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Anabbel Abbs won the 2015 Impress Prize for New Writers for The Joyce Girl.

Rory Brennan has published three collections of poetry, and has worked as Director of Poetry Ireland and as a Lecturer in Communications in Dublin City University. Carolann Copland is the Director of Carousel Creates. Sinéad Fitzgibbon is a UK-based author, critic and short-story writer. Several of her short history books have been published as part of the best-selling History in an Hour series. Eleanor Fitzsimons is a researcher, writer and journalist specialising in historical and current feminist issues. John Gibney is Education Officer at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Joseph Horgan is a poet, writer and journalist. Tom Kennedy is former editor of Technology Ireland, founding editor of Science Spin magazine, founder of the Source Photographic Archives and a member of the Irish Science and Technology Journalists’ Association. Sue Leonard is a freelance journalist, writer and ghostwriter who also writes the Beginner’s Pluck book column for The Irish Examiner. Una MacConville is publishing manager of Books Ireland. Alissa MacMillan is a former features reporter for the New York Daily News, currently a freelance writer and postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at the University of Antwerp, living in County Limerick. Liz Maguire is an Irish-American university student studying Literature and Creative Writing, who divides her time between Dublin and Washington DC. Jane Mitchell is an award-winning writer of books for children and young people, based in Ireland. Ronan Moore is the author of Irishology (Gill Books). Hiram Morgan lectures in history at the National Univrsity of Ireland, Cork. Annemarie Neary is the author of Siren (Hutchinson) which will be available as a Windmill paperback in February. The Orphans will be published by Hutchinson in June. Billy O’Callaghan’s novel The Dead House will be published by Brandon Books in spring 2017. He is currently working on a new collection of short stories. Paula O’Hare is a public sector lawyer who likes detective novels. Hugh Oram is a Dublin-based author, journalist and broadcaster specialising in historical and documentary topics. Cathal Póirtéir is a writer and broadcaster who has published several books and CDs on Irish folklore, social history and literature in Irish. Marjorie Quarton is an independent writer whose books include Breakfast the Night Before and Corporal Jack: a Dog’s Life in the First World War. Síne Quinn is a writing coordinator for the Bookmarks Programme at TCD and a campaign coordinator for College Awareness Week.


Opinion 7 Billy O’Callaghan on why winning a book award didn’t matter.

Book notes 8 Tony Canavan with the latest news from the world of books.

13 Una MacConville reports on a selfpublishing conference.

Competition winner 14 Patricia McAdoo’s winning entry: ‘In the Event of an Emergency’.

Features 18 Jane Mitchell on A Dangerous Crossing, the story of a young Kurdish boy fleeing the Syrian civil war.

20 Joseph Horgan talks to the people behind the Doire and New Binary Presses.

21 Alissa MacMillan finds out how writing groups help authors.

25 Carolann Copland on the inaugural CAP awards for independent authors.

Book focus 22 Ronan Moore tells how a conversation with his brother led to Irishology.

23 Annabel Abbs on writing The Joyce girl.

Behind the screen 24 Tony Canavan can’t help but laugh at Spike Milligan’s Puckoon.


Books Ireland January/February 2017

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