Author Danielle McLaughlin talks to us about short stories, the importance of literary journals for reaching readers, and her debut collection, Dinosaurs On Other Planets (The Stinging Fly). Danielle will be taking part in RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena Live Show.   Q: Your debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs On […]

DBF Interviews: Danielle McLaughlin


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Author Donal Ryan tells us about his experiences in moving between novels and short stories. Donal will be one of several panellists at our Writing Long & Short event.   Q: After the huge success of your first two novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December (The Lilliput Press), […]

DBF Interviews: Donal Ryan


We talked to historian and author Turtle Bunbury about some of the remarkable personalities behind the 1916 Rising. Turtle will be one of the panellists for The People of the 1916 Rising event.   Q: Your new book, Easter Dawn: The 1916 Rising (Mercier Press), examines many of the extraordinary […]

DBF Interviews: Turtle Bunbury



Pamela Newenham, award-winning business journalist with The Irish Times and editor of Silicon Docks: The Rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub (Liberties Press), talks to us ahead of her appearance at The Business Clinic.   Q: As an award-winning business journalist with The Irish Times and editor of Silicon […]

DBF Interviews: Pamela Newenham


We asked Dave Kenny, editor of The Press Gang, about why he wanted to share the stories from “newspapers’ gilded age”.   Q: When did the idea for The Press Gang (New Island) first come about? Tell us a little bit about why you wanted to share the various stories. […]

DBF Interviews: Dave Kenny


Ahead of her appearance at The Inspiration of Life, Love and Loss event, poet Nessa O’Mahony tells us what inspires her to write.   Q: Writers and poets are fuelled by their lives, loves and losses. How difficult is it to address the issues that are closest to us and […]

DBF Interviews: Nessa O’Mahony