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 novel.
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 Dublin (2000).
MARTIN 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 and abroad.
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.
ÉILÍS 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 2000.

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.

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