Amanda Bell, by Patrick Redmond

Bell, Amanda

Amanda Bell was born in Dublin in 1968. Her collections are Undercurrents (Uxbridge, UK, Alba Publishing, 2016), which is a psychogeography of Irish rivers in […]

Julian Gough

Gough, Julian

Julian Gough was born to Irish parents in 1966 in London, and grew up in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. His novels for adults are Juno & […]

McCabe, Patrick

Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, Co Monaghan in 1955. He has published a children’s story, The Adventures of Shay Mouse (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, […]

Catherine Ann Cullen

Cullen, Catherine Ann

Catherine Ann Cullen was born in Drogheda, Co Louth. Her poetry collections are A Bone in My Throat (Tralee, Doghouse Books, 2007); and Strange Familiar […]

Sad Song Vincent Banville

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 […]

Sebastian Barry

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 […]

Colin Bateman

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 […]

Mary Beckett

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 […]

Pat Boran

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 […]

John Boyne

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. […]

Philip Casey

Casey, Philip

Philip Casey was born to Irish parents in London in 1950 and grew up in Co Wexford. In 2014, he founded his own label, eMaker […]

Eoin Colfer

Colfer, Eoin

Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford in 1965. His books are Benny & Omar (Dublin, The O’Brien Press 1990); Ed’s Funny Feet (O’Brien, 2000); Ed’s […]

June Considine

Considine, June

June Considine is the author of twelve books for pre-teens and young adults. These include the best-selling trilogy, When the Luvenders Came to Merrick Town, […]

Carmen Cullen

Cullen, Carmen

Carmen Cullen was born in Tipperary in 1950. She has published Class Acts (plays for schools, Dublin, Folens, 1994); Sky of Kites, Poetry for Children […]

Ita Daly

Daly, Ita

Ita Daly short stories are collected as The Lady with the Red Shoes (Dublin, Poolebeg, 1980). Her novels include Ellen (London, Jonathan Cape, 1986); A […]

Patrick Deeley

Deeley, Patrick

Patrick Deeley was born in Galway in 1953. His collections are Intimate Strangers (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1986); Names for Love (The Dedalus Press, 1990); […]

Roger Derham

Derham, Roger

Roger Derham was born in Dublin in 1956. His novels are The Simurgh and the Nightingale (Cork, The Collins Press, 2001); When Twilight Comes (Galway, […]

Eilís Dillon

Dillon, Eilís

Eilís Dillon was born in Galway on 7 March 1920. Educated at the Ursuline Convent in Sligo, she married in 1940 and moved to Cork. […]

Roddy Doyle

Doyle, Roddy

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. His novels are The Commitments, (originally published in Dublin by King Farouk, thereafter London, Secker & Warburg, […]

Rose Doyle

Doyle, Rose

Rose Doyle was born in Dublin. Her novels are Images (Dublin, Poolebeg, 1993); Kimbay (Dublin, Town and Country/London, MacMillan, 1994); Alva (MacMillan, 1996); Perfectly Natural […]

Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Fitzmaurice, Gabriel

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in Moyvane, Co Kerry, in 1952. A former Chair and Literary Advisor of Writers’ Week, the Writers’ Conference in Listowel, Co. […]

Aisling Foster

Foster, Aisling

Aisling Foster was born in Dublin in 1949. Her novels are The First Time London, Walker Books, 1988 [for older children]); and Safe in the […]

Friel, Maeve

Maeve Friel was born in Derry in 1950. A prolific writer for children, The books in her Witch in Training series are Witch in Training […]

Carlo Gébler

Gébler, Carlo

Carlo Gébler was born to the writers Edna O’Brien and Ernest Gébler in Dublin in 1954. He moved to London with his mother in 1958. […]

Irish Sagas and Folktales

O’Faolain, Eileen

Eileen O’Faolain, née Gould, was born in Cork in 1902. She married Sean O’Faolain in 1927. Her children’s books include The Little Black Hen (New […]

Pat Ingoldsby

Ingoldsby, Pat

Pat Ingoldsby was born in Dublin in 1942. Widely broadcast on TV, Radio, since the mid-1990s he has self-published and sold his work on the […]

James Joyce

Joyce, James

James Joyce was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. His poetry includes Chamber Music (London, Elkin Mathews, 1907); Pomes Pennyeach (Paris, Shakespheare & Company, […]

Conor Kostick

Kostick, Conor

Conor Kostick is an historian and a writer of fiction for children and young adults. His fictional works are Epic (Dublin, O’Brien, 2004); Saga (O’Brien, […]

C.S. Lewis

Lewis, C.S.

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. His poetry includes Spirits in Bondage ([psued. Clive Hamilton,] 1919); Dymer (London, J. M. Dent/New York, […]

Liam Mac Uistin

Mac Uistin, Liam

Liam Mac Uistin was born in Dublin in 1938. His published work includes the novels Esperanza and Dordd (Báile Átha Cliath, Clóchomhar, 1994), for which […]

Terry McDonagh

McDonagh, Terry

Terry McDonagh was born in Cill Aodáin, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo in 1946. His plays include The Dark Side of a Dream; Anything for a Fiver; […]

Michael McLaverty

McLaverty, Michael

Michael McLaverty was born in July, 1904, at Carrrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, and was partly raised on Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim, before moving to Belfast, where […]

Eoin McNamee

McNamee, Eoin

Eoin McNamee was born in Kilkeel, Co Down, in 1961. He has written two novellas, The Last of Deeds, (Raven Arts Press, Dublin),which was shortlisted […]

Walter Macken

Macken, Walter

Walter Macken was born on May 3rd, 1915, in Galway. Originally an actor, principally with the Tadhbhearc in Galway, and The Abbey Theatre, he played […]

Deirdre Madden

Madden, Deirdre

Deirdre Madden was born in 1960 in County Antrim. Her novels include Hidden Symptoms (London, Faber & Faber, 1988; USA, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987); The […]

Mulkerns, Val

Val Mulkerns was born in Dublin in 1925. Her novels include A Time Outworn (London, Chatto and Windus, 1951/New York,The Devin-Adair Company, 1952); A Peacock […]

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Ní Dhuibhne, Éilís

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne was born in Dublin in 1954. Her novels are The Bray House (Dublin, Attic Press, 1990); Singles (Dublin, Attic Press, 1992); The […]

Áine Ní Ghlinn

Ní Ghlinn, Áine

Áine Ní Ghlinn was born in Co Tipperary in 1955. She has published three collections: An Chéim Bhriste (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1984); Gardín Pharthais […]

Julie O'Callaghan

O’Callaghan, Julie

Julie O’Callaghan was born in Chicago in 1954. Her collections of poetry for adults include Edible Anecdotes (Mountrath, Dolmen, 1983), which was a Poetry Book […]

Tommy Frank O'Connor

O’Connor, Tommy Frank

Tommy Frank O’Connor was born in Currow, Tralee, Co Kerry in 1944. His novel is The Poacher’s Apprentice (Dublin, Marino, 1997). His poems are collected […]

Siobhán Parkinson

Parkinson, Siobhán

Siobhán Parkinson was born in 1954 in Dublin but grew up in Galway and Donegal. Her books for children include The Leprechaun Who Wished He […]

Gabriel Rosenstock

Rosenstock, Gabriel

Gabriel Rosenstock was born in Kilfinane, Co Limerick in 1949. He writes primarily in Irish and is the author or translator of over one hundred […]

Jack Scoltock

Scoltock, Jack

Jack Scoltock was born in Derry in 1942. His novels for children are Quest Of The Royal Twins (Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1988); Rumble In The […]

sweeney m la coupole

Sweeney, Matthew

Matthew Sweeney was born in Co Donegal in 1952. His poetry collections include A Dream of Maps (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1981); A Round House […]

Kate Thompson

Thompson, Kate

Kate Thompson was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1956. She has published one collection of poetry, There is Something (USA, The Signpost Press/Galway, Salmon Poetry, […]

Shaun Traynor

Traynor, Shaun

Shaun Traynor was born in Aghadowey, County Derry, in 1941. His poetry collections include The Hardening Ground (London, Martin, Brian & O’Keeffe, 1974); and Images […]

William Wall

Wall, William

William Wall was born in Cork in 1955. His poetry collections are Mathematics & Other Poems* (Collins Press 1997), which won The Patrick Kavanagh Award […]

Grace Wells

Wells, Grace

Grace Wells was born in London in 1968. Her books for children include Gyrfalcon (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 2002), which won won the Eilis Dillon Best […]

Gerard Whelan

Whelan, Gerard

Gerard Whelan was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. He is the author of several books for children and is a multiple award-winner. The Guns of […]

Oscar Wilde, portrait by Napoleon Sarony

Wilde, Oscar

Oscar Wilde was born in Westland Row, Dublin on October 16th, 1854 to an eminent surgeon, William Wilde and the famous nationalist poet, Lady Jane […]

Enda Wiley

Wyley, Enda

Enda Wyley was born in Dublin in 1966. Her collections are Eating Baby Jesus (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1993); Socrates In the Garden (The Dedalus […]