Niamh Boyce

An award-winning poet and novelist, Niamh’s bestselling debut THE HERBALIST won Debut of the Year at The Irish Book Awards, and was nominated for an IMPAC. Her novel, HER KIND, is based on Ireland’s first witch trial, and was nominated for the EU Prize for Literature. She was awarded Hennessy Writer of the Year for her poetry, and her collection Inside the Wolf was released in 2018.

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Arthur Broomfield 

Dr Arthur Broomfield is a poet and literary critic from Ballyfin, County Laois. His latest poetry collection, Ireland Calling [Revival Press, Limerick], Is his eighth book. Arthur mentors those who are interested in writing, or who want to work on their poetry. He is an acknowledged scholar on the works of Samuel Beckett and will give lectures and classes on the writer, if requested.   He holds BA and MA degrees in English and history from National university of Ireland, Maynooth and a Ph.D in English literature on the works of Maria Edgeworth from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter grew up in Ballyfin, Co. Laois and studied law at Trinity College before moving to the Inishowen peninsula, in Co. Donegal, where she ran the most northerly solicitors’ practice in Ireland. In 2006, she returned to Dublin to work as a barrister.

She is the bestselling author of the Inishowen Mysteries, most recently The Body Falls (2020). Her books are published in the UK, the US, and Germany, and her first three books are in development for TV.

Her short story The Lamb, which was part of the Counterparts anthology published by The Stinging Fly, was shortlisted for Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2019.

The Sunday Times has said ‘Carter excels in re-creating the cloistered, gossipy confines of a small Irish village…the Inishowen peninsula community where everybody knows everybody else’s business is a fine stand-in for the mannered drawing room society of a Christie mystery.’

Pauline Clooney

Pauline Clooney, an award-winning short story writer, originally from Laois, has been living and working in Kildare for over thirty years. A former teacher of English and History, she left that career in 2017 to concentrate on her writing. Her debut novel, Charlotte and Arthur,
reimagining Charlotte Brontë’s honeymoon in Ireland in 1854, will be published by Merdog Books, October 2021. Pauline is also the founder of Kildare Writing Centre where she facilitates courses in all aspects of creative writing.

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Bronwyn Cuddy 

Hailing from the beautiful village of Castletown in Co. Laois, Bronwyn received an Hons. B.Ed in English and Theology from the Mater Dei Institute of Education and is currently teaching in St. Mary’s College, Naas, Co. Kildare. She has had her poetry published in various literary magazines and has contributed articles to Laois Today and The Irish Times. She is the editor of The Heliograph magazine in St. Mary’s College and writes commissioned reflections for various events. Her first children’s book is currently in the process of publication and she is now working on compiling her first collection of poetry whilst simultaneously working on her debut novel.

Sheila Forsey

Sheila Forsey is an Irish Times best-selling author. A deep interest in Ireland’s intricate and complex history of the last century has inspired her to write historical fiction. Her fourth novel –

‘The Lake House at Lenashee’ was released on Kindle on June 16th and the paperback will be released in August 2021. She is published with Poolbeg Press and represented by the Trace Literary Agency in the US. She was part of the Two Roads Creative Writing course in Maynooth. Her writing has been selected as history- reading material for transition year in selected secondary schools as an insight into 1950s Ireland. She is a recipient of a literature bursary award from Artlinks.

Although new to playwriting – she is a finalist in Scripts Playwrighting Festival in August of this year with a new play.

Her play ‘Teddy’ written under Wexford Playwrights Studio at Wexford Arts Centre and funded by Wexford County Council and The Arts Council had a professional staged reading earlier in 2021 under the direction of Ben Barnes.

Angela Keogh

Angela Keogh is a novelist, playwright and poet. Her novel The Winter Dress was selected for the Irish Writers' Centre Novel fair 2020 and published the same year. It has been described by the Irish Times as 'rooted in folklore, history and linguistic and complex, her two central narratives intertwine in unexpected and satisfying ways...The Winter Dress lingers and resonates long after the last page.'

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Geraldine O' Neill

Geraldine O'Neill was born in Scotland to Irish/Scottish parents, and grew up in Cleland, a small mining village, in Lanarkshire. She moved to Daingean in County Offaly in Ireland in 1991 with her husband, Michael Brosnahan, and 2 children, and has lived there since.Geraldine is also a school teacher, and taught in Daingean National School for a number of years.  
She started writing just before moving to Ireland, and went on to gain a number of awards for her short stories before embarking on her first novel. She has also had a number of poems published.
She has been the recipient of various Art Awards, most recently, a bursary from Offaly Arts in 2020 for the Tyrone Guthrie Artist Centre at Annaghmakerrig in Monaghan.
She has been involved in various community writing projects and workshops in the UK and abroad, and has given readings at literary festivals and talks on her writing career.
Geraldine was recently selected to take part in an Irish Film Mentorship Programme in September 2021 and is currently taking part in a Screenwriting Course in preparation for the programme.
  • Author of 16 novels published in the UK + Commonwealth, Ireland + foreign translations, audio, large print etc. the most recent being a WW2 book under the name of Lilly Robbins. (being published later this year)
  • Award-winning short-story author with numerous stories (adult + children) published in collections with other leading authors e.g. Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes.
  • Creative Writing Tutor (adults + children) Has delivered numerous courses in Ireland, UK + Spain.
  • Feature writer for national newspapers + magazines e.g. Daily Mail, Irish Independent, Woman’s Way etc.
  • Appeared on RTE as a judge in Short Story Competition for Seoige & O'Shea  show.
  • Appeared on TV3 morning show, Ireland AM on a number of occasions, and in 2013 giving writing advice over a period of weekly sessions.

Eve Power

 Under the pen name Dixon Reuel, Eve Power is the author of the Dark Urban Fantasy series, Blood Brute, with Rise of One publishing December 2020 and its sequel, Fall of Two, publishing in August 2021. Rise of One was a finalist & medalist in The Wishing List Indie Book Awards and welcomed great NetGalley and Kirkus reviews.

From Dublin, Ireland, Eve is an award-winning author and poet, most notably runner-up for The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award & recipient of The Arts Council of Ireland’s writing residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

Eve holds a First in History & Early Irish Studies and another First in Creative Writing. She is a lifelong nerd and devoted hobbyist of cosplay, video games, and other surely worthwhile pursuits.

Suzanne Power

Suzanne Power is an author, editor, and creative mentor, all centering from belief in the transformative power of stories.

An award-winning author of novels, poetry, creative non-fiction, columns, and short stories, her central themes concern the powerful presence of the silent majority in memory, history, and the moment.

Along with her own writing, she founded and delivered an Irish university’s creative writing programme. Her creative instinct convinces her to empower as well as edit and mentor writers. Her practice in writing therapy confirms her ethos –

Encouragement is the only true criticism. She fosters authors from all walks of life to publication, from international bestsellers to writers of titles of local importance and contribution.

All lives change radically through expression.

A natural nomad, she gave two decades to raising and empowering her two sons on creative paths. She and her husband, a teacher of severe and challenging behaviour, anticipate their next house will have wheels.

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