Sue Rainsford
Sue Rainsford is a writer & researcher based in Dublin. She is a recipient of the VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award and the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award. Recent projects include  The Freud Project Residency at IMMA, where she  collaborated with  Bridget O’Gorman to  respond to Lucian Freud’s assertion ‘I want the […]

DBF Interviews: Sue Rainsford


Cethan Leahy
Cethan Leahy is a writer, filmmaker, and editor of Irish literary magazine  The Penny Dreadful. His short stories are published in  The Looking Glass,  Wordlegs  and  Five Dials  and he has written two Fiction Express eBooks for Middle Grade,  The Chosen One (and his mum and his dad and his […]

DBF Interviews: Cethan Leahy


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Ivan O’Brien is Managing Director of The O’Brien Press, a family-owned book publishing company based in Dublin. An interest in science led to several years investigating the stars before the world of books drew him back. Ivan built the website and worked in both sales and production before broadening his […]

DBF Interviews: Ivan O’Brien



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What do you love most about managing New Island Books? I love that it’s never boring. Each day brings a new set of excitements and challenges, and as General Manager I have a hand in every part of it, from assessing manuscripts for literary merit and commercial viability, and debating […]

DBF Interviews: Mariel Deegan


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Melatu Uche Okorie is a writer and scholar. Born in Nigeria, she moved to Ireland in 2006. It was during her eight and a half years living in the direct provision system that she began to write.  She has an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and […]

DBF Interviews: Melatu Uche Okorie


Elizabeth Reapy
We are delighted to announce Elizabeth Reapy, Rooney Prize winning author of Red Dirt and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Writer-In-Residence, as mentor to our IWC/ DBF Young Writer Delegates! You can find out more about the Young Writer Delegates Programme here. Elizabeth joined us for a chat about her role as […]

DBF Interviews: Elizabeth Reapy