Remastered, in which he introduces modern user-friendly formatting and applies additional punctuation to assist readers who experience difficulties with the original formatting of Joyce’s masterpiece. He has compiled and published four books on popular Irish folk music.His play, The Bloomsday Story, brings the audience on a journey through Ulysses with words and music.
Roddy Doyle has written nine novels, including The Commitments, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – for which he won the Booker Prize in 1993 – and Paula Spencer. He has also written two short story collections, six books for children, and plays and scripts for screen, television and radio. His adaptation of Gogol’s The Government Inspector ran at the Abbey Theatre for eight weeks, from December 2011. His latest books are the short story collection Bullfighting and A Greyhound of a Girl for young readers. He lives and works in Dublin.
Sadie Cramer, from Devon, studied Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Ulster inBelfast. She lives in a top secret hideout near Galway with her husband and their children. Much of her work involves teaching and coordinating children’s art projects. Sadie loves singing opera very loudly, a good story and the colour pink.
Sean Moncrieff currently hosts his own daytime radio show, Moncrieff on Newstalk 106-108 FM. He has written for the Irish Examiner, presented numerous television shows and has written three previous books including Dublin and the recent release, God: A User’s Guide. The History of Things is his first collaboration with New Island.
Sean O’Keeffe is publisher with Liberties Press,Ireland’s leading independent publisher, which he cofounded in 2003. Liberties has published hundreds of titles across a range of genres. Key authors include Michael D Higgins, Garret FitzGerald and Melanie Verwoerd. The company originally published only non-fiction but in recent years has developed its fiction and poetry lists. Before starting Liberties, Sean worked as an editor with Mercier Press and New York-based H. W. Wilson Co.
Sheila O’Flanagan is the international number one best-selling author of seventeen novels and three collections of short stories. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Sheila had a very successful career in the financial services industry. She is currently a director of the Irish Sports Council, a board member of Fighting Words, and an Ambassador on behalf of the Women’s Fund: Community Foundation for Ireland.
Siobhán McKenna’s literary career was lauched in 2011 when she won the Poolbeg/TV3 Write a Bestseller competition with her debut novel The Lingerie Designer. The win was further endorsed when she was shortlisted by the Irish Book Awards as Best Newcomer. Her writing is influenced by her experience of the business world, wanderlust for off-road travel and the dynamics of modern Irish families. In addition to being an author and mother of two, she is a representative of Deepak Chopra,MD, in Ireland.
Sheila Kiely runs a Food Safety Management Consultancy with her husband. They have six children and live in Cork. Sheila’s blog, www.gimmetherecipe.com is widely read and she is one of the big names in the foodie blogosphere. She has featured on several TV, radio and print media such as RTE, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner and many more.
Sinéad Gleeson is a journalist and broadcaster who writes for The Irish Times about arts and culture. She is a reporter for RTÉ One’s The Works program, is a regular reviewer on RTÉ Radio 1′s arts show Arena and co-host of The Anti Room podcast. She lives inDublin with her husband and two children.
Sinead Moriarty began writing at lunch time in work with dreams of becoming a full time writer. After many failed attempts at writing a novel, she signed up for a creative writing course and wrote The Baby Trail, which was her first book to be published. She has since published 8 novels with Penguin. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages.
Siobhán Mannion was born in Ireland and grew up in Cambridge, England. Her family is from Clifden, Co. Galway. In 2011, she won the Hennessy Award, and earlier this year her play ‘The Big Picture’ took the World Bronze Medal for Best Writing at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards. Her fiction has been published in Ireland and abroad, and she is currently working on a debut collection of stories. She lives in Dublin where she works as a radio producer in RTÉ.
Siobhan Parkinson is a writer mostly for children and young people. Until recently she served as Ireland’s first Laureate for Children’s Literature. She is publisher with Little Island Books. Her latest book is Spellbound with Olwyn Whelan.
Sylvia Thompson is an author and award-winning journalist who writes principally on health and environmental issues for the Irish Times. She also interviews Irish craftspeople and the book Hands On showcases their skill. She has an honours degree in psychology from TCD and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from DCU.
Sheena Wilkinson’s first novel, Taking Flight, won two Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Awards as well as a White Raven Award and a place on the iBbY Honour List. Sheena has won many awards for short fiction, including the Riptide International Award. She teaches English in Belfast and lives in County Down.
Tom Inglis was born and raised in Dublin. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology in UCD. He married Aileen shortly after graduating. They had three children, Arron, Olwen and Luke (who died tragically at nine months). Making Love is his first non-academic book. He lives in Dublin.
Tom is an award-winning playwright and founder member of theatre company The Performance Corporation. His site-specific plays have been staged in locations that include the sand dunes of Co. Mayo, a semi-derelict 9,000-seat sports arena in Washington DC and a fishing village in Kenya.
Trevor Sargent the former Minister for Food and Horticulture. He is active in the Grow It Yourself (GIY) movement and blogs at www.trevorskitchengarden.com. He works as a volunteer with Sonairte, the National Ecology Centre, and in his local farmers’ market.
Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin runs The Inkwell Group, and is a publishing consultant and literary scout for several Irish and UKagencies and publishers. The founder of the Irish national online writing magazine www.writing.ie, she is Vice Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish Adviser to the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Colm Keegan is a performance poet and writer from Clondalkin, Dublin. His debut collection ‘Don’t Go There’ was published earlier this year. He will be performing as part of the play Three Men Talking About things They Kinda Know About through 2012/13. He has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy XO New Irish Writing Award.”