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Authors at The Red Line Book Festival 2012

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is an Irish writer from Limerick. In 2007 he won the Rooney Prize for Literature for his short story collection There are Little Kingdoms. In 2011 he released his debut novel City of Bohane, which was followed in 2012 by his latest short story collection Dark Lies the Island. Barry spent much of his youth traveling, accumulating 17 addresses by the time he was 36. He lived variously in [Cork (city)|Cork]], Santa Barbara, Barcelona, Liverpool, before settling in Sligo, purchasing and renovating a run-down RIC barracks. The decision to settle down was driven primarily by the increasing difficulty in moving large quantities of books from house to house.

Tony Bates - Lunchtime @ The Civic Theatre

Dr Tony Bates is the founding director of Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health. A Clinical Psychologist by training he has more than 30 years’ experience. Tony is the resident psychologist on the Marian Finucane Radio show on RTE 1. He was an editor of A Vision for Change. He is an Irish Times columnist and author. His latest book “Coming through depression – a mindful approach to recovery” was launched in early 2012

Mark Billingham - Crime Night @ The Civic Theatre

Mark Billingham worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian. Sleepyhead, the first in the series of crime novels featuring London-based detective, Tom Thorne was published in 2001. The seventh novel in the series, Death Message, won the 2009 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. An acclaimed television series based on the Thorne novels was screened on Sky One in the autumn of 2010. Mark's latest book, a second standalone thriller called Rush of Blood, was published in August 2012. Mark lives in London with his wife and two children.

Dermot Bolger - Readers Day @ The Civic Theatre

Born in Dublin in 1959, Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers. This is his eleventh year to curate and present Reader’s Day and this autumn sees the publication of two new books, The Venice Suite: a Voyage Through Loss and The Fall of Ireland: A Novella. His ten novels include The Journey Home, Father’s Music, The Valparaiso Voyage, The Family on Paradise Pier and, most recently, A Second Life: A Renewed Novel and New Town Soul, a first crossover novel for adults and teenagers. His first play, The Lament for Arthur Cleary, received the Samuel Beckett Award; his acclaimed Ballymun Trilogy of plays has been staged in several countries. Earlier this year his new play, Tea Chests and Dreams, set in Tallaght, was staged in the Civic Theatre.

Declan Burke - Crime Night @ The Civic Theatre

Declan Burke has published four novels: Eightball Boogie (2003), The Big O (2007), Absolute Zero Cool (2011) and Slaughter’s Hound (2012). Absolute Zero Cool was shortlisted in the crime fiction section for the Irish Book Awards, and received the Goldsboro / Crimefest ‘Last Laugh’ Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012. He also is the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011), and the co-editor, with John Connolly, of Books to Die For (2012). He hosts a website dedicated to Irish crime fiction called Crime Always Pays.

Eileen Casey - Evening @ The Civic Theatre

Originally from the Midlands, Eileen Casey has been living in Tallaght since the late 1970s. Poet, fiction writer and journalist, she holds an M.Phil in Creative Writing from The School of English, Trinity College, Dublin. Her work is widely published in outlets such as The Moth, Verbal Arts Magazine, The Ulster Tatler, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Ireland Newsletter, Senior Times, The Irish Times, Ireland of the Welcomes, The Jelly Bucket (USA), The Coffee House (UK), among others. Recent awards include a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship and a Hennessy Literary Award. Her debut poetry collection ‘Drinking the Colour Blue’ (New Island) was published in 2008. ‘Reading Hieroglyphs in Unexpected Places’ and ‘From Bone to Blossom’ (supported by South Dublin Arts and County Offaly Arts) are collaborative works with Co. Offaly Visual Artist Emma Barone. ‘Snow Shoes’ (Arlen House), a debut collection of short stories was published in June, 2012, of which Deirdre Madden wrote; ‘Rooted in the quotidian – a supermarket, a travelling salesman, a couple on a beach holiday – but full of wisdom, humanity and sly humour.’ She was a visiting writer on the 2011 Eastern Kentucky University Winter Residency, in Lexington, Kentucky. She devised and edited a number of publications which include writers from all over South Dublin County, 'Under the Pyramid', 'Caught in Amber', 'Flavours of Home' and 'New Myths and Tales'.

John Connolly - Crime Night @ The Civic Theatre

John Connolly spent five years working for The Irish Times before embarking on a literary career as a crime writer. His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Ten other Charlie Parker novels have followed; the latest, The Wrath of Angels, was published in August 2012. Co-edited by John and Declan Burke, Books to Die For, an anthology in which famous crime writers champion their favourite novels, was also recently published. John Connolly lives in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the USA, where the Charlie Parker mysteries are set.

Catriona Crowe - TEDxTallaght @ The Victory Centre

Catriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is Manager of the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge over the last 4 years. She is an Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which published its seventh volume, covering the period 1941-45, in November 2010. She is editor of Dublin 1911, published by the Royal Irish Academy in late 2011.

She is Vice-President of the Irish Labour History Society, and a former President of the Women’s History Association. She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre and has created an award-winning website of Irish theatre productions.

Gerard Donovan - Readers Day @ The Civic Theatre

Gerard Donovan grew up in Galway and has lived in America in recent years. He is best known for his novels, Schopenhauer's Telescope (which was long listed for the Man Booker Prize, 2003 and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award in 2004), Doctor Salt and the best selling Julius Winsome, which has been published in many languages. Before publishing fiction he published three acclaimed poetry collections. In a rare Irish appearance, he talks to Dermot Bolger about his life and work.

Rachael Dowling

Rachael Dowling is a highly skilled practitioner in the arts of performance for film, theatre and television. Rachael's acting credits include roles in John Huston's film adaptation of James Joyce's short story The Dead; RTÉ drama The Treaty; and Edna O'Brien's successful stage adaptation of her acclaimed novel The Country Girls. Rachael has just completed a sold-out run of Green Street, a site specific play at the former Special Criminal Court on Green Street, for the Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival. As well as performing Rachael is an expert group facilitator, teacher, script advisor and creative consultant who has worked with a wide range of creative individuals, arts organisations and business groups.

Christine Dwyer-Hickey - Readers Day @ The Civic Theatre

Christine Dwyer Hickey is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. She is the author of the Dublin Trilogy, The Dancer, The Gambler and the Gatemaker (1995-2000) which spans three generations of a Dublin family from 1913-1956. Her bestselling novel Tatty was chosen as one of the 50 Irish Books of the Decade, longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award. Her novel Last Train from Liguriawas also a bestseller (Atlantic Books UK) and was nominated for the Prix L’Européen de Littérature. Her latest novel The Cold Eye of Heaven (Atlantic Books UK) has already received wide critical acclaim. She was shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Book of the Year, 2011 and won the Irish Kerry Group Book of the Year in June 2012.

Anne Enright - Readers Day @ The Civic Theatre

Born in Dublin, Anne Enright’s debut collection of short stories, The Portable Virgin in 1991, announced her as a major presence in Irish literature and received the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her novels include What Are You Like? which won the 2001 Encore Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award; The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch (2002) and The Gathering which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel is The Forgotten Waltz (2011) was short listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.

Lisa Fitzpatrick - Lunchtime @ The Civic Theatre

Jean Flitcroft - Schools Programme @ Clondalkin Library

Jean Flitcroft, born in 1964, lives in Dublin with her husband and three boys. She attended Holy Child School, Killiney and studied science in University College Dublin. On being awarded a Welcome Scholarship she went on to Magdalen College, Oxford University where she obtained her doctorate.

She started as a script writer for medical and scientific films and later became a travel writer when her obsession with travel won out. It was on these journeys around the world that she started writing books for children.

The Cryptid Files: Loch Ness is the first book of a series that covers the globe in pursuit of the weird and wonderful creatures of cryptozoology.

Catherine Fulvio - Lunchtime @ The Civic Theatre

Growing up on a working Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast while holding on to the apron strings of her mother, Catherine Fulvio (nee Byrne) was destined to dedicate her career to the hospitality industry. After leaving Tinakilly House as marketing manager Catherine returned to Ballyknocken to develop both the existing business and embark on a new career.

Having been raised on a traditional Irish Farm Guesthouse with parents who valued the importance of producing and growing their own ingredients this comes as no great surprise. Her mother was a committed foodie and developed a business based on her passion which Catherine continues today in four star Ballyknocken House and more recently internationally acclaimed Ballyknocken Cookery School.

Today Catherine continues to enjoy what has become a labour of love at Ballyknocken, which is still also a genuine 350-acre working sheep farm, run by Catherine’s father and siblings, as well as being home to a charming Victorian Guesthouse and award winning cookery school. Catherine has firmly established herself as a familiar face on TV screens both at home and abroad and is an established food writer and author, she is currently researching her second book.

With her background it is not surprising that Catherine puts much emphasis on provenance of food and her food philosophy is deeply rooted in local and seasonal produce which is strongly reflected both in her TV appearances, her writing as a food author as well as the food served both at Ballyknocken House and the ingredients used in the Cookery School.

On a more personal level, when not working, Catherine is a dotting mother of two, her family has been at Ballyknocken for almost 100 years while husband, Claudio, hails from Palermo, Sicily.

Maureen Gaffney - TEDxTallaght @ The Victory Centre

Maureen Gaffney is one of Ireland's most respected, trusted and well-liked commentators on everything from personal development to organisational, cultural and societal change. A clinical psychologist by profession, Dr Maureen Gaffney worked for many years in Trinity College Dublin as Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.

Over the past ten years she has divided her time between her own consultancy business and a number of state and other boards. She works with companies on developing programmes of leadership and emotional intelligence; managing diversity, change and transitions; and offers a programme of Executive Coaching.

She has worked with companies in Ireland, the UK, Israel, and the US. Drawing on her vast experience of working with people and organisations, and on a fascinating body of recent research, Maureen Gaffney has written a gripping, stimulating and inspiring manifesto on how to flourish and why we need to. The book is called Flourishing and is published by Penguin.

Cathal Garvey - TEDxTallaght @ The Victory Centre

Cathal Garvey is a Cork-based biohacker. He describes the international DIYBio movement as being somewhat like the revolution that saw the birth of home computers.

A micro-biologist and self-styled ‘bio-hacker’, Garvey is part of a network of DIY molecular biologists who are attempting to take back the technology from the big boys (eg bio-tech companies and universities) and make it open-source so that anyone can use the technology as a source for good.

“Computers used to exist in white-room labs and anyone who wanted to interact with this mainframe computer, which was imagined to be far too complex to take out of a lab, had to wear a lab coat, gloves and sometimes a breathing mask,” he says. “Then this garage revolution just turned it on its head – everyone had a computer, had that power, and now the internet is effectively dissolving every layer of society and building it from the ground up.

“Ultimately, computers are made of sand, and if we can do that much with sand and we are now starting to do the same thing with the bounty of nature, the implications are hard to predict, but they can’t be small.”

Spaces for biohacking – literally, hacking solutions together in biology – are springing up in the US and Europe, says Garvey. He describes how people can get into relatively simple experiments such as inserting DNA into bacteria in a way that makes colonies fluoresce bright green under a blue light.

taken from Irish Times Article by Claire O'Connell

Read New York Times Article on Garvey by Ritchie S. King

Shauna Gilligan

Shauna is a novelist and short story writer originally from Templeogue, now living in County Kildare with her husband, young family and Lucky the cat. She is a regular volunteer at Fighting Words, a creative writing centre in Dublin and teaches novel writing at NUI Maynooth. Her fiction has been published widely and she has given public readings of her fiction in Ireland, Germany and USA, most recently at the West Cork Literary Festival. In 2012 she was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Award from Kildare County Council through the Arts Act Grants Scheme. Happiness Comes From Nowhere is her first Novel.

Book Club Get-Togher - Clondalkin Library

Sue Hassett

Writing is Sue Hassett's second career, her first was as a social enterpreneur and social researcher. Based in RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Sue is currently working on a novel entitled Acquittances 123 which explores, in a fictionalised narrative, her own childhood in an Irish family of diverse cultural origin. In her work Sue is concerned with the self in society and in relationship to the natural world. Re(A)d Line Writing is a collaborative performance of written work by writers and other artists based in and around RUA RED and was originated by Sue.

President Michael D. Higgins - Poet - Readers Day @ The Civic Theatre

Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland in November 2011. A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, Michael D. Higgins has previously served at almost every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

Declan Hughes - Crime Night @ The Civic Theatre

Declan Hughes is the author of the Ed Loy PI series; The Wrong Kind of Blood; The Colour of Blood; The Dying Breed (US: The Price of Blood); All the Dead Voices and City of Lost Girls. His books have been nominated for the Edgar, CWA New Blood Dagger, Shamus and Macavity awards, and The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus for Best First PI Novel. Declan is also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, and the co-founder of Dublin's Rough Magic Theatre Company. Declan lives with his wife and two daughters by the sea in South County Dublin.

John Jones - Exhibiting @ The County Library, Tallaght

We Exercise the Power is comprised of 100 watercolour paintings by John Jones of 100 books by 100 author's who have at one time or another been banned in Ireland throughout the last century. The project will be visiting The County Library, Tallaght from November 5th - 16th, showing a selection of works from the series.

Colm Keegan - Evening @ The Civic Theatre

Colm Keegan writes poetry, short stories and screenplays. He has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award (for both poetry and fiction) and the International Seán Ó'Faoláin Short Story Competition. He won the All Ireland Slam Poetry Championship in 2010. Colm's debut collection, 'Don't Go There' was recently published by Salmon Poetry.

Adrian Kenny - Readers Day @ The Civic Theatre

Adrian Kenny was born in Dublin in 1945. His books include Before The Wax Hardened, Istanbul Diary and The Family Business. His new book of stories, Portobello Notebook, have been written over the past thirty years during which he had lived in this part of Dublin. These short and deeply human anecdotes form a greater story – of one man’s life in one place. Disappointment, happiness, uncertainty lead to the realization that this place has become – what the author had always thought was elsewhere – his home.

Michael Keyes - Speaker @ Speaker

Michael keyes completed a PhD in history from NUI Maynooth in 2009. His main research interests are in the area of political funding in nineteenth century Ireland and his book Funding the nation: Money and nationalist politics in nineteenth centry Ireland was published in 2011. Michael now works for South Dublin County Libraries.

Paul Lee - TEDxTallaght @ The Victory Centre

Paul Lee is a veritable evangelist for Google SketchUp, a free low cost powerful 3D modelling platform. Lee joined Nexus Cork, a technology enthusiasts or “Hacker” group, dedicated to the cause of spreading free technology and information to a wider audience.

In 2011, he started to contribute to Coderdojo as a mentor in 3D printing, programming and digital modelling.

With Alan O’Brien, he started Viewsion Virtual Environments- Ireland's only Google SketchUp Authorised Training Centre. Together they have taught students and professionals from ages 10 to 90 how to use SketchUp to achieve solutions to the problems of rapid design and tecnhical communication.

Paul Lee has lectured in The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Dublin; St. John's Central College, Cork; Crawford School of Art, Cork; 3D Barcamp, Limerick; The Rubicon Centre, CIT; 3D Basecamp 2010, Boulder, Colorado.

Oisín McGann - Schools Programme @ The County Library, Tallaght

Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.

In 1992 he dropped out of college to set himself up as a freelance illustrator/artist, serving the publishing and design industries. In 1997, he took up a position as Background Layout Designer for Fred Wolf films, working on the animated series of Zorro. After completing his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London in February 1998 to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals.

In January 1999, he joined the M&M Consultancy, a small advertising and design firm, as art director and soon expanded into copy writing. After three and a half years of working in advertising he became increasingly concerned for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland in the summer of 2002 much as he had left – with no job, no home and some meagre savings. He set himself up as a freelance illustrator once more, before getting his first books published in 2003.

Oisin now works full-time as a writer and illustrator. He lives somewhere in the Irish countryside, where he won’t be heard shouting at his computer.

Ferdia MacAnna - Readers Day @ The Civic Theatre

Ferdia Mac Anna toured Ireland as lead singer and songwriter with Rocky De Valera and the Gravediggers, and later, The Rhythm Kings, before going on to write his ground-breaking memoir of surviving cancer, Bald Head, and three acclaimed novels – the first of which, The Last of the High Kings, which is being re-issued in New Island’s “Irish Classic Irish Fiction” series. He will read from his acclaimed memoir, The Rocky Years.

Stephen Mooney - Schools Programme @ The Civic Theatre

Stephen Mooney has been working as a professional artist for the last 10 years in Comic Books, Video Games and Animation. His past credits include a fan-favourite run on IDW’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic books including Angel and Spike. Stephen also drew IDW’s A-Team and CSI series as well as the Teen Wolf graphic novel which accompanied the new TV series for MTV and Image Comics. Recently Mooney has been focusing on writing and drawing his own series HALF PAST DANGER, due in stores worldwide in 2013.

Sean Moncrieff - Readers Day @ The Civic Theatre

Sean Moncrieff is the author of three novels, Dublin, The History of Things and The Angel of the Street Lamps which has just been published. Outside of fiction, he is well known for hosting his own popular daytime radio show, Moncrieff on Newstalk 106-108 FM and for presenting numerous television shows such as The End, Good Grief Moncrieff, Black Box and Don’t Feed the Gondolas. He is also the author of God: A User’s Guide.

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His first novel, Dublin was published in 2001 by Doubleday and reached the Irish bestseller lists. This was followed by the non-fiction titles Stark Raving Rulers: twenty minor despots of the twenty-first century (2004), God: a User's Guide' (2006) and a second novel The History of Things (2007). Sean's latest novel, Angel of the Streetlamps, will be published by New Island in October 2012.

Niamh O'Connor - Crime Night @ The Civic Theatre

Niamh O'Connor is a crime reporter with the Sunday World, Ireland's biggest selling Sunday newspaper, for whom she has written five true crime books. Her job, in which she interviews both high profile criminals and their victims gives her a unique insight into the world she is writing about. Since 2011, she has turned to writing crime fiction and thus far has written three novels in the DI Jo Birmingham series. The first, If I Never See You Again was nominated for an Irish Book Award and the latest, Too Close for Comfort was published in June 2012.

Vanessa O'Loughlin - Afternoon @ The County Library, Tallaght

Vanessa O'Loughlin has recently developed the national writing resources website with support from the Arts Council. It is a free online magazine packed full of information for writers of all genres. She is on the board of Irish PEN and is represented by Curtis Brown, London.

In 2007 she contributed to the best selling anthology Mums the Word, and in 2010 edited and compiled The Big Book of Hope, an eclectic collection of fiction and nonfiction from over 40 of Ireland’s best selling authors, media personalities, politicians and business gurus.

Vanessa writes crime under the pen name Sam Blake and has her own website .

Vanessa is a regular presenter at literary festivals around the country including The Dublin Book Festival , Waterford Writers Festival, The Dalkey Book Festival, Boyne Writers Festival and the Mountains to Sea Festival and now The Red Line Book Festival giving her own comprehensive and inspirational Start Writing and Getting Published workshops. Through these workshops Vanessa has been able to provide invaluable advice to new authors, and place several writers with agents.

Louise Phillips - Evening @ The Civic Theatre

Born in Dublin, Louise Phillips began writing in 2006 when her youngest son turned thirteen. Since then she has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. Louise won the Jonathan Swift Award for her short story 'Last Kiss', and was a winner in the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice Platform, short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for RTE Guide/Penguin short story competition. In 2012, she was awarded an arts bursary for literature from South County Dublin Arts Council.

Louise’s psychological crime novel, Red Ribbons, will be published by Hachette Books Ireland in September 2012, and her second novel, The Doll’s House, will be published in 2013.

Launching this new voice in crime, Ciara Doorley, Editorial Director of Hachette Books Ireland, says of Louise. ‘With overtones of Sophie Hannah and Tana French, Louise is a supremely talented writer. She subconsciously creates parallels between her characters, and this really challenges the reader. Her writing is tense, atmospheric and we’re really excited to be launching a new voice in Irish crime.’

Michael Rossney - TEDxTallaght @ The Victory Centre

Michael Rossney lost an incredible three stone (42lbs) in three months. Therefore he knows that the three stone in three month weight loss process is both possible for most people and safe. Since he has lost the weight he has run numerous marathons, Mara-cycles and triathlons (including Ironman.) After his own transformation, Michael has gone on to coach thousands of clients to lose weight rapidly, run their first marathon etc. He has 15 years worth of experience coaching, training and teaching within the fitness industry. He has been a coach to teenagers, business leaders & executives, athletes and corporate teams both in Ireland and internationally.

When he started working in the fitness industry he was initially frustrated because some of the clients would make changes and get startling results while others never even really got started after their initial consultation. He decided to study in depth how the human mind works (through NLP) in order to motivate people to get results. He developed his motivational skills by qualifying as a life coach and NLP practitioner but primarily through his experience in working with the Anthony Robbins Foundation in London. Michael has led leadership development and personal development workshops in London, Belarus, Bosnia and Georgia.

Fiachra Sheridan - Schools Programme @ The Civic Theatre & Clondalkin Library

Fiachra Sheridan is the author of the ‘The Runners’ which follows the adventures of Bobby and his best friend Jay in Dublin’s North Inner City in the 1980’s and was influenced by Fiachra’s own childhood growing up there. Fiachra now works as a Maths teacher and is father to two boys Xabi and Julen. When he is not busy looking after the boys, cycling up Howth head, running in the park and swimming – he may find some time for writing! 

Paul Smith - TEDxTallaght @ The Victory Centre

PR Smith is the founder of The Great Sportsmanship Programme, which changes the lives of young people by simply inspiring them with true, two minute stories about sportsmanship. Paul is also the author of Great Moments Of Sportsmanship as well as a series of popular marketing text books in the UK.

Paul’s sportsmanship stories address ethical values in the field of sport (and life). Values deemed boring by youths but exciting in the context of sport. Paul’s BBC & RTE radio interviews reveal the type of stories. The Great Sportsmanship Programme targets primarily schools, clubs and communities in Ireland, England and the UAE. The video, 'Anyone For Olympism - the real Olympic dream?', explains all. This flexible ‘edutainment’ programme includes the book and ebook and busy facebook and twitter platforms. The ‘user-generated–content’ is developed and used in subsequent editions – which effectively means that the next book will be written by young people for young people.

Paul’s five marketing books are translated into seven languages and his SOSTAC® Planning System (listed by the Chart. Inst. of Marketing as one of the top 3 Business Models in the world) is now published as a hybrid eBook. Paul runs digital marketing workshops for the Marketing Inst and the Irish Mngt Inst. He received his MBA from City University London and his B.Sc. (mngt) from D.I.T. He is a Fellow of the Chart. Inst. of Marketing and a member of The Marketing Inst.(Irl). Born in Dublin, he lives in London and is married with three children.                             

Stephen James Smith - Schools Programme @ The Civic Theatre

Stephen James Smith at is not only an award winning poet and playwright but also a former Cúirt Literary Grand Slam Champion. He has performed at numerous literary festivals including the Dublin Writer’s Festival, the Electric Picnic and international festivals in New York, Poland and Slovenia.

Jo Verrent - TEDxTallaght @ The Victory Centre

Jo Verrent works as a diversity trainer, consultant and project manager in the UK cultural sector Her work is about seeking to reframe the perception of diversity, through myriad events and opportunities – speaking, training, writing, curating, researching and reporting.

Most of her work focuses on diversity and equality – two things which she is passionate about. Not because they are just ‘a good thing’ or because there is a law which says people should pay attention to them, but because she thinks they are the key to transforming the way the cultural sector works.

Placing equality and diversity at the centre of arts organisations, venues, programmes and policies means that more people can become involved in work which is simply more dynamic, effective and life enhancing.

Jo currently running PUSH ME - a groundbreaking film project reframing the work of artists for The Space ( ) and Sync – a leadership development programme focusing on the interface between disability and leadership -

Sarah Webb - Schools Programme @ The County Library, Tallaght

Sarah Webb has written ten bestselling novels including Always the Bridesmaid, Anything for Love, The Loving Kind and The Shoestring Club (UK, Sept 2012). Her books have been published in many different countries including the US, Australia and Indonesia. She has also written many children’s books, has contributed short stories to several collections including Moments, and has compiled and edited two charity collections of her own, Travelling Light and Mum’s the Word.

She writes a hugely popular series for readers of age 10+, Ask Amy Green. The latest book in the series is Love and Other Drama-Ramas (book 4). The series has been translated into Polish and Italian and is also published in the US. The books have also been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Award and the Irish Book Awards.

Sarah worked in the book trade for many years as a children’s bookseller and buyer. She now combines writing with schools visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals and reviewing children’s books for the Irish Independent. She also programmes literary events and is on the board of Children’s Books Ireland.

She lives in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with her partner and three children and spends as much time as possible in Castletownshend, West Cork.