Roddy Doyle (born 8 May 1958) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, eight books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories. Several of his books have been made into films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. Doyle's work is set primarily in Ireland, especially working-class Dublin, and is notable for its heavy use of dialogue written in slang and Irish English dialect. Doyle was awarded the Booker Prize in 1993 for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
Ó Ríordáin was a Labour Party member of Dublin City Council for the North Inner City electoral area from 2004 to 2009 and then for the Clontarf electoral area from 2009 to 2011. He served as Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin in 2006, during which time he launched his ‘Right to Read Campaign’ in an effort to improve the poor literacy rates in disadvantaged areas.
In April 2016 he was elected to the 25th Seanad on the Industrial and Commercial Panel.
Claire Hennessy is the Irish author of several young adult novels. She was born in Dublin in 1986 and attended Trinity College Dublin, where she completed a BA in History and English Literature and master's degrees in Popular Literature and Creative Writing. She teaches creative writing workshops and co-founded a creative writing school in Dublin. She also works as an editor and co-founded a literary journal in 2015.
Aoife Dooley is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, author and comedian from Coolock, Dublin. She studied in Colaiste Dhulaigh for 3 years before going on to achieve a first class honours degree in Visual Communication where she studied at Dublin Institute of Technology. Before she left college she was featured in Counter Prints book - Icon. Aoife is best known for her 'Your One Nikita' ( formally known as Dublin Hun ) Illustrations which chronicle the life of a 22 year old woman called Nikita, best friend Tanya and boyfriend Anto. She published her first book 'How to be massive' October 2016 with Gill books and her second in 2017 'How to deal with poxes on a daily basis'. In 2018 she released the Your One Nikita animated tv series on the RTE Player.
Shane Hegarty was born and raised in Skerries, Ireland, where he now lives with his wife and four children but no pets since an unfortunate incident with the family goldfish. He is a journalist with the Irish Times as well as the author of Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin.
Sheila O’Flanagan is the best-selling author of more than twenty novels and three collections of short stories for adults, as well as two novels for children and young adults. She has won numerous awards and her work has been translated into over 20 languages. She has also contributed novellas to the Open Door and Quick Reads series..
Anna Carey's first book The Real Rebecca won the Senior Children's Book of the Year prize at the 2011 Irish Book Awards. Her fifth book The Making of Mollie, about a teenage girl in 1912 who wants to be a suffragette, was shortlisted for the same prize in 2016. The sequel, The Making of Mollie, was published in 2018, and was chosen by Children's Books Ireland as part of its Bold Girls project, celebrating stories that feature strong and engaging female characters. Anna is a regular contributor to the Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Sunday Times and RTE.
Arlene Hunt has written seven crime novels: Vicious Circle (2004), False Intentions (2005), Black Sheep (2006), Missing Presumed Dead (2007), Undertow (2008), Blood Money (2010), and The Chosen (2011). Undertow was nominated for Best Crime Novel at the 2009 Irish Book Awards.
Claire Allan is an international bestselling author from Derry in Northern Ireland. A former journalist, she published eight contemporary women’s fiction titles before turning to crime, or more specifically domestic noir, in 2018. Her debut thriller, ‘Her Name Was Rose’ became a USA Today bestseller. She followed up this success with ‘Apple of My Eye’ and ‘Forget Me Not’.
She is published by Avon books, an imprint of Harper Collins.
Novelist, non-fiction author, playwright broadcaster and screenwriter,
Deirdre Purcell’s most recent book is a posthumous biography of the late Father Aengus Finucane of Concern.
She has written twelve best-selling novels, a number of non-fiction books, , books to help with literacy and a screenplay and television play. Having worked for Aer Lingus she became an actress in the Abbey Theatre, was a travel agent and cocktail waitress in Chicago and before taking up writing, her career in broadcasting and journalism spanned a range of media . She is currently writing her 13th novel and presents It Says in the Papers for Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.
USA TODAY & International #1 bestselling author Melissa Hill lives in Co Wicklow with her husband and daughter. Her latest novel KEEP YOU SAFE is out now.
Her books have been translated into 25 languages and are regular chart-toppers in Ireland and internationally.
Melissa also co-writes a USA Today bestselling crime series with her husband under - the pseudonym Casey Hill, featuring forensic investigator Reilly Steel.
Claudia was born in Dublin, where she still lives and works as an author and actress. She’s a Sunday Times top ten-bestselling author in the UK and a number one bestselling author in Ireland, selling more than three quarters of a million copies in paperback alone.
To date, Claudia has published sixteen novels, five of which have been optioned, three for movies and two for TV. She’s currently hassling producers for a walk-on role, and is hoping they might even let her keep the costumes for free. Her new book, The Women of Primrose Square will be published in August, 2019.
Dearbhail McDonald is a business journalist that centers on legal affairs with a focus on issues facing Western Europe. She currently resides in the city Dublin Ireland. McDonald has covered current events that have the potential to effect all manner of business and corporations for both Ireland and surrounding countries. Events such as the ransomware attacks that have become an issue for large corporations or businesses working with sensitive material.
Dearbhail is a talented Violinist/cellist who has actively taken part in pieces performed by the Dublin Symphony Orchestra.Although she currently lives in Dublin Ireland, she did live in New York, New York for a short time in 2013.
Patricia Gibney is from Mullingar, County Westmeath and has lived there all her life. She spent 30 years working with Westmeath County Council. When her husband died in 2009 she turned to art and writing, self-publishing a children's book entitled Spring Sprong Sally. Gibney then started writing crime fiction and created her first novel in that genre. She worked with the Irish Writers Centre to improve her writing. Eventually she began a second novel and through that acquired an agent and publishing contract with Bookouture. Her novels currently revolve around her main character, Detective Lottie Parker.
Zoë Miller writes contemporary fiction edged with intrigue and has several successful novels published. She has been writing since childhood, when she loved reading so much that she felt compelled to write stories herself. Her writing career has included freelance journalism and prize winning short fiction. Zoë lives with her husband close to the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. She has two daughters and a son. She worked in the areas of communications, personal development and information security for a number of years, but is now writing full time.
In 2001 Roisin Meaney (Kerry born, Limerick based) took a year off primary teaching and travelled to San Francisco to write The Daisy Picker, which won a two book publishing deal. In 2008, with four novels under her belt, she opted to leave the classroom to write fulltime. To date she is the author of sixteen adult novels and two children’s books, and her works have been translated into several languages. She’s currently working on a new book.
Twice a month she tells stories to small children in libraries, and she also visits schools to talk about the ups and downs of being a writer. She is a fan of cats, chocolate, baking and kindness.
Ciara was born and reared in Dublin. Until she turned thirty-four, she wrote not one word, discounting the diary she kept as a teenager, full of angst and regret and heartache and bitterness; the usual.
Then, when she was 34, she signed up for a creative writing nightclass in Plunkett’s College in Whitehall where she started writing stories. She hasn't stopped since.
Writing, she says, is a bit like going to the gym. You hate going. But you feel great on your way home. Sweaty, with a face like a beef tomato. But great all the same.
Jo Spain is the author of seven bestsellers, the DCI Tom Reynolds series and standalone thrillers The Confession and Dirty Little Secrets. Her first novel was shortlisted in the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition. A screenwriter also, Jo created and co-wrote the critically acclaimed, groundbreaking RTÉ TV crime series Taken Down and is currently working on five European dramas. Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four young children.
Elaine Egan is the Publicity Director of Hachette Ireland. Elaine co-ordinates the publicity campaigns for Hachette Books Ireland and across the Hachette UK group in Ireland. Her recent campaigns include bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan, (Her Husband’s Mistake) debut author Anne Griffin (When All Is Said), and Prof Noel Fitzpatrick (Listening To The Animals: Becoming The Supervet).
Ciara Doorley is the Editorial Director at Hachette Books Ireland. Along with commissioning and publishing both fiction and non-fiction for the Hachette Ireland list, Ciara is involved in the editing, cover commissioning and copy-writing, overseeing all aspects of the publishing process. Her list includes bestselling authors such as Michael Harding, Roisin Meaney, Sophie White, and Caroline Foran.
A native of Dublin, Pat has always loved the history, beautiful environment and varied architecture his city has to offer. This love lead him to personally author 10 illustrated books on Dublin and he has contributed to many more.
Over the years, through his art, Pat has found and captured the great highlights of the city, as well as many areas overlooked by most. Exhibitions of his work have appeared many times in Dublin, and further afield in Brussels and Zurich. The work has helped to raise awareness of Dublin’s heritage and often led to the protection of places that might otherwise have been lost.
These days Pat is the director of Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours, the premier walking tour company in Dublin, and is regularly engaged by organisations such as Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Dublin City Council and many others to lead tours for important visitors to Dublin.
Jane Ryan studied with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and works in the technology industry. Her short stories are published online and in print. She was short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Award and her most recent short story appeared in an anthology entitled Strange Love Affairs. Jane lives in Dublin with her husband and two sons.
47 Seconds is her first novel.
Jane will read from her book In the Court’s Hands in the ‘Our Words - Recent Debuts’ afternoon session on Thursday 26th September in the Donaghmede Public Library.
Fiona Gartland has been a journalist with The Irish Times for 14 years and has covered many trials at the Criminal Courts of Justice and at the Family Courts. She was shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short Story competition on half a dozen occasions and has had stories broadcast and published in magazines, including The Stinging Fly. Her first novel, In the Court’s Hands, was published in 2018. Now That You've Gone will be published in October 2019.
She lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.
Fiona will read from her book In the Court’s Hands in the ‘Our Words - Recent Debuts’ afternoon session on Thursday 26th September in the Donaghmede Public Library.
Eoghan Smith is a writer, critic and academic from Dublin. He has written and contributed to many articles and reviews and has lectured in English literature. His debut novel, The Falling Heart, was published in 2018. His second novel will be published in 2020, and he is currently editing a collection of short stories translated from Irish into English.
Eoghan will read from his book In the The Falling Heart in the ‘Our Words - Recent Debuts’ afternoon session on Thursday 26th September in the Donaghmede Public Library.
For twenty years Aidan Cooney fronted Ireland’s favourite TV breakfast show Ireland AM and still presents his own radio show on Q102. Beginning his career in pirate radio he has worked for commercial broadcasters Century Radio, Classic Hits, Newstalk Radio, TV3 and Virgin Media as presenter, sports presenter and news anchor. He is an avid reader and loves travelling to the USA.
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Susan Ryan grew up in Gorey, County Wexford. After graduating with a degree in Social Science from University College Dublin, she worked in Greece, Germany, London and Australia in positions as diverse as “menu translation” in Greece to “Cook” in the Western Australia wheat belt. She now works as an advertising copywriter, on campaigns ranging from banking to beer, and has won a number of industry awards. In 2012, she was commissioned by Ireland’s only two star Michelin restaurant to write “Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud The First Thirty Years”. She lives in Dublin with her partner, Stéphane, and daughter, Sophie. The King of Lavender Square is her first novel.
John Duffy is a writer living and working in Dublin. He was born and bred in Donaghmede. He has written three novels to date, 'Freak Show' in 2014, 'Purple Cane' in 2016 and 'I, DemiGod' in 2019. The novels are comedies, and the three that have been published so far are a trilogy.