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Becoming a Mother: Reflections on Adoptive Parenthood by Mari Gallagher
Posted by Mari Gallagher in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

Becoming a Mother – Reflections on Adoptive Parenthood took five years to write but realistically I have been mentally working on it since adopting my first child in 1999. The...

On Commitment: Falling for a Farmer by Maura McElhone
Posted by Maura McElhone in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

As our wedding day draws nearer, it may come as no surprise that “commitment” is on my mind. But the truth is, it had emerged as an important theme in...

Crean: The Extraordinary Life of an Irish Hero by Tim Foley
Posted by Tim Foley in > Interviews > Non-Fiction

After ten years compiling posts about Tom Crean to the supporters of the Facebook page and group that I created, writing this book was a natural progression for me. From a young age I’ve...

Why I wrote Matchstick Man by Julia Kelly
Posted by Julia Kelly in > Interviews > Memoir

I didn’t plan to write this book. I’d begun work on a new novel about a family wedding in Italy but I couldn’t concentrate; I was too overwhelmed by what...

The Joyce Country: Literary Scholarship and Irish Culture by David Pierce
Posted by David Pierce in > Interviews > Non-Fiction

If there is a single thing Joyce teaches us it is patience. I expressed as much to the grandson of one of Joyce’s sisters when I met him for coffee...

What does Positively Teenage have to say for adults and writers? by Nicola Morgan
Posted by Nicola Morgan in > Interviews > Non-Fiction

Positive thinking is a flimsy strategy. “You can do anything if you try” is a lie, a myth we must bust if we are genuinely to control our lives. Focusing...

Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon by Henry Martin
Posted by Henry Martin in > Interviews > Non-Fiction

In 2012 I was working for the publisher Phaidon Press, when I watched a video interview with the artist Agnes Martin, whose work Untitled #7 (1980) is in the collection of...

Without You – Living With Loss by Orlaith Carmody
Posted by Orlaith Carmody in > Interviews > Non-Fiction

I was sitting on a plane a couple of years ago, on my way to speak at a conference in the US, when it came to me.  At the time...

The Inspiration for The Cow Book by John Connell
Posted by John Connell in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

The Cow Book is the story of my life as a farmer in rural Ireland. It is also the story of my family, community and the animals I live with:...

The Preacher and the Prelate: The Achill Mission Colony and the Battle for Souls in...
Posted by Patricia Byrne in > Interviews > Non-Fiction

Coming Home Recently, I visited the Dublin Castle exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger – the world’s largest collection of Famine-related art on loan from the Great Hunger...