Contributor Biographies

Niall Allsop

Niall Allsop was born and educated in Belfast but spent most of his working life in the UK, first as a teacher, then a photo-journalist and finally as a graphic designer mainly in the arts. 

Kevin Breathnach

Kevin Breathnach is a writer from Dublin, who currently lives in Belfast. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the literary editor of Totally Dublin.

David Butler

David Butler is a multi-award winning novelist, poet, short-story writer and playwright. The most recent of his three published novels, City of Dis (New Island) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 2015.

Tanya Farrelly

Tanya Farrelly is the author of three books: a short fiction collection When Black Dogs Sing (Arlen House)winner of the Kate O’ Brien Award 2017, and two psychological thrillers: The Girl Behind the Lens and When Your Eyes Close (Harper Collins).

Anne Griffin

Anne Griffin is the winner of the John McGahern Award for Literature. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition,

Barry Guy

Barry Guy is an innovative bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of jazz improvisation, and to chamber and orchestral performance and solo recitals is the outcome both of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication. 

Margaret Hickey

Margaret Hickey worked in London for many years, both as a freelance writer for The Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian and more, and also as food and drink editor of Country Living magazine.

Maya Homburger

Maya Homburger born and educated in Zurich, Switzerland. She then moved to England in 1986 to join John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists, Trevor Pinnock’s The English Concert and other period instrument groups. 

Caoilinn Hughes

Caoilinn Hughes novel Orchid & the Wasp (Hogarth/Oneworld 2018) was described by The New Yorker as 'a winning debut', by the Sunday Times as 'a highly ambitious fiction debut containing multitudes' and was shortlisted for the Butler Literary Award. 

Julia Kelly

Julia Kelly studied English, Sociology and journalism in Dublin and worked in publishing in London for six years.

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny is an experienced journalist, author and broadcaster. She has written for over 30 newspapers and magazines over the course of her career. Her books include Germany CallingLord Haw-HawCrown and Shamrock: Love and Hate between Ireland and the British Monarchy and Goodbye to Catholic Ireland, a social history of Ireland over the lifetime of her parents.

Margaret Lonergan

Margaret Lonergan is a freelance design consultant and has an illustration practice. She graduated from NCAD with a BDes in Visual Communication in 1989. In 1998, she completed an MA in Design, specialising in illustration and book design. 

Thomas Lynch

Thomas Lynch is a writer and a funeral director.  His collections of poems include Skating with Heather Grace (1987), Grimalkin & Other Poems (1994), Still Life in Milford (2000), Walking Papers (2010) and The Sin-eater: A Breviary (2011). 

Biddy Jenkinson

Athinsint ar rómáns meánaoiseach é Mis de chuid Biddy Jenkinson, tour-de-force amach is amach. Téann Mis, iníon le Dáire Déadgheal, le gealaigh nuair a thagann sí ar chorp a hathar ar pháirc an áir i ndiaidh Chath Fionntrá.

Tomás Mac Conmara

Tomás Mac Conmara is an award-winning oral historian from County Clare. In 2016, he was commended by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, as one of seven recipients who have made outstanding contributions to culture over the last 100 years for a Comhaltas Forógra na Cásca Centenary Award.

Paula McGrath

Paula McGrath is the author of two novels, Generation, and A History of Running Away. She is an IRC-funded doctoral candidate at UL, working on representations of trauma in fiction.

Derek Mulveen

First published in 2012, Derek Mulveen's debut children's book Oisín the Brave-Moon Adventure (Eire's Kids, 2012) was widely received in Ireland and across the Atlantic in the United States.

Peadar Ó Guilín

Peadar Ó Guilín is the author of the YA novel, The Call, inspired by the beauty of Donegal where he grew up. The Invasion, a sequel to The Call and the end of the duology, was published in March 2018.

Nessa O’Mahony

Nessa O’Mahony was born in Dublin, Ireland. She has published four books of poetry – Bar Talk, appeared (1999), Trapping a Ghost (2005), In Sight of Home (2009) and Her Father’s Daughter (2014).

Rick O’Shea

Rick has been a broadcaster with RTE since 2001, previously on RTE 2FM and as a presenter of RTE Radio 1’s The Poetry Programme. He currently presents weekday mornings on RTE Gold. 

Tina O'Toole

Dr Tina O'Toole is senior lecturer in English, and programme director of the MA English at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her publications include Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922 (UCD Press 2016; co-edited Gillian McIntosh and Muireann O'Cinnéide), 

Emilie Pine

Emilie Pine is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. Emilie has published widely as an academic and critic, and is editor of the Irish University Review journal.

Enda Reilly

Enda Reilly is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Dublin whose projects include New Songs In Irish Amhráin Nua i nGaeilge, his Climate Change Songs Workshops, Arise and Go! a collaboration with poet Stephen James Smith.

Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of two story collections and five novels. Her most recent novel, The Marriage Pact, has been published in 30 languages and received the Palle Rosenkrantz Prize for the best foreign crime novel published in Denmark.

Seán Rocks

Seán Rocks presents ARENA, RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship arts, popular culture and entertainment programme which is broadcast at 7p.m. Mon-Fri. 

Graham Tugwell

Graham Tugwell is a writer and performer of strangeness, and the creator of Ireland's first horror audiodrama podcast Down Below The Reservoir. His work has been published and performed across five continents.

Grace Wells

Grace Wells is one of the most ecologically-driven writers in Ireland today. Both her poetry and her children’s books are strongly informed by nature, the environment, and spirit of place.

Sheena Wilkinson

Since the publication of the internationally multi-award-winning Taking Flight (Dublin, Little Island) in 2010, Sheena Wilkinson has established herself as one of the most acclaimed Irish writers for young people.