Michael Gambon was born in Cabra. He performed on stage for many years before moving on to film and television. He became a household name in 1986 for his role as the lead in The Singing Detective. Gambon’s fame reignited when he was cast as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series. More
Elif Shafak is Turkey’s most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She writes in both English and Turkish, and has published 14 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour, The Architect’s Apprentice and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk.
Joris Luyendijk is the author and “Het zijn net mensen: translated in English as “Hello Everybody” and his most recent book “ Swimming with Sharks: My Journey Into the World of the Bankers” in which he asks how, after the shaming they have endured since the crisis, “these people can live with themselves”.
Roisin Dwyer is Commissioning Editor at Hot Press magazine, contributor to Radio Nova’s Rock Report and general music, movies, books and culture fiend.
Professor Declan Kiberd is an Irish writer and scholar. He is known for his literary criticism of Irish literature in Irish and English, and his contributions to public cultural life.
Neel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014 and winner of the Encore award in 2015. He was also shortlisted for the DSC prize for South Asian literature in 2016.
Myles Dungan is an Irish broadcaster and author of books on 19th century Irish history, the American west and the Great War. He has presented many arts programmes on RTÉ Radio, and has also been a sports broadcaster on RTÉ Television.
Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Mayo. His latest novel, Solar Bones, has just been published by Tramp Press.
Joanna Walsh is a British writer who created and runs the Twitter hashtag #readwomen. Her acclaimed short-story collection, Vertigo was published internationally in 2016.
Jimmy is an Irish illustrator who has illustrated many books and for Irish publications.
Gerard Ryle is an Irish Australian investigative reporter who has written on subjects including politics, financial and medical scandals and police corruption.
Eithne is chief arts writer for Sunday Times Ireland. Presenter on TG4’s Ceol ar an Imeall. Contributor to RTE’s Arena.
Seamus O’Mahony is a consultant physician at Cork University Hospital. His book The Way We Die Now is published by Head of Zeus. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books.
Derek Landy is an Irish author and screenwriter of young adult and children’s’ books best known for the Skulduggery Pleasant and Demon Road series.
Declan Lynch is an Irish journalist, writer and playwright. Lynch was born in Athlone, Ireland, and now works for the Sunday Independent.
We give a warm welcome back to Declan Hughes who is an Irish novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He has been Writer-in-Association with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He has written a series of crime novels featuring the Irish-American detective Ed Loy.
Conor McPherson is an Irish playwright, writer and director, known for The Eclipse (2009), The Actors (2003) and I Went Down (1997).
Cathy Kelly is an Irish former journalist and writer of women’s fiction since 1997. She has gained international recognition with her popular fiction novels, which are published globally in many languages.
Bernie Kenny lives in Dalkey, Co. Dublin and holds and MA in Creative Writing (Poetry).
Bastian Obermayer is a German journalist for the investigative unit of the Munich-based newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and an author.
Barney Hoskyns is a British music critic and editorial director of the online music journalism archive Rock’s Backpages and author of among others, Waiting for the Sun, Hotel California and Across the Great Divide.
British/Canadian writer and director Shamim Sarif is an equally successful novelist (the Pendleton May First Novel Award, Betty Trask Award), screenwriter, and feature film director.
With her partner and producer on her films, Hanan Kattan, she runs Enlightenment Productions, based in London and their Canadian film company, SK Enlightenment Films.
She is also a founder of the Sarif-Kattan Foundation, focused on empowering and educating women and children.
Domini Kemp is an award-winning chef, food writer and entrepreneur and former food writer for the Irish Times. The Ketogenic Kitchen, co-written with Patricia Daly, is her fifth cookbook. The cookbook focuses on both low-carb and ketogenic recipes and came about following her cancer diagnoses in 2013. She also runs Alchemy Juice Co in Bt2, as well as Joe’s coffee, Hatch & Sons, Feast Catering and itsa.
Yo-Yo Yoga is yoga for everyone from tots to teens in the Dublin and Wicklow areas. Y-Yoga is yoga for the grown ups. Slower paced, mindful and relaxing.
Hanan Kattan is a Jordanian-born, British-based film producer of Palestinian origin. She is also co-owner of online marketing agency EBS Digital and multi-media entertainment company Enlightenment Productions.
Ferdia Mac Anna is a director, novelist, screenwriter and occasional rock and roller.
Vincent Browne is an Irish print and broadcast journalist. He is a columnist with The Irish Times and The Sunday Business Post.
David McWilliams is an Irish economist, writer, broadcaster and journalist. He is a faculty member of the Trinity College, Dublin business school.
After a 29 year hiatus Barry Devlin got back on the road with Horslips and continues to play. In addition, since the late 80s he has earned a crust from screenwriting for TV and the big screen.
Andrea was the first female presenter of ITV1’s flagship Sunday morning political programme when she presented ‘Sunday Edition’ from 2006 – 2008 interviewing world leaders and interrogating Britain’s top politicians.
Miriam O’Callaghan is an Irish television current affairs broadcaster, chat show host and radio presenter with RTE.
Kevin Barry is an Irish writer. He is the author of two collections of short stories, and the novel City of Bohane, which was the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His 2015 novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize
Dalkey Senior Librarian Carmel Kelly is also the author of children’s books. Her Leanbh Nua, Spidey and An Tolg Draiochta are charming stories designed to be accessible to readers of all levels of Irish.
Dalkey resident Gordon Snell is a famous author of children’s books and a scriptwriter.
Comedian, bestselling author and broadcaster, from the small Co. Cork village of Dripsey, Colm O’ Regan is most famous for his bestselling Books of Irish Mammies. Colm has a long and growing list of TV and Radio writing and performing credits.
Paul Murray is an Irish novelist, the author of the novels An Evening of Long Goodbyes, Skippy Dies and The Mark and the Void.
Aifric Campbell is a writer and former investment banker at Morgan Stanley and teaches Creative Writing at Imperial. Her latest novel On the Floor was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize.
Lia Mills is an Irish writer. She writes novels, short stories and literary non-fiction. She has also worked on several public art commissions and as an arts consultant.
Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She has had nine books published. Her latest book is About Sisterland, and is set in the near future in a world ruled by women. Designed to be perfect, it all goes horribly wrong.