Dervla Murphy

Dervla MurphyDervla Murphy’s first book, Full Tilt: From Ireland to India with a Bicycle, was published in 1965. Over twenty other titles have followed, including an account of travels in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, a volume against nuclear power, a consideration of race relations in England during the 1980s and a highly-acclaimed autobiography, Wheels Within Wheels. Dervla has won worldwide praise for her writing and many awards, including the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.

All of these books were published by John Murray, but following their absorbtion by a conglomerate Dervla sought a publisher as independent-minded as herself and settled on Eland, the travel publisher. Now in her mid-seventies, she continues to travel around the world, happily setting off to trek in remote mountains, and remains passionate about politics, conservation, bicycling and beer.

Dervla Murphy was born in 1931 in Co. Waterford, where she still lives when not travelling. Her daughter, Rachel, and three young granddaughters live in Italy and join Dervla on her travels when possible.

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Manchán Magan

Manchán MaganManchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He wrote the Magan’s World travel column for Saturday’s Irish Times Magazine for 6 years and currently hosts the Right Hook travel slot. His travel documentaries focusing on issues of world culture for TG4, RTE & Travel Channel were shown in 25 territories around the world. No Béarla, his documentary series about travelling around Ireland speaking only Irish sparked international debate. He has written numerous travel books in English and Irish, including, include ‘Angels & Rabies: a journey through the Americas’ (Brandon, 2006), ‘Manchán’s Travels: a journey through India’ (Brandon, 2007) and ‘Truck Fever: a journey through Africa’ (Brandon, 2008). His Irish books include Baba-ji agus TnaG (Coiscéim 2006) and Manchán ar Seachrán (Coiscéim 1998). He has written for the Guardian, LA Times and Washington Post.

His play Broken Croí/Heart Briste was nominated for 2 Irish Times Theatre Awards, the Fishamble New Writing Award and the Bewleys Café Theatre Award. It won the Stewart Parker Irish Language Award in 2010. He was commissioned to write a bilingual play for the Abbey Theatre in 2011. He lives in his oak forest in a self-made hovel in the bogs of Ireland.

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Fergal Keane

Fergal KeaneFergal Keane was born in London and educated in Ireland. He is one of the BBC’s most distinguished correspondents and an award-winning broadcaster and author. He has reported on the major conflicts and also forgotten wars of the modern age. He has been awarded a BAFTA, been named reporter of the year on television and radio, winning honours from the Royal Television Society and the Sony Radio Awards. Keane has won the George Orwell prize for literature, the James Cameron Prize and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the US Overseas Press Association. He was recently awarded the Ireland Fund of America Literary Prize. Keane was also awarded an OBE for his services to journalism. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including ‘Letter to Daniel’ and his memoir ‘All of These People’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Road of Bones – the Siege of Kohima’ in 2010. He is due to publish a new book ‘Wounds – a memoir of Love and War’ in the Autumn. He lives in London with his wife and two children.”

Twitter: @fergalkeane47

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Kate Adie

Kate AdieKate Adie, author and broadcaster, became a familiar figure to people through her work as Chief News Correspondent, BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation), and is considered to be among the very finest reporters, as well as one of the first British women, sending despatches from danger zones around the world. She is also familiar as the presenter of Radio Four’s From Our Own Correspondent and a guest on many other radio and television programmes. She has been named ‘Reporter of the Year’ twice by the Royal Television Society; the first occasion was for her coverage of the SAS end to the Iranian Embassy siege in 1973. She also won the Monte Carlo International Golden Nymph Award in 1981 and 1990, and was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1993.

Kate grew up in Sunderland and gained her BA from Newcastle University where she read Swedish. She was a member of the National Youth Theatre and still attends the theatre and visits galleries when time permits. She is an avid reader of both fiction and history, and has served as a judge for literary prizes, including the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Costa. Kate has also served as a trustee of the Imperial War Museum, and her illustrated, companion history to the museum’s new permanent exhibition about women in uniform, Corsets to Camouflage, was published by Hodder & Stoughton to coincide with its opening in the autumn of 2003.

Her first book, The Kindness of Strangers, an account of her work as a reporter and how she came to undertake it, delete ‘was’ published by Headline was on the Sunday Times best seller list for 37 weeks Hodder & Stoughton has now published Nobody’s Child: The Lives of Abandoned Children (2005) which formed the basis of two, BBC 1 documentaries series, FOUND, and, most recently, INTO DANGER, (2008) a study of what drives the men and women who have jobs that could cause their deaths. That comes out in paperback in April of this year.

She lives just outside London.

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Dermot Somers

Dermot SomersDermot Somers (born 1947) is a writer, broadcaster and mountaineer. Lives in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Mountaineering: Worldwide experience, including Eiger and Matterhorn north faces. Member of Irish Everest Expedition, 1993. Writer in English and Irish. Subjects: Fiction, history, mountaineering

TV Documentaries
Many documentaries written and presented for CTL Films.
Subjects: Culture, adventure, mountains.
Currently working on a series of nomadic journeys worldwide, including Siberia, Sahara, Iran, Nepal.
A 4-part journey across Australia tracing the Burke & Wills story broadcast 2009, TG4


  • Mountains And Other Ghosts Diadem Books, London. 1990 Short Stories. (Boardman-Tasker shortlist, England)
  • At The Rising of the Moon Bâton Wicks, London/ Collins Press, Cork. 1994. Short Stories. (Boardman-Tasker winner, England. Also Culture & Environment Award, Banff, Canada)
  • Rince ar na Ballaí Cois Life, Dublin 2002 (Oireachtas award for Literature, 2002)
  • Collected Short Stories Bâton Wicks, London 2004
  • Endurance:Heroic Journeys in Ireland The O’Brien Press 2005
  • Buaic Cois Life, Dublin 2006
  • Úrscéal nua, as Gaeilge, le foilsiÚ, 2009. Cois Life

Dermot will give an illustrated talk (bilingual) on his journeys and climbs.

Scríbhneoir, craoltóir, sléibhteoir. Rugadh i Ros Comáin é. Ina chónaí i nDroichead átha. Scríobhann sé as Gaeilge is as Béarla.

As Gaeilge:

  • Rince ar na Ballaí: Duaisleabhar an Oireachtais 2002
  • Buaic: Úrscéal, Cois Life, 2006
  • Úrscéal nua; le foilsiÚ ag Cois Life, 2009

As Béarla:

  • Mountains and Other Ghosts (Diadem Books,1990)
  • At the Rising of the Moon (Baton Wicks, 1994)
  • Collected Short Stories (Baton Wicks, 2004)
  • Endurance (O’Brien Press, 2005)
  • Sraitheanna Teilifíse scríofa is curtha i láthair aige ar TG4 agus RTÉ
  • Saothar is Déanaí: Craiceann Geal, Croí Marbh (Turas Taiscéalaíochta trasna na hAstráile)
  • Turas i mBaol: An tSibéir, an Sahára, an Iaráin, Neipeal (Turais le treibheanna tréadacha)
  • Tabharfaidh Dermot caint (dhátheangach) faoina chuid eachtraí.

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Mary Branley

Mary BranleyBorn in Sligo, Mary Branley is the author to two collections of poetry.

  • A Foot on the Tide Summer Palace Press 2002
  • Martin, Let Me Go Summer Palace Press 2009

Her poems also appear in two anthologies, Europe Is A Woman University of Barcelona 2007 (with Catalan translations) and the newly published The Watchful Heart A new generation of Irish Writers. Salmon 2009 and numerous journals and poetry magazines.

Mary was awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship in 2008, and is a recipient of an Arts Council bursary this year.

She has been writer and workshop facilitator with KidsOwn Publishing Partnership since 2001 and worked on 14 publications. This Is The Place KidsOwn 2008 received a multicultural and media award with Metro Eireann last November. Smile KidsOwn 2008 was named by Robert Dunbar in Irish Times top 30 children’s book list.

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Annie G. Rogers

Annie G. RogersAnnie G. Rogers is a writer and Professor of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Ireland, and a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University, she is the author of A Shining Affliction (Penguin Viking, 1995), Charlie’s Chasing the Sheep (Lismore Books, 2003), and The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma (Random House, 2006). She has published poetry and short fiction, and currently is writing a novel. She lives a bi-located life in Lismore and in Amherst, in the US.

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Rory MacLean

Rory MacLeanWith the publication of Stalin’s Nose, Rory MacLean crashed through the norms of the genre to create a literary species almost his own. To mark the republication of his early books (with introductions from Colin Thubron, William Dalrymple and Jan Morris), Rory will retrace sixteen passionate years of journeying, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the rise of the Taliban, and talk about how – like Chatwin and Kapuscinski before him – he audaciously crosses the travel book with some of the wilder forms of the novel.

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Alan Murphy

Alan MurphyAlan Murphy is the Dublin-born writer and illustrator of two previous collections of poetry for young readers, the most recent of which, Psychosilly, was on an Irish Times book list. Having previously plied his trade as a painter in Dublin, he currently lives in Lismore, where he writes, continues to make art, photographs cows, and occasionally reviews books. He recently received a bursary to further his literary and artistic endeavours at the Tyrone Guthrie centre from Waterford county council. Previous festival appearances include Electric Picnic, Poetry Now, the West Cork Literary Festival, and, of course, Immrama. His forthcoming collection, Prometheus Unplugged, is a breathless extravaganza which manages to combine rock music and Greek mythology.

Book Launch: Prometheus Unplugged Alan’s latest book is a collection of poems and songs based around the theme of music and the rock concert. The ancient Greeks have heretofore been revered for their art, philosophy and literature, but not for their rock music… until now that is. A humorous romp through the rock and roll circus illustrated by the authors colourful and eccentric collages.

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Twitter: @psychosilly

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Áine Uí Fhoghlú

Áine Uí FhoghlúÁine Uí Fhoghlú comes from An Rinn, Co. Waterford. Has published two collections of poetry Aistear Aonair (1999) and An Liú sa Chuan (2007) both by Coiscéim publishing as well as editing Dánta Mílaoise (2000), a collection of poems by secondary school students in County Waterford. Her poems have been featured in various publications and anthologies, often in translation. Áine is on the Writers in Schools panel and has done many workshops at primary and secondary school level as well as with adult groups. Was Writer in residence with County Kilkenny VEC in 2006.

Has won many awards for her poetry including the Irish language prize at Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown International Poetry Competition 1997, Strokestown International Poetry Festival 2001, was shortlisted for Brendan Kennelly Summerfest 2006, was awarded the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize for 2008. Was awarded a bursary from Ealaín na Gaeltachta in 2006 and has just been awarded an Arts Council Bursary to pursue her writing in 2009.

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