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From Lucifer to Lazarus: A Life on the Left by Mick O’Reilly
Posted by Mick O'Reilly in > Interviews > Memoir

Writing my memoir began with a phone call. After retiring from the Trade Union in 2008, I received a call from Francy Devine to do a customary long interview for...

Fifty Years On by Malachi O’Doherty
Posted by Malachi O'Doherty in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

Fifty Years On is my eighth published book and I have a few others that need a bit more work on them and might never be published. All of my...

The Shepherd and the Morning Star by Willie Orr
Posted by Willie Orr in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

The Shepherd and the Morning Star is inspired by rejection. My father’s life, which was colourful rather than exemplary, I portrayed as a novel and submitted the MS to several...

The Doctor Who Sat for a Year by Brendan Kelly
Posted by Brendan Kelly in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

Meditating, Writing and the Wisdom of Confucius Writing about meditation is a little like dancing about architecture: you can certainly do it, but what exactly does it mean? And, for...

Are You the F***king Doctor? by Liam Farrell
Posted by Liam Farrell in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

‘You should publish a selection of your columns,’ said my partner, sounding a bit less irritated than usual. ‘My Collected Works, you mean,’ I said, with brief grandiose visions of...

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...

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 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:...

Reading and Selecting from Maria Edgeworth’s Letters by Valerie Pakenham
Posted by Valerie Pakenham in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

I first came across Maria Edgeworth when I married in 1964 and came to live in Co. Westmeath, 15 miles from Edgeworthstown. Pakenhams and Edgeworths had intermarried in the early...