Meet The Writers 2018

Writers

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...