Bernie Sanders revolutionised American politics. Sanders was a 2016 presidential candidate and is the longest serving independent in U.S. congressional history. Many believe he would have beaten Trump
Lenny Abrahamson is a film and television director, best known for his films Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did, Frank and the Oscar-winning Room.
Louis de Bernières is a British award winning novelist perhaps most famous for his fourth novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, an international bestseller. His latest novel is The Dust that Falls from Dreams.
Han Yujoo is a novelist who was born in Seoul, and in 2003 she made her literary debut by winning the new writer’s award from Literature and Society. She has published the short story collections and a novel The Impossible Fairytale.
Marlon James is a multi-award winning Jamaican novelist and creative writing teacher whose most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
Catherine Mayer is an American-born British author and journalist, and the co-founder, with Sandy Toksvig, of the Women’s Equality Party in the UK. She recently published Attack of the 50 Ft. Women: How Gender Equality Can Save The World.
Mariella Frostrup was born in Norway and spent 10 years of her childhood in Co. Wicklow before moving to the UK. She is a journalist, TV presenter and respected art critic who has sat on many literary judging panels.
Billy Bragg is a singer songwriter and political activist who has been inspiring people to change the world for over 25 years.
Sebastian Barry, playwright, novelist and poet, grew up in Dalkey. Two of his novels were short-listed for the Man Booker prize and he is the first novelist to win the prestigious Costa award for best novel twice.
Seema Anand is a London based mythologist, storyteller, and doctor of Narrative Practices specialising in women’s narratives. Her work on the revival and reproduction of oral literature from India is associated with the UNESCO project for Endangered Oral Traditions.
Miriam O’Callaghan is an Irish television current affairs broadcaster, chat show host and radio presenter with RTE.
Mehreen Khan is a Financial Times reporter with fastFT in London. She writes about finance and economics and was previously a business reporter at The Telegraph.
Jana Bakunina is a journalist and has been published by New Stateman, The Spectator, Huffington Post and Pulse UK. Her interviews with inspiring women are published on Ladies Who Impress.
Dalkey resident and Oscar-winning film director who has won many awards for his films, for many of which he wrote the screenplay. He is also an award-winning novelist whose latest book, his eighth, is Carnivalesque.
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is author of Island People:The Caribbean and the World. His work has appeared in The New York Review and many other publications.
Olivia O’Leary is an Irish journalist, writer and current affairs presenter, as well as a much-admired and well-known political analyst.
Michael Breen is an English author, consultant and journalist covering North and South Korea.
Patrick Geoghegan is professor of modern history at Trinity College Dublin and presenter of the “Talking History” show on Newstalk.
Jennifer O’Connell writes a weekly column in the Irish Times. She regularly contributes to programmes on Today FM, Newstalk, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ TV.
Comedian, bestselling author and broadcaster, Colm O’Regan has stood up and made people laugh all over the world. Colm’s debut book Isn’t It Well For Ye, The Book Of Irish Mammies is already a bestseller and was nominated for an Irish book award.
Karl Spain is a comedian and writer. He has performed stand up on television all over the world. Apart from his own RTE series Karl is a resident writer for Republic of Telly and for countless other comedians.
PJ Gallagher is one of Ireland’s best-loved comedians. He is most widely known for the huge success of many characters in the hilarious and sometimes outrageous hit TV show Naked Camera.
David O’Doherty is an Irish comedian, author, musician, actor and playwright. His stand-up has won many international awards including the if.comedy award in 2008 and Best International Comedian at the 2014 Sydney Comedy Festival.
Neil Faulkner is a British archaeologist, historian, writer, lecturer, broadcaster, and political activist. He has published many books; A People’s History of the Russian Revolution is his most recent.
Dave Randall is a guitarist, producer and composer. He has also contributed to multi-million selling Grammy award albums working with Dido, Sinead O’Connor, Faithless and many more. He recently published Sound System: The Political Power of Music.
Mark Little is an Irish journalist, television presenter, author and founder of social media news agency Storyful.
Paddy Cullivan of Callan’s kicks and the Late Late Show is also a composer, MC and political satirist . A man of many parts.
Rowan Somerville was born in the West End of London. He has worked in film, television and radio. He is the author of three novels, The End of Sleep and The Shape of Her and Beat: A Suicide Bomber and a Heart.
Mark O’Connell is author of To Be a Machine and his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Observer, and The Independent.
Jane Casey is a best selling writer. Her first book The Missing and eighth book The Kill were both short listed for the Ireland AM Crime fiction Award.
Alan Amsby recently published his autobiography: Mr Pussy: Before I Forget to Remember. Born in London, he was a female impersonator, often hailed as Ireland’s “most misleading lady”
Kerrie O’ Brien has been published in various national and international journals. Her debut collection of poetry Illuminate was chosen as New Statesman and Irish Independent Books of the Year.
Too long to list here, Nick Dunning, Dalkey resident, has appeared in many plays at the Abbey and the Gate theatre as well as in film and on television, recently in The Tudors as Sir Thomas Boleyn and he has won many awards.
R.M. Clarke was born in Dublin. She is a writer, actress and much sought after voice over artist. An excerpt from her first novel, The Glass Door, won the Discovery Event at the Dalkey Book Festival and was winner in the Irish Writers Centre Greenbean Novel Fair 2016.
Sally Rooney was born in the west of Ireland in 1991. She studied English at Trinity College, Dublin, and her writing has been featured in The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, and Granta. Her first novel, Conversations with Friends has just been published.
John Boyne has published nine novels and five books for younger readers which include The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which was a New York Times no. 1 bestseller. His latest novel is The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist and radio and television broadcaster whose work focuses on the arts and their intersection with social justice, history, and place.
Patrick Freyne is a feature writer with the Irish Times and regularly appears on Today FM. He has won the NNI Critic of the Year award.
A former primary school teacher, Judi Curtin has written 24 books for children and adults. For 2017 she was asked to write a special book to celebrate World Book Day in Ireland. Her latest book is Time After Time.
Blindboyboatclub is one half of The Rubberbandits, an Irish comedy hip-hop duo from Limerick city. During performances and interviews, they conceal their identities with masks made from plastic shopping bags.
Dr Shashi Tharoor MP is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who served for 29 years at the UN, culminating as Under- Secretary General..The highly articulate and attention-attracting former Union minister, refugee worker and human rights activist, is also the author of 15 books. An early adopter of social media, he has 5.2 million twitter followers.
Roisin Dwyer is Commissioning Editor at Hot Press magazine, contributor to Radio Nova’s Rock Report and general music, movies, books and culture fiend.
Eithne is chief arts writer for Sunday Times Ireland, a presenter on TG4’s Ceol ar an Imeall and a regular contributor to RTE’s Arena. Her debut novel, Love in Row 27, is published this June.
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.
David McWilliams is an Irish economist, writer, broadcaster and journalist. He is a faculty member of the Trinity College, Dublin business school.
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.
Rick has been a broadcaster with RTE since 2001 both on RTE 2FM and with The Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1. He also runs Ireland’s largest online book club.
Dalkey resident Gordon Snell is a famous author of children’s books and a scriptwriter.
Sean Preston is Editor-In-Chief of Open Pen which is London’s first ‘Open Literature’ magazine, a FREE print publication comprised entirely of reader-submitted short fiction.
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.
Kelly Falconer is the founder of the Asia Literary Agency. She has contributed to the FT, the TLS and Spectator magazine, and she has worked as an editor in London for a variety of publishers.
Rosemary Jenkinson is a short-story writer, playwright and poet from Belfast. Her plays have been produced in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, New York and Washington DC.
Katie Donovan is a poet and journalist, winner of the2017 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award and shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Times/Poetry Now Prize.
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.
Nadine O’Regan is the arts editor of the Sunday Business Post who also hosts the popular Songs in the Key of Life on Today FM on Sunday nights from 9pm.
Celia de Fréine is a poet, playwright and screenwriter who writes in Irish and English.
Matt Cooper is an Irish journalist, author, television presenter and radio presenter of The Last Word on Today FM. He is a former editor of the Sunday Tribune.
Sarah presents the weekly radio show Talking Point on Newstalk and writes for The Sunday Independent. She is a regular contributor to radio and television current affairs programmes.
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.