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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...

Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie by Christopher Fitz-Simon
Posted by Christopher Fitz-Simon in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

Before the advent of e-mail it seems to have been an irrefutable fact that persons destined by a Higher Authority to become famous would have their letters preserved from a...

Telling Tales: The Fabulous Lives of Anita Leslie by Penny Perrick
Posted by Penny Perrick in > Interviews > Memoir > Non Fiction

Biographers are not universally loved. James Joyce called us ‘biografiends’ and Edmund de Waal, although acclaimed for his family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, a book both tender and...

An Irish Punk in London: A Ton of Malice by Barry McKinley
Posted by Barry McKinley in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

I started writing A Ton of Malice in 1981 – and finally finished it this year. It’s hard to know why it took so long. It’s a memoir, so the...

Life Writing – Alana Kirk, Jane McKenna and Andrea Hayes
Posted by Alana Kirk in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

Memoir – or life writing – is becoming an increasingly popular genre. Gone are the days when only politicians and sports people wrote about aspects of their lives; now anyone...

Alana Kirk on The Sandwich Years
Posted by Alana Kirk in > Interviews > Memoir > Non-Fiction

Sometimes we write about what we know. And sometimes what we know – and experience – leads us to writing. And sometimes it’s not what you ever expected to write...

Be Flexible in Your Dreams by Alana Kirk

We all have dreams, and sometimes these dreams – or ambitions – are the driving force to success.    We’ve all heard the inspirational quotes – “Don’t give up on your...

If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie
Posted by Sharon Blackie in > Memoir > Non-Fiction

If Women Rose Rooted wasn’t the book I intended to write. In fact, I never intended to write another book at all. My first novel, The Long Delirious Burning Blue,...

Daughter, Mother, Me: A Memoir of Love, Loss And Dirty Dishes by Alana Kirk
Posted by Alana Kirk in > Memoir

From email to bookshelf, my first book has taken 10 months. The email was from Hachette Books Ireland asking if I was interested in meeting. So I met them, and...

Writing A Way Through Pain: My Journey to Wellness by Andrea Hayes
Posted by Andrea Hayes in > Memoir

The tradition of setting new goals and resolutions is a ritual and a challenge I look forward to every year. At the beginning of 2013 as I reflected on the...

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