|IVY BANNISTER writes
stories, poems and plays for stage and radio. Her many awards include the
Francis MacManus Story Award (1999). 45 short pieces have been recorded
by RTE's Sunday Miscellany. Presently, she is working on a memoir and a
|PAT BORAN was born
in Portlaoise in 1963 and currently lives in Dublin, where he has been Writer-in-Residence
with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin Corporation and Dublin City University.
At present he is the Programme Director of the Dublin Writers’ Festival.
To date he has published 3 full-length collections of poems, the first of
which won the 1989 Patrick Kavanagh Award, with a fourth entitled As
The Hand, The Glove to appear later this year. His first fiction for
children, All The Way From China, appeared in 1998 and was shortlisted
for the Bisto Book of the Year Award. His non-fiction works include The
Portable Creative Writing Handbook (1999) and A Short History of
DEVANEY has an honours degree in Drama from Trinity College Dublin. He has
magazine and short film credits. His plays have been staged from Canada
to Australia. He's written numerous radio plays and drama series for Radio
One, short stories for RTE and the BBC and a book published by RTE/Blackwater
Press. He has lectured extensively on creative writing and film in Ireland
|PAT GOUGH was born
in Dunboyne, Co Meath and grew up in Leixlip, Co. Kildare. He joined the
ESB in the late sixties as an apprentice electrician and worked out of Tallaght, Ballyfermot, Leixlip and Saggart. In those days, following the hunt was a local tradition. On the day of the hunt, little or no work was done. Whole villages seemed to be walking fields, standing on headlands, opening gates for the riders for a couple of bob. The incident with
the cows actually happened. Pat now lectures in the Engineering Services
Department in D.I.T. Kevin Street, teaching budding electricians how to
avoid electrocuting valuable livestock. He is a member of two creative writers’
groups. His stories and radio plays have been shortlisted and runners-up
in many competitions over the years, including the Francis MacManus and P.J. O'Connor competitions and the George A. Birmingham short story competition (Westport Arts Festival).
|LIA MILLS was born
in Dublin. Her first novel, Another Alice, was published by Poolbeg
in 1996 and was nominated for the Irish Times Irish Fiction prize. She is
currently completing her second novel.
NÍ DHUIBHNE was born in Dublin. She has written collections of short
stories and novels, including The Bray House, The Inland Ice, Dúnmharú
sa Daingean, and The Dancers Dancing. She has also written plays
and novels for children. She has been the recipient of many awards for her
work, including the Stewart Parker Award, The Bisto Book of the Year Award,
the Butler Award for Prose, and the Oireachtas Award for a novel in Irish.
The Dancers Dancing was short-listed for The Orange Prize for Fiction
JOAN SLOEY was born in Bangor, Co. Down. She has
lived in Dublin for 30 years. Her publishing credits include a novel and
a play for children, poetry and short stories. She was shortlisted for
the Hennessy Award in 1995. She has been a member of the Inkwell Writers
Group for 10 years.