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Gerry Hunt
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Dublin Book Festival Book Club

Welcome to the DBF Lounge!

Sit down and relax in the DBF Lounge- where we at the towers have a chat with some of this year’s authors. We find out everything from who influenced them most to what they would most like to steal from another author if they could!

DBF Book Club interviews Mark O’Sullivan

by admin on November 6, 2013

Mark O'Sulivan

In Mark O’Sullivan’s crime novel, Crocodile Tears, a murder takes place with the aftermath of the recent global recession as a backdrop. It’s 2010, and property developers face off squarely against those trying to gain footing on the property ladder, “pure” Irish vie for space and jobs with newcomers, and lucky recipients of newfound wealth wrestle with the power it brings.

 

DBF: How hard was it to put yourself in detective mode? Did that come easily to you?

Number one, I’ve never been a policeman and to tell you the truth, I don’t know too many, nor do I want to know too many! A lot of writers have said that writing is essentially about observation, whether that be landscape, or –

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DBF Interviews Ciarán Collins

by admin on November 6, 2013

Ciarán CollinsCiarán Collins’ debut novel The Gamal was published last April by Bloomsbury in Ireland, UK and Australia and more recently in the US. Ciarán was born in 1977 and grew up in the village of Innishannon, West Cork. He is a secondary school teacher in Bandon and he lives in Kinsale.

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DBF Interviews Janet Cameron

by admin on October 29, 2013

Janet CameronJanet E Cameron is a Canadian writer living in Dublin. In early 2013 her first novel, Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World, was published to critical acclaim in Ireland and Canada. Cinnamon Toast was also a winner of a place at the Irish Writers’ Centre’s inaugural Novel Fair.

See this year’s programme for a chance to meet Janet on the 16th November at The Irish Writer’s Centre. See link for details: DBF 2013 Programme

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DBF Interviews Caroline Grace-Cassidy

by admin on October 25, 2013

Caroline Grace-Cassidy

Caroline Grace-Cassidy was born in Dublin. She lives in Knocklyon with her husband Kevin and two daughters Grace and Maggie. Caroline works extensively as a writer, television and film actress and as a regular panelist for Midday on TV3. She is the author of When Love Takes Over, The Other Side of Wonderful and the forthcoming Fake.

Caroline will be at the DBF Book Club event on Saturday, 16 November. You can book tickets here, as well as read up on all our book club offerings, including book reviews and discussion questions, here.

How does a sense of place (or  a sense of “Irishness”) play into your writing? How influenced are you as an author by your culture?

I have a huge sense of where I come from in all my writing. I am very patriotic. I grew up reading Irish authors and the sense of their settings are so vivid in my mind. Fictional Irish places, but the realness of the characters like the ones of Maeve Binchy, creates this place in Ireland that you are sure you have been to before. Ireland is my backdrop, and its culture and traditions and people all play a huge part in my stories. My first novel, When Love Takes Over, was based on a single thirty-something Dublin woman who was trying to find her place in her life both in career and in love. She had all the issues a lot of women in her stage of life had and I wanted to look at them honestly, from binge drinking to one-night stands to finally trusting and believing in herself as a confident Irish woman. I write about the Ireland I see around me and am a true believer in writing what you know about. Dublin plays a big part in this. [click to continue…]

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DBF Interviews Siobháin Bunni

by admin on October 22, 2013

Siobhain bunniBorn in Baghdad, Iraq, Siobháin Bunni is one six children born to her Irish Mother and Iraqi Father. Educated in Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, before graduating from the College of Marketing & Design, she is married to Ross and lives in Malahide, Co. Dublin with their three children. Dark Mirrors is her debut novel.

Siobháin, along with three other writers, will be reading on 15 November. Tickets may be booked here.

DBF: Were you always interested in writing? If not, what made you decide to write? Did it come about suddenly for you?

I was always interested in writing in some form. I always kept a diary and I liked to write when I travelled. I wrote short poems and whatnot, so it’s always been there. I never really thought seriously about it, but when I found myself at a bit of a loose end, I started to do something about it for my own personal satisfaction. I found one of those old diaries from school and it’s actually quite funny. There was a little hint of drama in there, so I think I was a bit of a drama queen. [click to continue…]

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The New Dubliners

by admin on October 19, 2013

Daniel Zuchowski 2The New Dubliners is a newly emerged blog, which has sparked great attention here with us at the Dublin Book Festival. The Blog Offers followers a little taste of everything from the literary world, showcasing short stories based around our very capital. It is an exciting new experiment and a fascinating read as readers catch a glimpse into the true experiences, memories and stories from people living in Dublin. Soon to be compiled into a book, The New Dubliners is a taster of what is to come. It  is a perfect example of the power of memory and the sharing of tales.

I caught up with Daniel Zuchowski, the creator of the website and got the low down and what we are in for before the book makes its launch:

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Gerry Hunt talks Comics

by admin on October 19, 2013

Gerry Hunt ImageHunt worked for twenty-five years as an architect, eighteen of them with the IDA. In 1986 he left architecture and began drawing political cartoons. From this, he moved on to drawing entire comics – his first, self-produced comic was a rhyming Spanish-language work that he gave away to friends. He has since published In Dublin City and The Streets of Dublin. The Streets of Dublin was included in an exhibition entitled ‘Artists’ Books’ in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He is also the author of Blood Upon The Rose: The Rebellion That Set Ireland Free and of At War with the Empire: Ireland’s Fight for Independence. A travelling exhibition of the artwork from Blood Upon the Rose was held in various locations around Ireland, including St Enda’s and Kilmainham Gaol. 1913 Larkin’s Labour War is Gerry’s latest graphic novel. 

Catch Gerry at this year’s festival Graphic Novel workshop on Sunday 17th Novemeber – Book Now

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DBF Interviews Jennifer Ridyard

by admin on October 15, 2013

JennieRidyardJournalist and copywriter Jennifer (Jennie) Ridyard grew up in South Africa during the dying days of apartheid. In 2004 she moved to Dublin because she fell for a man from Rialto. She has two sons and two dogs. Jennifer’s first book, Conquest, was co-authored with crime-writer John Connolly.

Check out this year’s programme and book your place at The Anti Room for your chance to meet Jennifer.

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DBF Interviews Nuala Ni Chonchuir

by admin on October 9, 2013

 

Nuala Ní CNuala Ní Chonchúir lives in Galway. Her fourth short story collection Mother America was published by New Island in 2012. A chapbook of short-short stories Of Dublin and Other Fictions will be published in the US in September 2013 and Nuala’s second novel will be published in spring 2014.

Check out this year’s programme to book a place at our live event with Nuala and the women of The Anti-Room.

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DBF Interviews Erika McGann

by admin on October 1, 2013

ErikaMcGann author photoErika McGann grew up in Drogheda and now lives in Dublin. She has a respectable job, very normal friends and rarely dabbles in witchcraft. She loves writing stories that are autobiographical. Sort of.
She has recently celebrated the publication of her second novel, The Broken Spell.

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DBF Interviews Kimberly Campanello

by admin on September 25, 2013

Kimberly Campanello - Credited to Tony CarragherKimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and is now based in Dublin. Her pamphlet Spinning Cities was published by Wurm Press in 2011, and her first full-length collection Consent was published by Doire Press in May 2013. She was featured poet in the Summer 2010 issue of The Stinging Fly.

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DBF Interviews Mark O’Sullivan

by admin on September 20, 2013

Mark O'Sulivan

Mark O’Sullivan has published nine novels for adults and Young Adults. His works have been translated into six languages and won awards in Ireland and France. He has also published poetry and short stories in various magazines and periodicals. Crocodile Tears is his first venture into crime fiction.

 

 

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DBF Interviews Elizabeth Reapy

by admin on September 14, 2013

Elizabeth ReapyElizabeth (EM) Reapy has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s, edits wordlegs.com and was the 2012 Tyrone Guthrie Exchange Irish Writer to Varuna, Australia. In 2013, she received an Arts Council Literature Bursary for her debut collection and represented Ireland in International PEN’s New Voices Award.

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DBF Interviews Tony Clayton-Lea

by admin on September 13, 2013

Tony Clayton-LeaTony Clayton-Lea is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. His writing appears mostly in The Ticket and in the The Irish Times’s Arts pages. He contributes regularly to Cara, the in-flight magazine of Aer Lingus, and is the author of six non-fiction, music-related books. He is also a frequent reviewer/critic on RTE Radio One’s arts show, Arena. @TonyClaytonLea, www.tonyclaytonlea.com 

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DBF Interviews Emma Hannigan

by admin on September 12, 2013

Emma Hannigan

Emma Hannigan is the bestselling author of six novels including Perfect Wives and Driving Home for Christmas. Her bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf details her eight times battle with cancer. Emma appears on TV and radio regularly. She began writing quite by chance yet now she cannot imagine her life without it.

 

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DBF Interviews Gabriel Rosenstock

by admin on September 10, 2013

Gabriel Rosenstock

Gabriel Rosenstock is a Poet, novelist, playwright, author and translator of over 170 books, mostly in Irish. Among the anthologies in which he is represented is Best European Fiction 2012 (Dalkey Archive Press) & Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton & Co. 2013). Sasquatch is a new volume of bilingual poems (Arlen House 2013).

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