Meet The Writers 2018

Writers

Richard Beard

Richard Beard
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Richard Beard’s most recent book is Acts of the Assassins, which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. In the twenty years since his first book he has published critically acclaimed novels and narrative non-fiction, including Becoming Drusilla, the story of how a friendship between two men was changed by a gender transition. He was formerly Director of the...

Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino
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Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas and the story collection Safe As Houses. Her work has received The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, fellowships from The Center for Fiction NYC,...

John Borgonovo

John Borgonovo
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Dr John Borgonovo lectures in the School of History at University College Cork, and coordinates UCC’s Decade of Centenaries Programme. He is the associate editor of the acclaimed Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork University Press, 2017). An authority on revolutionary Ireland, he frequently appears in the national media. Among his many books, articles, and chapters are the monographs,...

Sam Bungey

Sam Bungey
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Sam Bungey is a journalist from London who has contributed to the Guardian, the Dublin Review and This American Life. His previous foray into audio was a piece for This American Life called ‘Murder Most Fowl’, which he first wrote about in an award-winning story for the Vineyard Gazette. Sam started his career in Dublin...

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
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Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a poet and academic with a focus on innovative poetics. She holds a BA in English from Oxford, an MA and PhD in Contemporary Poetics from Royal Holloway, University of London, and studied performance at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York and Naropa. Creative publications include oh-zones, Her Body: The City, Exotic Birds and M (a...

June Caldwell

June Caldwell
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June Caldwell worked for many years as a journalist and now writes fiction. Her story ‘SOMAT’ was published in the award-winning anthology The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson and was chosen as a ‘favourite’ by the Sunday Times. She is a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize and has been...

Nina Caplan

Nina Caplan
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Nina Caplan is an arts, wine and travel journalist and Louis Roederer International Food and Wine Writer of the Year, 2016. She was Directories Editor for the Guardian and Features and Arts Editor for Time Out before going freelance and these days she wanders too much to remain deskbound. The Wandering Vine is published by Bloomsbury in March 2018. Nina lives in...

Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter
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Andrea Carter grew up in Laois, studied law at Trinity College Dublin and worked as a solicitor on the Inishowen Peninsula, Co Donegal where she ran the most northerly solicitor’s practice in the country. In 2006 she moved to Dublin to practise as a barrister before turning to write crime novels. Carter is the author of the Inishowen Mysteries...

John Connell

John Connell
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John Connell is a journalist, a filmmaker, writer and a farmer. He lives on his family farm Birchview, in County Longford. He published a short story in Granta 135 New Irish Writing in 2016. The Cow Book is his first book and was published by Granta in March 2018. Photo Credit: Eamonn Doyle

Claire Connolly

Claire Connolly
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Claire Connolly is Professor of Modern English at University College Cork. She is the author of A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1780-1829, published by Cambridge University Press and awarded the Donald J. Murphy Prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies. For 2018-2019 she is the Parnell Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College Cambridge. Claire’s...

Clare Conville

Clare Conville
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Listed by the Observer as one of “our top 50 players in the world of books”, Clare worked as an editor at Random House, before co-founding Conville & Walsh in 2000. Her clients have won or been nominated for nearly every major literary prize in the UK including the Man Booker Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse Award, the Whitbread First...

John F. Deane

John F. Deane
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John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943. He founded Poetry Ireland – the National Poetry Society – and The Poetry Ireland Review in 1978, and is the founder of The Dedalus Press, of which he was editor from 1985 until 2006. In 2008 he was visiting scholar in the Burns Library of Boston College. John F. Deane’s...

Danny Denton

Danny Denton
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Danny Denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. He has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships for his work, and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Examiner, and RTÉ Arena. His short stories have been published in Stinging Fly, among others. The Earlie King & The Kid in Yellow is his first novel and was published by Granta...

Trish Deseine

Trish Deseine
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Trish Deseine is a cookbook author and food writer who recently moved to West Cork after 25 years in France. She has published over 25 books – many of which are award-winners and bestsellers – mostly in French, for publishers including Hachette, Flammarion, Kyle Books and Murdoch books. Trish has hosted TV shows for RTE and BBC NI and currently writes for...

Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble
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Dame Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of eighteen novels including A Summer Bird-Cage, The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Red Queen, The Sea Lady and most recently, the highly acclaimed The Pure Gold Baby. She has also written biographies, screenplays and was the editor of the Oxford...

Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams
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Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and a graphic designer at White Space Creative Agency. He facilitates workshops in creative writing where he explores reoccurring themes in his work – Identity, Displacement and Destiny – in accessible, enjoyable ways for participants of all...

Martina Evans

Martina Evans
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  Martina Evans is an award-winning poet and novelist, the author of eleven books of prose and poetry. Burnfort Las Vegas was a finalist for the Poetry Now Award in 2015 and her latest book of poems Now We Can Talk Openly About Men is published by Carcanet in May 2018. She has taught poetry at Birkbeck University, London Metropolitan University and...

Lara Feigel

Lara Feigel
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Lara Feigel is a Reader in Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London. She is the author of Literature, Cinema and Politics, 1930–1945 and the editor (with Alexandra Harris) of Modernism on Sea: Art and Culture at the British Seaside and (with John Sutherland) of the New Selected Journals of Stephen Spender. She has also written journalism...

Jennifer Forde

Jennifer Forde
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Jennifer Forde is a UK-based documentary television producer, who has worked for many years at the BBC and some of Britain’s leading independent production companies. Her credits include directing and producing an episode of the RTS award-winning BBC series The Secret Life of the National Grid; producing an episode of Catholics, a Grierson-shortlisted BBC series about Catholic identity...

Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen
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Rivka Galchen is an award winning fiction writer and journalist, whose work appears often in the New Yorker, Harper’s, London Review of Books and the New York Times. She is the author of a novel Atmospheric Disturbances, a collection of short stories American Innovations a book of essays Little Labours. She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including...

Sinead Gleeson

Sinead Gleeson
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Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse, Banshee and Elsewhere Journal. Her debut essay collection, Constellations will be published by Picador in spring 2019. She is the editor of three short story anthologies, including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers (2015) and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from...

James Harpur

James Harpur
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James Harpur has had five poetry collections published by Anvil Press and won many awards and bursaries. A Vision of Comets (1993) was based on the poems that won him an Eric Gregory Award. Anvil have also published his Fortune’s Prisoner (2007), a translation of the poems of the Roman philosopher Boethius. He is poetry editor...

Alexandra Heminsley

Alexandra Heminsley
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Alexandra Heminsley is a journalist, broadcaster and ghostwriter. She is author of the bestselling memoir Running Like a Girl, which has now been published in thirteen countries. Follow Alexandra @hemmo @hemmograms Photo Credit: Chris Floyd  

Imogen Hermes Gowar

Imogen Hermes Gowar
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Imogen Hermes Gowar studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History before going on to work in museums. She began to write fiction inspired by the artefacts she worked with, and in 2013 won the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarship to study for an MA in Creative Writing at UEA. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was a finalist in the MsLexia First Novel Competition...

Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare
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Philip Hoare's book Leviathan or, The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. It was followed in 2013 by The Sea Inside. His new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, shortlisted for the 2018 Stanford Travel Writing Prize, is published by 4th Estate, and ranges from Cape Cod to the West of Ireland in search of stories of the sea,...

Allan Jenkins

Allan Jenkins
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Allan Jenkins is the award-winning editor of Observer Food Monthly. He was previously editor of the Observer Magazine and once lived in an experimental eco-community on Anglesey, growing organic food on the edge of the Irish Sea. He is the author of the Baillie Gifford 2017 and Wellcome Book Prize 2018 longlisted Plot 29 and lives in northwest London. Photo Credit: Colin...

Arja Kajermo

Arja Kajermo
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Arja Kajermo lives with her husband in Dublin. The Iron Age was published by Tramp Press in 2017. Arja grew up on a small farm in Finland with her parents and three brothers, as well as her grandmother and an uncle. When she was six, her father took the family to Sweden, where he found work at a paper mill in...

Muhammad Khan

Muhammad Khan
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Muhammad Khan is an engineer, a secondary-school maths teacher, and now a YA author! He lives in South London and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at St Mary's. Muhammad takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. Muhammad’s photo is by Sarah Blackie

India Knight

India Knight
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India Knight writes two weekly columns for The Sunday Times. She is the author of four novels and five non fiction books. She is currently working on Darling, an homage to The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford, to be published by Penguin in 2019. Photo Credit: Francesco Giudicini, The Sunday Times

Alicia Kopf

Alicia Kopf
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Alicia Kopf was born in 1982 and is a writer and artist based in Barcelona. Brother in Ice is the culmination of an artistic cycle of exhibitions entitled Àrticantàrtic, Her awards include the GAC-DKV Prize for best young artist gallery exhibition. The original Catalan manuscript of Brother in Ice  won the 2015 Premi Documenta, a prestigious prize for...

Nick Laird

Nick Laird
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Nick Laird was born in County Tyrone in 1975. Educated at Cambridge and Harvard, he worked for many years in London and Warsaw as a litigator. He has won many awards for his fiction and poetry including the Betty Trask prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, the Rooney Prize and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Prize. The...

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy
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Deborah Levy is a British playwright, novelist and poet. She is the author of six novels: Beautiful Mutants (1986); Swallowing Geography (1993); The Unloved (1994); Billy & Girl (1996); Swimming Home (2011); and Hot Milk (2016). Swimming Home was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 as well as the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, and Hot Milk was shortlisted in 2016 for both the Man Booker Prize and...

Dave Lordan

Dave Lordan
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Dave Lordan is a multi-genre writer, performer, editor, and pathbreaking multimedia educator with four acclaimed books & twenty years experience in creativity education & cultural programme design. Check out his colourful new website at davelordan.com or follow Dave Lordan on YouTube or Facebook. As well as West Cork Literary Festival, Dave has provided workshops for RTE,...

Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty
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Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. This is his fifth novel. He has written five collections of stories and four other novels, including Grace Notes which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. He has written versions of his fiction for other media – radio and television plays, screenplays and libretti. His...

Justine McCarthy

Justine McCarthy
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Bandonian Justine McCarthy is a columnist and political correspondent with the Sunday Times.  She is the author of two books, Mary McAleese: The Outsider and Deep Deception: Scandals in Irish Swimming. She is a frequent broadcaster and public speaker and was an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Limerick.  She has written for the Guardian, the...

John & Sally McKenna

John & Sally McKenna
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John McKenna has written about Ireland's food culture for almost thirty years, and has won many national and international awards for his work, including the André Simon Special Award. He is the curator of the annual 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland, published since 1992. The Wall Street Journal described him as ‘Ireland’s most authoritative food writer’. ...

Alan McMonagle

Alan McMonagle
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Alan McMonagle lives in Galway. Ithaca, his debut novel was published in 2017 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Award for first novels and shortlisted for a Bord Gáis Irish Book Award. He has published two collections of short stories Psychotic Episodes and Liar Liar, both of which were nominated for the Frank O'Connor Award. He also writes...

Sinéad Morrissey

Sinéad Morrissey
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Sinéad Morrissey was born in 1972 and grew up in Belfast. She read English and German at Trinity College Dublin from which she took her PhD in 2003. Her five previous collections are There Was a Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2002), The State of the Prisons (2005), Through the Square Window (2009) and the T.S. Eliot Prize-winning Parallax (2013) all...

Fiona Mozley

Fiona Mozley
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Fiona Mozley was born in Hackney but grew up in York and studied at Cambridge before moving to Buenos Aires for a year – without speaking any Spanish. After briefly working at a literary agency in London, she moved back to York to complete a PhD in Medieval Studies. She also has a weekend job at The Little Apple Bookshop...

Niamh Mulvey

Niamh Mulvey
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Niamh Mulvey is a commissioning editor at Quercus in London. She started her career in children’s books, working with authors Piers Torday, Cat Clarke, Amber Lee Dodd and Louise O’Neill among many others. She moved into adult literary fiction in 2016 and is currently building a list at riverrun, Quercus’s literary imprint.  She has...

E.R. Murray

E.R. Murray
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E.R. Murray writes novels for children and young adults as well as short fiction. Her books include The Book of Learning – Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (2016 Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read for Children), The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy 2 (shortlisted 2016 Irish Book Awards and 2016 Irish Literacy Association Award), The Book of Revenge – Nine Lives Trilogy 3 (Feb 2018) and Caramel...

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
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Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh was born in Kerry. She has read at festivals in New York, Paris, Montréal, Berlin and Ballyferriter. ‘Filleadh ar an gCathair’ was chosen as Ireland’s EU Presidency poem in 2013 and was shortlisted for RTÉ’s ‘A Poem for Ireland’ in 2015. Coiscéim published Pé...

Liz Nugent

Liz Nugent
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Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. In 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a Number One bestseller and won the Crime Fiction Prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to Number One in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won...

Melatu Uche Okorie

Melatu Uche Okorie
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Melatu Uche Okorie is a writer and scholar, currently living in Sligo with her daughter. Born in Nigeria, Melatu 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 has had works published...

Chibundu Onuzo

Chibundu Onuzo
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Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991. Her first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She is completing a PhD on the West African Student’s...

Louise O’Neill

Louise O’Neill
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Louise O’Neill’s second novel Asking For It won Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2015, enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and was one of the most talked-about books of the year. It spent over a year in the Irish top ten book chart. The world premiere of the stage adaptation of Asking For It, produced...

Joseph O’Neill

Joseph O’Neill
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Joseph O’Neill was born in Ireland, grew up in several different countries and now lives in New York where he teaches at Bard College. He is the author of four novels, Netherland (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008), The Dog, This Is the Life and The Breezes, as well as a memoir, Blood-Dark Track. His short stories have...

Leanne O’Sullivan

Leanne O’Sullivan
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Leanne O’Sullivan was born in 1983, and comes from the Beara peninsula in West Cork. The winner of several of Ireland’s poetry competitions in her early 20s, she has published four collections with Bloodaxe: Waiting for My Clothes (2004), Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009), winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2010, The Mining Road (2013), and A...

Fintan O’Toole

Fintan O’Toole
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Fintan O’Toole is assistant editor, columnist and feature writer for the Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University. He has written books on Irish history, politics, society and culture. He has been a drama critic for Irish Times, New York Daily News, Sunday Tribune (Dublin), and In Dublin Magazine. His books on...

Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel
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Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, Professor of Poetry at King’s College London. Her ten collections include Darwin – A Life in Poems, a verse biography of her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin; The Mara Crossing on human and animal migration; Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth on the Middle East; and Tidings, a narrative poem on homelessness and...

Caitríona Perry

Caitríona Perry
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Caitríona Perry is an award-winning Irish journalist.  She's worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000 and is currently the co-anchor of the main television evening news programme from Ireland's national public service broadcaster, RTÉ. The SixOne News is broadcast Monday to Friday from 6.01pm to 7pm and is the most watched news programme...

Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley
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Jacob Polley was born and grew up in Cumbria. His fourth book of poems, Jackself, won the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry. A poet of the uncanny and the startlingly lyrical, Jacob’s work explores his rural upbringing, the forces of tradition and history, and the power of speech as it approaches song. He is also a novelist,...

Tramp Press

Tramp Press
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Tramp Press was launched by Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen in 2014 with the publication of Flight by Oona Frawley. Their aim is to find, nurture and publish exceptional literary talent. Tramp Press is committed to finding only the best and most deserving books, by new and established writers. They’ve subsequently published critically acclaimed authors including Sara Baume and...

Billy Ramsell

Billy Ramsell
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Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. He has published two collections with Dedalus Press, Complicated Pleasures in 2007 and The Architect’s Dream of Winter in 2013, which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and has recently been published in Italian translation. He was awarded...

The Well Review

The Well Review
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The Well Review is a literary journal based in Co. Cork and is edited by Sarah Byrne. Since its establishment in 2016, The Well Review has published work by John Burnside, Anne Carson, Leontia Flynn, Ishion Hutchinson, Nick Laird, Sinéad Morrissey and many more. It also publishes work by emerging writers and artists based in Ireland and...

Eimear Ryan

Eimear Ryan
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Eimear Ryan’s writing has appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, Town & Country (Faber) and The Long Gaze Back (New Island). She has won several awards for her short stories, including a Hennessy First Fiction Award and the Sean Dunne Young Writer Award. She is co-editor of the literary...

Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard
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Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982. Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in Walt Disney World, Florida, and most recently was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel Distress...

John Simpson

John Simpson
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John Simpson was Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary for twenty years until he retired in 2013. He joined the staff of the OED way back in 1976, but these days doesn’t often admit to that. His wry and informal memoir of the words, the people, and the life he experienced there, The Word Detective, was published by Little,...

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith
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Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time, as well as a novella, The Embassy of Cambodia, and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and...

Leah Umansky

Leah Umansky
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Leah Umansky lives in New York City and is a poet and teacher. Her poems have been widely published and have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines such as, POETRY, American Poetry Review, Magma Poetry, Salamander, Guernica, The White Review, Poetry Review, Pleiades, and Plume. She is the author of four books, including, The Barbarous Century, (published by Eyewear in...

Mary Watson

Mary Watson
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Mary Watson is from Cape Town and now lives on the West Coast of Ireland with her husband and three young children. Highlights of her adult writing career include being awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing in Oxford in 2006, and being included on the Hay Festival’s 2014 Africa39 list of influential writers from sub-Saharan Africa. Mary’s...

Katharine Weber

Katharine Weber
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Katharine Weber is the author of six novels (Still Life With Monkey, True Confections, Triangle, The Little Women, The Music Lesson, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear) and a memoir (The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family’s Legacy of Infidelities). She has held the Richard L. Thomas Chair...

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson
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Emily Wilson is a British classicist. She is professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, having obtained her BA in Literae Humaniores, Classical Literature and Philosophy from Balliol College, Oxford, and her MPhil in English Renaissance Literature (1994) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She is the author of Mocked to Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton and The...

Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman
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Sarah Winman is the author of bestsellers When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways. She was an actor for 30 years in theatre, TV and film. Sarah’s family is from east Oxford, originally a working-class area, and where the novel is partly set. Tin Man is a term used to refer to the highly skilled...

Denyse Woods

Denyse Woods
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Denyse Woods, who has also written as Denyse Devlin, is an Irish novelist, born in Boston, and the author of six novels, including the critically-acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and Irish and UK bestseller The Catalpa Tree. A recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary Award and Cork County Council Arts Grants, Denyse has been awarded residencies with the...