He was born in Dublin. He is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea, Redemption Falls, Ghost Light and The Thrill of it All, as well as two collections of short stories, True Believers and Where Have You Been?, and a number of bestselling works of non-fiction. He has also written radio diaries, film scrips and stage-plays including the multiple award-winning Red Roses and Petrol and an acclaimed adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel My Cousin Rachel.
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald works in the University of Limerick and chairs Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She specialises in developing creative and effective learning environments and in supporting effective teaching. She has written many non-fiction books on related topics. In addition to this, she has always been a writer of fiction. Her first novel, Back to Blackbrick, was published in 2013 by Orion Children’s Books. Her second, The Apple Tart of Hope, came out in June 2014.
He was born in 1967 and spent his youth in Africa. Between 1990 and 2006 he worked as a journalist on the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. In 1998 he published The Last King of Scotland, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was later made into a feature film. The author of three other novels and also a work of narrative non-fiction, he was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2007. He lives in Norfolk.
Tipperary-born Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart is a first novel that has not only stunned critics, and launched the new Doubleday Ireland imprint in a unique collaboration with The Lilliput Press, but won Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2012. In incredibly exciting news, The Spinning Heart has also been longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
Dr. Carrie Griffin runs The Ogham Stone course and helps the master’s students create a prestigious literary magazine. She received her doctorate from University College Cork in 2006. Her research centred on the 34 late-medieval manuscripts containing the text known as the Wise Book of Philosophy and Astronomy, and was funded by an Arts Faculty fellowship. She joined the University of Limerick as a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature in 2015.