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Keith Baker 0

Baker, Keith

Keith Baker is the author of contemporary thrillers, including Inheritance (London, Headline, 1996); Reckoning (Headline, 1998); Engram (Headline, 1999) and Lunenburg (Headline, 2000). Inheritance won a WH Smith Fresh Talent Award in 1996 and...

Ivy Bannister 0

Bannister, Ivy

Ivy Bannister was born in New York City in 1951. Her short story collection is Magician (Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 1996). Many other stories have been published and broadcast, including What Big Teeth, filmed as...

John Banville 0

Banville, John

John Banville was born in Wexford in 1945. His novels are Long Lankin ([nine short stories and the novella, The Possessed], London, Secker & Warburg, 1970); Nightspawn (Secker & Warburg, New York/ WW Norton,...

Sad Song Vincent Banville 0

Banville, Vincent

Vincent Banville was born in Wexford in 1940. His novels include An End to Flight (London, Faber and Faber, 1973, originally published under the pen name Vincent Lawrence, reprinted, author Vincent Banville, Dublin, New...

Leland Bardwell 0

Bardwell, Leland

Leland Bardwell was born in India of Irish parents in 1922 and was brought to Ireland at the age of two. Her collections of poetry are The Mad Cyclist (Dublin, New Writers’ Press, 1970);...

Anne Barrett 0

Barrett, Anne

Anne Barrett was born in Co Clare. Her first film, Spring Cleaning (Channel 4/RTÉ, 1986), received two international film awards, including Special Juror’s Award at the Cork film festival and was distributed in Scandanavia...

Colin Barrett 0

Barrett, Colin

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. His first collection is Young Skins (Dublin, The Stinging Fly, 2013). He was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize in 2009, bursaries from...

Catherine Barry 0

Barry, Catherine

Catherine Barry was born in 1963 in Dublin. Her novels are The House That Jack Built (London, Simon & Schuster, 2001); Null & Void (Simon & Schuster, 2002); and Skindeep (Simon & Schuster, 2004)....

Kevin Barry 3

Barry, Kevin

Kevin Barry was born in Limerick in 1969. His story collections are There Are Little Kingdoms (Dublin, Stinging Fly Press, 2007), which featured as a book of the year in both The Sunday Tribune...

Sebastian Barry 0

Barry, Sebastian

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays are The Pentagonal Dream (Damer Theatre 1986); Boss Grady’s Boys (Abbey Theatre, Peacock stage, Dublin 1988), which won the first BBC/Stewart Parker Award; Prayers...

Colin Bateman 0

Bateman, Colin

Colin Bateman was born in Co Down in 1962. He has written fifteen novels, amongst them being Divorcing Jack (London, Arcade Publishing, 1995); Cycle of Violence (London, Harper Collins,1995); Of Wee Sweetie Mice and...

Mary Beckett 0

Beckett, Mary

Mary Beckett was born in Belfast in 1926. She began writing in her twenties, first for the BBC, and then for literary magazines. Her stories are collected as A Belfast Woman (Dublin, Poolbeg, 1980/New...

Samuel Beckett 0

Beckett, Samuel

Samuel Beckett was born in Foxrock, Co Dublin in 1906. His fiction includes More Pricks Than Kicks (London, Chatto and Windus, 1934); Murphy (London, G. Routledge, 1938); Molloy (Paris, Les Editions de Minuit 1951);...

Brendan Behan 0

Behan, Brendan

Brendan Behan (known in Irish as Breandán Ó Beacháin) was born in Dublin in 1923. He served in Borstal (juvenile prison) for his activities in the IRA, and his experiences formed the background for...

Gerard Beirne 0

Beirne, Gerard

Gerard Beirne was born in 1962. His novels are The Eskimo in the Net (London, Marion Boyars, 2003); and Turtle (Ottawa, Oberon Press, 2009). His poetry collections are Digging My Own Grave (Dublin, The...

Ronan Bennet 0

Bennett, Ronan

Ronan Bennett was born in Belfast in 1956. His novels are The Second Prison (London, Hamish Hamilton 1991); Overthrown by Strangers (Hamish Hamilton, 1992); The Catastrophist (London, Headline Review 1998); Havaoc, In Its Third...

Sara Berkeley 0

Berkeley, Sara

Sara Berkeley was born in Dublin in 1967. Her collections are Penn (Dublin, Raven Arts Press/Canada, Thistledown Press, 1986); Home Movie Nights (Raven Arts Press/Thistledown Press, 1989); Facts About Water, New and Selected Poems...

Ciaran Berry 0

Berry, Ciaran

Ciaran Berry was born in Dublin in 1971 and grew up in Carna, County Galway and Falcarragh, County Donegal. His first collection is The Sphere Birds (Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press/Southern Illinois State...

Sujata Bhatt 0

Bhatt, Sujata

Sujata Bhatt was born in Ahmedabad, India in 1956, and spent her early years in Pune. She has translated Gujarati poetry into English for the Penguin anthology of Contemporary Indian Women Poets. Her collections...

Chris Binchy 1

Binchy, Chris

Chris Binchy was born in Scotland in 1970. His novels are The Very Man (London, MacMillan, 2003); People Like Us (MacMillan, 2004); Open Handed (London, Penguin, 2008); and Five Days Apart (London, Harper, 2010)....

Binchy, Dan 0

Binchy, Dan

Dan Binchy was born in County Limerick in 1940. His novels are The Neon Madonna (London, Century, 1991); The Last Resort (Century, 1992); Fireballs (London, Century, Random House, 1993); and Loopy: A Novel of...

Maeve Binchy 1

Binchy, Maeve

Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin in 1940. Her story collections are Central Line (Dublin, Ward River Press, 1977/London, Quartet, 1978); Victoria Line (Ward River Press/Quartet, 1980); Dublin 4 (Ward River Press/London, Century, 1983);...

Eavan Boland 0

Boland, Eavan

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin in 1944. Her collections of poetry include 23 Poems (Dublin, Gallagher, 1962); The War Horse (London, Gollancz,1975); In Her Own Image (Dublin, Arlen House, 1980); Night Feed (Arlen...

Rosita Boland 0

Boland, Rosita

Rosita Boland was born in Co Clare in 1965. Her poetry collections are Muscle Creek (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1991); and Dissecting the Heart (Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press, 2003). She has also...

Dermot Bolger 0

Bolger, Dermot

Dermot Bolger was born in Finglas, North Dublin, in 1959. He founded Raven Arts Press, Dublin, where he was editor from 1979 to 1992. His novels are Night Shift, (Kerry, Brandon Books, 1982) ;...

Pat Boran 0

Boran, Pat

Pat Boran was born in Portlaoise in 1963. His poetry collections are The Unwound Clock (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1990), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award; Familiar Things (Dedalus, 1993); The Shape of Water...

Angela Bourke 1

Bourke, Angela

Angela Bourke’s short story collection is By Salt Water, (Dublin, New Island Books, 1996). Her other books include Caoineadh na dTrí Muire (Baile Átha Cliath, An Clóchomhar, 1983); The Burning of Bridget Cleary (London,...

Eva Bourke 0

Bourke, Eva

Eva Bourke was born in Germany but has lived in Ireland for many years. Her poetry collections are Gonella (Galway, Salmon Publishing, 1985, with drawings by Jay Murphy); Litany for the Pig (Salmon Publishing,...

Elizabeth Bowen 0

Bowen, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bowen was born Elizabeth Dorothea Cole in Dublin in 1899, taking her literary name from the family home Bowen’s Court, in County Cork. Her novels include Encounters (London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1923); The...

Niamh Boyce 0

Boyce, Niamh

Niamh Boyce is from Athy, Co Kildare. Her debut novel is The Herbalist (Dublin, Penguin Ireland, 2013). She was awarded the Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year 2012 for her poem Kitty,...

Clare Boylan 0

Boylan, Clare

Clare Boylan was born in Dublin in 1948. She published four novels: Holy Pictures (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1993/ New York, Simon and Schuster 1983); Last Resorts (Hamish Hamilton, 1984 /Simon and Schuster, 1986); Black...

John Boyne 0

Boyne, John

John Boyne was born in Dublin in 1971. His first short story was published by the Sunday Tribune and shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award. His novels for both adults and children are The...

Mary Branley at the Keash Caves, Sligo 0

Branley, Mary

Mary Branly was born in Sligo in 1962. Her collections are A Foot in the Tide (Kilcar, Co Donegal, the Summer Palace Press, 2002); and Martin Let Me Go (Summer Palace Press, 2009). She...

Colm Breathnach 0

Breathnach, Colm

Colm Breathnach was born in Cork in 1961. His collections are Cantaic an Bhalbháin (1991), which won the Duais Bhardas Chorcaí at the 1991 Oireachtas; An Fearann Breac (1992); Scáthach (1994), which won An...

Pádraic Breathnach 0

Breathnach, Pádraic

Pádraic Breathnach was Born in Moycullen, Co. Galway, in 1942. His stories are collected as Bean Aonair (Clódhanna Teo., 1974); Buicéad Poitín (Clódhanna Teo., 1978); An Lánúin (F.N.T., 1979); Na Déithe Luachmhara Deiridh (Clódhanna...

Other Things I Didn't Tell 0

Breen, Maggie

Maggie Breen was born in Monageer, Co Wexford. Her debut collection is Other Things I Didn’t Tell (Enniscorthy, Scalta Media, 2013). She divides her time between Sallins, Co. Kildare, and Dingle, Co. Kerry. Maggie...

Deirdre Brennan 0

Brennan, Deirdre

Deirdre Brennan was born in Dublin in 1934 and brought up in Tipperary. Her collections are Reilig na mBan Rialta (Baile Átha Cliath, Coscéim, 1974); Scothanna Geala (Coscéim, 1989), which was a Poetry Ireland...

Pigs 0

Brennan, James

James (Jimmy) Brennan was born in Dublin in 1944. He was a member of the Stanislavski Studio at Focus Theatre from 1967-1969. His novel is Seaman (Dublin, Irish Writers Co-Op,1978). His poems and stories...

Joe Brennan 0

Brennan, Joe

Joe Brennan was born in Wexford in 1968. His play The Witchin’ Well was produced by An Grianán Productions (Letterkenny, Co Donegal) in 2005 and 2006. The play toured nationally twice and featured at...

Maeve Brennan 0

Brennan, Maeve

Maeve Brennan was born in Dublin in 1917. Her father was Irish Ambassador to the United States and he brought his family there, including Maeve, in 1934. She settled in Manhattan and in 1949...

Rory Brennan 0

Brennan, Rory

Rory Brennan was born in Westport, Co Mayo in 1945. His collections are The Sea on Fire (Dublin, Dolmen, 1978); The Walking Wounded (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1985); and The Old in Raphallo (Dedalus,...

Heather Brett 0

Brett, Heather

Heather Brett was born in Canada, and was raised in Co Antrim. Her collections are Abigail Brown (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); The Touch-Maker (Monaghan, The Alternative Publishing Company, 1994/Toronto, Literary Publishing 1994); and Green...

John Broderick 0

Broderick, John

John Broderick was born in Athlone in 1924. His novels include The Pilgrimage (London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1961), published in the U.S. as The Chameleons (N.Y. Ivan Obolensky, 1961); The Fugitives (London, Weidenfeld &...

Sonja Broderick 0

Broderick, Sonja

Sonja Broderick was born in Listowel, Co Kerry, in 1971. Her first collection is The Things You Left Me With (Belfast, Lapwing Press, 2004). She lives in Listowel, Co Kerry. Sonja Broderick’s website Sonja...

Christine Broe 0

Broe, Christine

Christine Broe was born in Dublin in 1948. Her first collection is Solas Sólás (Dublin, Swan Press, 2003). Her poetry has received many awards, including the inaugural Brendan Kennelly/Sunday Tribune Prize in 2001, and...

Brophy, Catherine 0

Brophy, Catherine

Catherine Brophy was born in Dublin. Her novels are The Liberation of Margaret McCabe (Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1985); and Dark Paradise (Wolfhound, 1992). She has also been a script writer for the long-running RTÉ...

Christy Brown 0

Brown, Christy

Christy Brown was born in Crumlin, Dublin, in 1932. One of thirteen surviving children, he suffered from cerebral palsy and was considered mentally disabled until he famously snatched a piece of chalk from his...

Brown, Stephen 0

Brown, Stephen

Stephen Brown was born in Derry in 1972. His novels are Under the Devil Tree (Derry, Stephen Brown, 2004); The Green Book (Bucks., UK, White Leaf Press, 2009); His poetry is collected as The...

Corinne Browne 0

Browne, Corinne

Corinne de Laittre Browne, who writes under the name Corinne Browne, was born in 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her non-fiction includes Body Shop, Recovering from Vietnam (New York, Stein & Day 1971); Confessions of...

Colette Bryce 0

Bryce, Colette

Colette Bryce was born in Derry in 1970. Her collections are The Heel of Bernadette (London, Picador, 2000); The Full Indian Rope Trick (Picador, 2004), which was short-listed for the TS Eliot Award; The...

Lisa Burkitt 0

Burkitt, Lisa

Lisa Burkitt was born in the USA to Irish parents, and grew up in Donegal. Her debut novel is The Memory of Scent (Dublin/Gloucestershire, UK, The History Press, 2012). Her stories have been anthologised...

Sam Burnside 0

Burnside, Sam

Sam Burnside was born in Co Antrim. His long poem, Cathedral (Freehold Press, 1989), won The Sunday Tribune/Hennessey Award of that year. This was followed by Walking The Marshes (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry,...

Paddy Bushe 0

Bushe, Paddy

Paddy Bushe was born in Dublin in 1948. His poetry collections include Poems With Amergin (Dublin, Beaver Row Press, 1989); Teanga (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1990); Counsellor (Kerry, Sceilg Press, 1991); Digging Towards The...

Hubert Butler 0

Butler, Hubert

Hubert Butler was born in Kilkenny in 1900. He is recognized as the most distinctive Irish essayists, writing in the highest traditions of Swift and Shaw. His essays reflect his experiences in pre-war Eastern...

Mairead Byrne 0

Byrne, Mairéad

Mairéad Byrne was born in Dublin in 1957. Her poetry collections include Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), and Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Bray, Wild Honey Press 2003);...

Patricia Byrne 0

Byrne, Patricia

Patricia Byrne was born in Mayo. Her narrative nonfiction is The Veiled Woman of Achill (Cork, The Collins Press, 2012). Her debut collection of poetry is Unstable Time (Belfast, Lapwing Press, 2009). She is...

Trevor Byrne 0

Byrne, Trevor

Trevor Byrne was born in Dublin in 1981. His debut novel is Ghosts and Lightning (Edinburgh, Canongate/New York, Doubleday 2009). He is currently a tutor of creative writing at Glamorgan University. Trevor Byrne at...

Catherine Byron 0

Byron, Catherine

Catherine Byron was born in London of an English father and Irish mother in 1947 but grew up in Belfast from 1948. The Fat-Hen Field Hospital: Poems 1985-92 (Bristol, Loxwood Stoneleigh, 1993); Settlements &...