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Ian Maleney is a writer based in Dublin. Born and raised in Co. Offaly, he works as a freelance arts journalist, primarily for the Irish Times, and as the online editor at the Stinging Fly. His essays have been published by Winter Papers, gorse, and the Dublin Review. He is the founder of Fallow Media, an […]

DBF Interviews: Ian Maleney


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Séan Ó Tuathaigh’s book Outlanders (Mercier Press) is about the extraordinary stories of ordinary people fleeing from war, persecution, and violence. He was kind enough to share his own story with us about the events and interactions that led him how to document their experiences in writing. Don’t miss the opportunity to […]

DBF Interviews: Séan Ó Tuathaigh


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Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen are best friends and co-authors of the phenomenally successful Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling and its follow-up, The Importance of Being Aisling – the bestselling fiction titles published in Ireland this century. Emer and Sarah are the creators of the characters and Facebook community […]

DBF Interviews: Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen



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We caught up with Stewart Roche, Caitríona Daly, and David Horan to discuss constructive criticism, inspirational theatre experiences, and what happens when things go wrong on stage. Watch the interview below, and don’t miss The Show Must Go On!   Caitríona Daly is a playwright from Dublin. She is a graduate […]

DBF Interviews: Stewart Roche, Caitríona Daly, David Horan


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A recognised champion of business,  Sean Gallagher has over the past 20 years mentored hundreds of start-up and emerging entrepreneurs. He founded a number of companies in technology, commercial real estate and consulting, been an investor in ‘Dragon’s Den’ (‘Shark Tank’ in the USA), a finalist in the Ernst and Young […]

DBF Interviews: Sean Gallagher


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We sat down with Nicki Howard, Director of Gill Books, which is part of Gill, Ireland’s largest publisher and distributor in advance of our Writing for Children and Young Adults event. Gill’s origins date back to 1856 when M.H. Gill & Son, whose portfolio included printing and bookselling, was founded […]

DBF Interviews: Nicki Howard