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Kunle Animashaun

Rhythm & Slam Poetry Event at RUA RED Arts Centre

Kunle Animashaun is a writer, poet and dramatist. He is the artistic director of Camino Productions, African Irish Theatre Company. The company comprises both African and Irish actors. Kunle is a first class Master’s degree graduate of the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. He is the author of Pitfalls and Drumbeats of Oppression. Some past productions by his theatre company include: Wedlock of the Gods by Zulu Sofola; Sizwe Bansi is Dead by Athol Fugard; Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, etc. He is currently the artistic director in residence at the Tallaght Community Arts Centre, based in Rua Red. He is just about completing his PhD at the Department of Drama, Trinity College Dublin.

Alex Barclay

Ladykillers: Crime Fiction by Leading Female Writers at The Civic Theatre

Alex Barclay’s first novel Darkhouse was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. Since then Alex has written several bestselling thrillers and won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her third novel, Blood Runs Cold, which was the beginning of the Special Agent Ren Bryce series. 

Michael Bhaskar

Speaker at TEDxTallaght at The Civic Theatre

Michael Bhaskar is Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books and Serpent’s Tail. He has worked at several publishers, a literary agency, an economics research firm, founded a web startup and reviewed books for a newspaper as well as speaking and writing extensively about digital publishing and culture. Michael has a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford and is a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow. His book on publishing The Content Machine is forthcoming in October. He is on Twitter as @ajaxlogos

Dermot Bolger

Reader's Day Chapters One & Two at The Civic Theatre

Born in Dublin in 1959, Dermot Bolger is poet, playwright and novelist whose many novels include ‘The Journey Home’, ‘The Valparaiso Voyage’ and ‘The Family on Paradise Pier’. His fifteen plays include, ‘The Lament for Arthur Cleary’, which received The Samuel Beckett Award in Britain and most recently his acclaimed adaptation of Ulysses. His latest collection of poems, ‘The Venice Suite: A Voyage Through Loss’, appeared last autumn, along with a novella,“The Fall of Ireland”. He regularly writes for most of Ireland’s national newspapers and in 2012 was named Newspaper Commentator of the Year.

Juanita Browne

Put the Kettle On: Ireland's Love Affair with Tea at Clondalkin Library

Juanita Browne is a Zoology graduate who migrated into print media and television after university. She published her first book Ireland’s Mammals in 2005. Besides wildlife, one of her other great loves is a nice cup of tea. Neither an addict nor connoisseur, she simply enjoys plain Irish tea and, most importantly, the chat that comes with it. And this is what this book is about. 

Paul Butler

Photographic exhibition “Still” will be on view in ITT Dublin library from October 2013

A former graduate of Technical Photography (Kevin St DIT) also some dabbling in scripting and cinematography. Originally from Dublin, for the last thirteen years home is South Leitrim, along with Rita, Luke, two dogs and two cats. It is within this ever changing landscape that images are recorded on a daily basis. Since 1998 He has worked within the Institute of Technology, Tallaght as part of the IT Department looking after web services.

Orlaith Carmody

Speaker at TEDxTallaght at The Civic Theatre

Orlaith Carmody is Managing Director of, a consultancy specialising in communications training and management development with individuals and organisations. As a keynote speaker, conference chair and seminar leader, Orlaith has addressed some of Ireland’s most influential business people and networks on the subjects of professional development and corporate leadership. A director of a number of SMEs in recruitment and production, Orlaith regularly delivers engaging and energetic seminars on Pitching for Success, Building Confidence in the Workplace, Self Esteem, Goals and Strategy & Successful Networking; and she has also presented at international conferences in the USA and Canada.

Alongside founding her company,, in 1992 Orlaith had a successful career as a print & broadcast journalist with several Irish news organisations including RTÉ, where she is today a member of the Board of Directors.

She is married to television ‘Dragon’ Gavin Duffy and together they have four teenagers. She is an active media commentator on her blog, and contributes to a variety of radio programmes and publications.

Ciaran Carty

Publishing the Inside Track. Panel Discussion with Lilliput Press at The Civic Theatre

Ciaran Carty (chair): Since incurring the wrath of his first editor in 1960 by making Hitchcock¹s Psycho his film of the year, veteran cineast Ciaran Carty has consistently championed the arts, developing a career as one of Ireland¹s leading critics and broadcasters. He was deputy editor of the Sunday Independent before becoming arts editor for the Sunday Tribune. Since 1988 he has edited the New Irish Writing page

for both the Tribune and the Irish Independent, and is curator of the prestigious annual Hennessy Literary Awards.

Emer Cleary

With an Honours Degree in Journalism and Editorial Design Emer Cleary (nee Mulvaney) worked for 10 years in the newspaper and magazine industry between the UK and Ireland. Starting out as a junior reporter on a monthly magazine and then a weekly newspaper in Tamworth, Staffordshire, Emer left Central Independent Newspapers as the Chief District Reporter on two of the company's titles.

In 2006 she moved home to Ireland to work as the Senior Reporter for The Echo newspaper, in Tallaght, where, within 1.5years, at the age of 27, she became the youngest ever, female Editor, on a title belonging to Scotland's Johnston Press Group, which owned circa 300 newspapers between the UK and Ireland at the time.

Leaving The Echo in 2011 Emer became the Editor of InTallaght Magazine where she interviewed many famous faces including The Coronas, Ashley Banjo, Prodijig, Ardal O'Hanlon, Laura Whitmore, Neil Delamere, Ryan Tubridy and many more. At this time she had finished her first novel, "How Many Frogs?" and by October 2012 Emer decided to leave InTallaght to pursue her dream - to continue writing books and to set up an independent publishing company with a difference.

Having experienced the hurdles of getting work read and published through the traditional publishing houses, and recognising the sizeable shifts and trends in the market towards e-books, Emer decided to set up Emu Ink - a company which offers editing, design and marketing skills at an affordable price, but without compromise on quality - as well as Ireland's first purpose- built online library focusing on new talent. A library with an unlimited rental facility not seen before in any publishing business and - not to expect anything from others that she wouldn't of herself - Emer has also chosen Emu Ink as the publishing house for "How Many Frogs?" and is currently working on her second novel.

Emu Ink was launched on March 27th, 2013, by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, in The Irish Writers Centre.

Harry Clifton

Reader's Day: Chapter One at The Civic Theatre

Harry Clifton was born in Dublin and attended Blackrock College and University College, Dublin. His collection of poems, Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 (2007), won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award in 2008. His other honors include the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and two Arts Council Bursaries in Literature. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish artists’ association.

Clifton is the author of the poetry pamphlet Null Beauty (1976) and the books The Walls of Carthage (1977), Office of the Salt Merchant (1979), The Liberal Cage (1988), and The Desert Route: Selected Poems 1973–1988 (1992). Fintan O’Toole wrote of Clifton’s work in the Irish Times: “His is a universe of aftermaths, hauntings and returns, in which even God . . . dreams of becoming flesh again,” and asserted that Secular Eden “captures an Irish voice that is utterly contemporary in its restless movement through time and space.”

Clifton has lived in Europe, Africa, and Asia, working as an aid administrator in Thailand from 1980 to 1988. Clifton’s On the Spine of Italy: A Year in the Abruzzi (1999) is a prose work based on a year he spent in the Abruzzi mountains of Italy with his wife, the writer Deirdre Madden. He is also the author of a collection of fiction, Berkeley’s Telephone and Other Fictions (2000).

Clifton has been an International Fellow at the University of Iowa and was poet-in-residence at the Frost Place in New Hampshire. He teaches at University College Dublin.

Susan Condon

Ladykillers: Crime Fiction by Leading Female Writers at The Civic Theatre

Susan Condon, a native of Dublin, is working on the final edits of her debut novel – a crime fiction thriller set in New York City. Her short stories have been awarded first prize in the Jonathan Swift Award; the Sport and Cultural Council (City of Dublin VEC) Competition and the Bealtaine Short Story Competition and she has also been long-listed for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition. Publications include Original Writing from Ireland’s Own, Anthology 2012; South of the County: New Myths and Tales and Susan blogs at: You can find her on Twitter: @SusanCondon or check out her crime fiction reviews and interviews on 

Carolann Copland

Writers Groups....Writing Together!

Carolann Copland is the founder of Carousel Creates Writers’ Centre; offering writing experiences to writers of all ages and lifestyles. She has a Bachelor of Education in English and Drama and has been a teacher for thirteen years. 

Although she writes mostly novels; Carolann loves to dabble with short stories, plays and poetry; writing between Dublin and the South of Spain. Living in Dublin, Carolann considers herself privileged to live alongside some of the world’s most prestigious writers. She has lived in the Middle East and the United Kingdom and is a mother of three children aged ten to twenty-two. Through mentoring writers of all ages; from all walks of life; Carolann is happiest when she is sharing her passion for writing. Her novel Summer Triangle is due out in September 2013.

Fionn Davenport

Home & Abroad: Holidays on a Budget at The Civic Theatre Loose End Studio

Fionn has been writing about travel in one form or another since the early 1990s. He started as an editor but soon went on the road. He has written for many publications, but has been writing guides for Lonely Planet since 1996. In 2002 he made the move into radio, with a regular travel slot on the drive-time Right Hook programme on Newstalk 106-108 ( ), every Tuesday evening from 6.20-7pm. That led to his own show, which has nothing to do with travel, also on Newstalk: Davenport After Dark, every Thursday night from 10pm. His TV work includes the travel expert on RTE’s daytime show Seoige and also did two seasons on No Frontiers, RTE’s specialist travel programme.

Gerry Duffy

Speaker at TEDxTallaght at The Civic Theatre

A professional speaker, writer and lover of extreme adventure sports Gerry Duffy’s CV is filled with accomplishments such as running 32 marathons’ in 32 consecutive days and also completing a DECA Iron distance triathlon. (24 mile swim, 1,160 mile bike and 262 mile run.)

Gerry has been invited to address the workforces of companies such as Facebook, Google, Bank of America. His presentations are packed with simple strategies to achieve small, medium as well as really big hairy scary goals. He has written two Best Selling Books (Who Dares, runs and Tick Tock Ten). Ironically the biggest challenge he has ever overcome is a fear of public speaking.

Catherine Dunne

Catherine Dunne is the award-winning author of nine novels, the most recent of which is The Things We Know Now, published to great acclaim in March 2013. Catherine has also written one work of non-fiction about the Irish in London in the 1950s: 'An Unconsidered People' (2003). She has always loved writing and in 1995 she moved from teaching to writing full time. Catherine's work is translated into several languages and she has had particular success in Italy.

Theophilus Ejorh

Rhythm & Slam Poetry event at RUA RED

Dr. Theophilus Ejorh is a creative writer, journalist, sociologist and activist. Born in Nigeria, he worked as a reporter with The Mail newspaper, Vanguard newspaper and African Guardian magazine, all in Lagos. He edited the 14th edition of The Muse, the journal of creative writings of the English Department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Dr. Ejorh has published academic papers in international academic journals. His first collection of poems, Echoes of the Moment, was published in Nigeria in 1994. His poems have also appeared in various poetry journals and anthologies. Before he came to Ireland over eleven years ago, he was a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and an associate member of the Christian Writers Association (CWA), London. He has edited two volumes of poetry: Embers of Words (2012) featuring adult writers and Bluebells Are Blooming Again (2013), a collection of poems and short stories by young people in Ireland. He is the founder and coordinator of Migrant Writers and Performing Artists Ireland. He has won several poetry awards, the most recent being the first prize in the 2013 European Anti-Racism literary competition organised by the South Dublin County Council. Dr. Ejorh teaches Sociology courses occasionally at University College Dublin

Anthony Farrell

Publishing the Inside Track. Panel Discussion with Lilliput Press at The Civic Theatre

Antony Farrell, publisher-editor, founded The Lilliput Press in 1984 in

County Westmeath, moving to Stoneybatter in Dublin in 1989, where the Press

has been based since. With over 500 titles to its name, blending fiction

with history, memoir, fine art and works of reference, Lilliput can lay

claim to being Ireland¹s leading literary imprint, now entering its 30th


Lilliput's most recent author, Donal Ryan, is long-shortlisted for the Man Booker

Prize in the UK for his extraordinary novel The Spinning Heart. His second

novel, The Thing About December, appears later this autumn.

Owen Fitzpatrick

The Charismatic Edge: The Art of Compelling Communication - Lunchtime Talk Civic Theatre Tallaght (Loose End Studio)

Owen is co-author of 'Conversations with Richard Bandler', along with co-founder of NLP, Richard Bandler, which has been translated into seven languages. Owen is also the co- author of ‘Choose Freedom’, an international bestseller, which has been translated into 6 languages. He is also author of ‘Not Enough Hours’, a bestseller in the Irish Times Bookcharts. In his latest book, The Charismatic Edge, Owen shares the keys to becoming a confident, compelling and captivating communicator. 

Rick Gannotta

Speaker at TEDxTallaght at The Civic Theatre

Rick’s work with Mindfulness is dedicated to advancing its use in high reliability organizations (like healthcare delivery), specifically the unique situations which occur in those organizations and also for individuals engaged as members of their workforce. Rick believes that individuals and organizations which embrace “mindfulness” may see enhanced performance at both the enterprise and individual level – positively impacting one’s life.

Rick is the President of Duke Raleigh Hospital, and a Consulting Associate at Duke University School of Nursing. Research Interests include; the application of mindfulness in high reliability situations, novel healthcare delivery models, healthcare economics, strategy and futures.

Follow Rick on Twitter at @Rickgannotta.


Gabriella Ghermandi

Queen of Flowers and Pearls at RUA RED Arts Centre

Gabriella Ghermandi, an Italo-Ethiopian writer, was born in Addis Ababa in 1965, and moved to Italy in 1979. In 1999, she won the Migrant Literature first prize, awarded by the Eks&Tra Association, and the third prize in 2001. She is co-founder and member of the editorial board of El-Ghibli, an on-line journal of migration literature. She has published short stories in a wide variety of journals and magazines, and is also a playwright. In recent years, she has focused on oral storytelling and performance in various parts of Italy, Switzerland and the USA.

Her first novel, Regina di fiori e di perle (Roma: Donzelli, 2007), presents a chain of stories within stories within a story, presenting a history “from below” of Italo-Ethiopian relations between 1935 and 2000. Gabriella is nominated juror of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The Neustadt is a very prestigious International Prize for Literature and Gabriella will be flying to the US soon after her visit to the Red Line Book Festival. Gabriella’s visit is brought to you in association with the African Cultural Project.

Leeann Hamilton 

Get Graphic: creating graphic novels with three of Ireland's leading creators at The Civic Theatre, Loose End Studio

Leeann Hamilton is the self-published creator of the Finn and Fish series, which is a venture she pursued after being published by small and major press companies in the past. She reviews Irish comics and posts her artwork and news on, which will also be the future home to her webcomic Things Happened.

Niall Harbison

Speaker at TEDxTallaght at The Civic Theatre

Niall Harbison is an entrepreneur who founded Simply Zesty, a global digital agency, in 2009 and sold it 3 years later to UTV. The company started out in his spare bedroom with just €10,000 in start-up capital. The company helps brands such as Vodafone, Samsung and Sony with their social media strategies developing creative campaigns on platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Niall now works on growing the company across Europe, Asia and the USA working with large international brands on their digital and social media strategies. Simply Zesty recently merged with Tibus Digital to create one of Ireland and the UK’s largest digital media agency with 50 people spread between Dublin, Belfast and London.

Niall is also an angel investor backing small Irish companies to help them create jobs and achieve the same success as Simply Zesty. His personal websites are and where he blogs his forthright reviews of restaurants in Dublin and beyond. When not working – he’s thinking about it while walking his dogs Snoop and Buster.

Sue Hassett

Writing is Sue Hassett's second career, her first was as a social enterpreneur and social researcher. Based in RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Sue is currently working on a novel entitled Acquittances 123 which explores, in a fictionalised narrative, her own childhood in an Irish family of diverse cultural origin. In her work Sue is concerned with the self in society and in relationship to the natural world. 

Karl Henry

Get started on the path to a Fit and Fabulous New You! - Lunchtime at the Civic Theatre Loose End Studio

Karl Henry is one Ireland's most recognized and leading personal trainers, and is the name that is synonymous with training in Ireland. Karl has been the fitness expert on Operation Transformation on RTE 1 since the show started 7 years ago as well as a regular contributor to Irish newspapers and the major radio programmes. His media work gives him a great opportunity to spread the message of health to as many people as possible. His interests include Hill-walking, Cycling, Triathlon, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Kite Surfing, Surfing and pretty much anything!

Join Karl for an energising lunchtime talk that will add impetus to an existing fitness programme or help you get started on the path to improved health and fitness.

“Bums, Tums and Bingo Wings” by Karl Henry was published January 2013

Arlene Hunt

Ladykillers: Crime Fiction by Leading Female Writers at The Civic Theatre

Arlene Hunt is a unique voice in Irish crime fiction. Her dark and atmospheric stories perfectly capture the grimy underworld of Dublin and beyond. She is the author of a series of fast-paced crime-thrillers, featuring John Kenny and Sarah Quigley from Quik Investigataions. Her sixth novel Undertow was nominated for best crime novel of the year in 2009. Her novels have been translated into Dutch and Russian. Her current novel – a stand alone set in the US - entitled The Chosen, was voted as TV3's Book of the Month for November 2011.

Nicy Kasa

Rhythm & Slam Poetry event in RUA RED Arts Centre

Nicy Kasa was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has been living in Ireland for the past seven years. She started creative writing six years ago, when she published her poems in her school’s magazine. Since then, she has participated in poetry readings and competitions and has never stopped writing. She strongly feels that writing is a big way for communicating one’s opinions, emotions and beliefs. Nicy is the writer of the award-winning poem, "Where I Come From", upon which the three-minute short documentary film by Luke Morgan is based. The video is about the importance of home in one of the world's most dangerous countries - the Congo. Nicy is also an aspiring actress and debuted in Sonnet 9 To Orpheus, a short steampunk film.

Colm Keegan

Three Men Talking about Things they Kinda Know About at The Civic Theatre

Colm Keegan has read and performed his poetry at various festivals, including the Flat Lakes Festival, Electric Picnic and the Festival of World Cultures. He was the All Ireland Slam Poetry Champion in 2010. He also writes short stories and screenplays and has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award for both poetry and fiction. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the International Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. In 2011 he was nominated for the Absolut Fringe’s ‘Little Gem’ Award for the play Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About (co-written with Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith) which is touring 2012/2013. He is a poetry/arts reviewer and contributing poet for RTE Radio One’s nightly arts show ARENA and co-founder of ‘Nighthawks at the Cobalt’. He is co-founder and facilitator of Inklinks, a young writers club in Clondalkin and teaches creative writing in secondary schools across Ireland. He maintains a popular blog and his poetry performances are widely viewed on YouTube. He is currently finishing his first novel

Mary Kenny

Readers Day: Chapter Two at The Civic Theatre

Mary Kenny was born in Dublin. She became a reporter for the London Evening Standard and moved back to Ireland where she was a founder-member of a ground-breaking Irish feminist movement in 1970 (which also produced Mary Robinson, subsequently President of Ireland). Later, Mary returned to London, but she still spends part of her working life in Dublin. In the 1990s, she graduated with a mature degree in French studies at Birkbeck College, London University.

She has spent her working life as a journalist, and writes for a variety of newspapers in Dublin and London, including The Irish Independent, The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Spectator, as well as the religious press, but in the 1990s turned increasingly to books on historical themes. She published a social history of Ireland in the 20th century in 1997 Goodbye to Catholic Ireland (now used as a teaching text in universities in Ireland and the United States), and in 2003, her biography of William Joyce was published. This was described as “an absorbingly elegant study” in The Guardian, and “an enthralling biography…[which] brings a humanity to a demonised figure” by The Irish Times. It is in the process of being made into a feature film by Haas-Silver-Levene Productions with Giovanni Ribosi as Haw-Haw. Mary has also written the biographical essay on Lord Haw-Haw for the Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Europe, to be published later in 2006.

Her play about Winston Churchill and Michael Collins set in 1921, Allegiance, was very well received at Edinburgh in 2006, (starring Mel Smith as Winston Churchill), and a West End production is at the planning stage.

Mary Kenny is married to the writer Richard West and they have two adult sons, Patrick and Edward West, both of whom are journalists. Mary is listed in Who’s Who, the British reference publication on people of influence, and is an experienced speaker and broadcaster.

Mike McCormack

Publishing the Inside Track. Panel Discussion with Lilliput Press at The Civic Theatre

MIKE MCCORMACK was born in 1965 and comes from the west of Ireland. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Getting it in the Head (1996), and two novels, Crowe’s Requiem (1998) and Notes from a Coma (2005). In 1996 McCormack was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature. Getting it in the Head was chosen as New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998. In 2006 Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award. He has received several Arts Council Awards and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. He currently lives in Galway.

Eamon Maher

Evocating Time & Places of John McGahern at IT Tallaght

Eamon Maher is Director of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies in IT Tallaght, where he also lectures in Humanities. He has written two books on McGahern: 'The Church and its Spire': John McGahern and the Catholic Question (2011); and John McGahern: From the Local to the Universal (2003). He has also published numerous newspaper and journal articles on the Leitrim bard.

Nita Mishra

Rhythm & Slam Poetry event at RUA RED

Nita Mishra is a poet and currently studying for a PhD at University College Cork. She is working on the role of Irish International NGOs in rights based approaches. She has been living in Dublin with her family since four and a half years ago. She was a contributor to Embers of Words, an Irish anthology of migrant poetry.

Julianne Mooney

Home & Abroad: Holidays on a Budget - Lunchtime at The Civic Theatre Loose End Studio

Julianne Mooney is author of the Time Out Guide to Ireland (1st edition), published in August 2011. She does a weekly travel slot on Ireland AM, Ireland’s only morning show, where she discusses both national and international destinations.

She has also contributed to travel slots on radio, including - BBC Radio Ulster, The Travel Show - Dublin City FM, Today FM, RTE and Newstalk. She does freelance travel writing, with clients including Failte Ireland, The Leitrim Guardian, Unravel Travel, Xpose and Senior Times.

Julianne keeps the world up to date with her travels on her website: .

When she’s not travelling or writing, she’s reading for her other job, Programme Director of the Dublin Book Festival.

Stephen Mooney 

Get Graphic: creating graphic novels with three of Ireland's leading creators at The Civic Theatre, Loose End Studio

Stephen Mooney has been working as a professional artist for the last 10 years in Comic Books, Video Games and Animation. His past credits include a fan-favourite run on IDW’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic books including Angel and Spike. Stephen also drew IDW’s A-Team and CSI series as well as the Teen Wolf graphic novel which accompanied the new TV series for MTV and Image Comics. Stephen's eagerly awaited latest series, Half Past Danger, was published recently.

Alan Jude Moore

Judge of Red Line Poetry Competition

Alan Jude Moore is from Dublin. He has published three poetry collections: Black State Cars (Salmon Poetry, 2004), Lost Republics (Salmon Poetry, 2008) and Strasbourg (Salmon Poetry, 2010). A new collection is due to be published later this year. His fiction has been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and his work has been translated into Italian, Russian and Turkish.

He has read and performed at many events in Ireland and abroad, including Electric Picnic; the Dublin Book Festival; The Istanbul International Poetry Festival; The Henry Miller Memorial Library, California; Loyola University, Los Angeles; and the Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg.

He is the editor of the online literary magazine The Burning Bush 2 www.burningbush2 His website is 

Frank Nugent

In Search of Peaks, Passes & Glaciers: Irish Alpine Pioneers at The County Library, Tallaght

Frank Nugent, mountaineer-explorer, has written this book as a companion to Seek the Frozen Lands. An experienced Alpinist, he participated in expeditions to the Himalaya, Greenland and Iceland. Chairman of the Mountaineering Council of Ireland (1997–2000), he was Deputy Leader of the first and successful Irish Everest Expedition (1993), followed in the footsteps of Shackleton across South Georgia (1997), and sailed the Northwest Passage in Northabout, a shallow-draft boat in 2001. A member of the Alpine Club and the James Caird Society, he is a former curriculum and assessment expert with FÁS Training & Employment Authority – Ireland

Joe O'Brien

Booked! Reading Sport at The Civic Theatre

Joe O’Brien needs little or no introduction. He is the author of 9 Alfie Green books, for the younger reader, and the fantasy novel Beyond the Cherry Tree. But it is his trilogy of sports books that we will be focusing on for this event. Little Croker, Féile Fever and Tiger Boots all feature Danny Wilde and the adventures of his GAA team Littlestown Crokes

Éimear O'Connor

Seán Keating: Art Politics & Building the Irish Nation at Ballyroan Library

Dr Éimear O’Connor has made a remarkable contribution to Irish art history. She has curated two major exhibitions of the work of 20th century artist, Seán Keating, and has written several books on him, of which the most recent is Seán Keating: Art, Politics and Building the Irish Nation.

Faith O'Grady

Publishing the Inside Track. Panel Discussion with Lilliput Press at The Civic Theatre

Faith O¹Grady runs the literary department at the Lisa

Richards Agency, Dublin, Ireland¹s largest talent agency. She represents a

wide range of writers of adult and children¹s fiction and narrative

non-fiction (, including Christine Dwyer Hickey,

Alison Jameson, Paul Howard (aka Ross O¹Carroll-Kelly), David O¹Doherty, Amy

Huberman, Matt Cooper, Sheena Wilkinson, Pauline McLynn.

Vanessa O'Loughlin

Start Writing Workshop at Lucan Library

Vanessa O'Loughlin has recently developed the national writing resources website with support from the Arts Council. It is a free online magazine packed full of information for writers of all genres. She is on the board of Irish PEN and is represented by Curtis Brown, London.

In 2007 she contributed to the best selling anthology Mums the Word, and in 2010 edited and compiled The Big Book of Hope, an eclectic collection of fiction and nonfiction from over 40 of Ireland’s best selling authors, media personalities, politicians and business gurus.

Vanessa writes crime under the pen name Sam Blake and has her own website

Vanessa is a regular presenter at literary festivals around the country including The Dublin Book Festival , Waterford Writers Festival, The Dalkey Book Festival, Boyne Writers Festival and the Mountains to Sea Festival and now The Red Line Book Festival giving her own comprehensive and inspirational Start Writing and Getting Published workshops. Through these workshops Vanessa has been able to provide invaluable advice to new authors, and place several writers with agents.

Evelyn O'Rourke

Host of Q&A with Three Men Talking: Stephen James Smith, Colm Keegan & Kalle Ryan

Evelyn is a Dubliner who has worked on a wide range of radio and television programmes since joining RTÉ in 1998.

Her early years in radio followed a worrying pattern as she worked as a researcher on The Gay Byrne Show which came to an end shortly afterwards. She then moved on to work on The Arts Show with Mike Murphy which also ended shortly afterwards.

To break this unenviable trend, Evelyn moved to Today with Pat Kenny where she began her reporting career. Luckily, both the show and Evelyn thrived, and she continued to report on a number of RTÉ Radio One programmes before moving to The Gerry Ryan Show on 2fm.

Evelyn has presented a number of radio and TV shows ranging from Seoige on RTÉ One to Today with Pat Kenny, Liveline, The Gerry Ryan Show, Bridezilla and the annual leaving cert exam programme Countdown on radio.

Fintan O'Toole

Reader's Day: Chapter Two at The Civic Theatre

Fintan O'Toole (born 1958) is a columnist, literary editor, and drama critic for The Irish Times. He has written for the paper since 1988 and was drama critic for the New York Daily News from 1997 to 2001 and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is an author, literary critic, historical writer, and political commentator. His recent books have focused on the rise, fall & aftermath of Ireland's 'Celtic Tiger'. He has been a strong critic of political corruption in Ireland throughout his career.

In 2011, he was named one of "Britain's top 300 intellectuals" by The Observer,despite not being British. During Spring 2012 and 2013, O'Toole was a Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University and contributed to the Fund for Irish Studies

Kate Antosik-Parsons

Rhythm & Slam Poetry event at RUA RED

Dr. Kate Antosik-Parsons is a visual artist, writer and art historian, originally from

the San Francisco Bay Area, USA. She has been residing in Dublin for the past 12

years. Her work is concerned with motherhood, memory and the body and she is interested in the meeting point between image and text. Kate has published academic articles on performance art and gender in Ireland and was a contributor to Embers of Words, an Irish anthology of migrant poetry. She is on the Advisory Board of Artefact: The Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, which she also edited from 2010 to 2013. She is an occasional lecturer at University College Dublin and a research associate of the UCD Humanities Institute.

Louise Phillips

Ladykillers: Crime Fiction by Leading Female Writers at The Civic Theatre

Born in Dublin, Louise’s work has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. In 2009, she won the Jonathan Swift Award for her short story Last Kiss, and in 2011 she was a winner in the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform. She has also been short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition. In 2012, she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin County Council. Her bestselling debut crime novel, Red Ribbons, was shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year (2012) in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. Her eagerly awaited second psychological crime novel, The Doll’s House will be published August 2013 –

Kevin Power

Publishing the Inside Track. Panel Discussion with Lilliput Press at The Civic Theatre

Kevin Power is an Irish writer and academic. His novel Bad Day in Blackrock was published in 2008 and won the Rooney Prize for literature the following year. Lenny Abrahamson‘s 2012 film What Richard Did was based on this book.

Deirdre Purcell

Readers Day: Chapter 1 at The Civic Theatre

Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin, and educated there and in a County Mayo convent. Before turning to the writing of fiction, she lived through an eclectic set of careers, including acting, as a member of the permanent company of Ireland`s National Theatre (The Abbey), and journalism for all media - for which she won Ireland`s top awards. Her first novel, A Place of Stones, was followed by 11 other best-selling novels and six non-fiction books. Deirdre divides her time between her on-air work for RTÉ's Morning Ireland show and her latest novel which she wrote in the tranquillity of the Beara Peninsula. 

Elske Rahill

Publishing the Inside Track. Panel Discussion with Lilliput Press at The Civic Theatre

Elske Rahill was born in 1982 and educated at Trinity College Dublin. Also an actress, she has appeared on the Abbey, Gate and New Theatre stages. Author of the plays After Opium and How to Be Loved, she is currently

working on a short story collection. Her stories ŒManners¹ (2011) and ŒBride¹ (2012) were published in The Dublin Review. Her first novel,'Between Dog and Wolf', will be published in October 2013 by The Lilliput Press.

Joanne Richardson

Ladykillers: Crime Fiction by Leading Female Writers at The Civic Theatre

Joanne Richardson was County Coroner in Summit County, Colorado from 2003 to 2012. Armed with a BS in emergency health services systems management from the University of Maryland, a master's in forensic science and investigations and a master's certificate in bereavement studies, Richardson was responsible for all death investigations in Summit County. She was responsible for determining cause and manner of death, which indicates whether the death was accidental, natural, suicide or homicide. Despite having what many would perceive to be a morbid profession, Richardson is upbeat, colorful and frank about her work.

Nick Roche

Get Graphic: creating graphic novels with three of Ireland's leading creators At The Civic Theatre, Loose End Studio

Born in Wexford, Nick Roche became a fan of playing with, writing about and drawing shape-changing robots at the age of four. In almost thirty years, nothing has changed, bar the cut of his trousers and the fact that he now gets paid for it. Nick has been responsible for some of the most critically-acclaimed Transformers work from IDW Publishing, including the Kup and Megatron Spotlights, co-creating the Last Stand of The Wreckers and providing designs and artwork for the smash hit More Than Meets the Eye ongoing series. Nick has also dipped his nib in the Doctor Who and TMNT universes, and is currently working on a creator-owned project.

Kalle Ryan

Three Men Talking about things they Kinda Know About at The Civic Theatre

Kalle Ryan is a writer and performance poet from Waterford, Ireland. His energetic, passionate and wildly funny live poetry performances have seen him gain a reputation as a powerful voice in the bubbling Dublin spoken word scene. He runs and MCs one of Dublin’s most popular monthly arts nights “the brownbread mixtape”, where he also writes and performs comedy sketches with the highly regarded Brownbread Players sketch troupe. His ABSOLUTE Fringe play ‘Three Men Talking About This They Kinda Know About’ (co-written with Colm Keegan & Stephen James Smith) was shortlisted for the Bewley’s ‘Little Gem Award 2011.

Liam Ryan

Speaker at TEDxTallaght at The Civic Theatre

Liam is the CEO & Cofounder at GetHealth, colead of Health2.0's Dublin chapter, an international Healthcare Transformer in partnership with GEhealthymagination, and has been selected as one of Ireland’s top technology and startup leaders.

Liam love's his health and want's you to love your health too. He believes there is a need for a personality that will act as a catalyst for people to engage in their health and pioneer change. What Steve Jobs did for technology is now needed for the health industry.

Liam is working hard to change people’s lives, and give them the tools that they need for that to become a reality.

Ziad Salih

Rhythm & Slam Poetry event at RUA RED

Ziad Salih is an Iraqi born poet and writer living in Dublin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the College of Arts, Baghdad University. He has many years of experience in translation from English to Arabic, and has published articles and poems in several Iraqi and Arabic newspapers and magazines. Salih has translated several of the literary works of writers like T.S. Eliot, William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde into the Arabic language. He has won several poetry prizes and was a contributor to Embers of Words. 

John Sharry

Overcoming Bullying: How to Support your Child - Lunchtime at the Civic Theatre Loose End

Dr John Sharry is a solution-focused therapist and trainer with over 20 years experience working with individuals, families and organisations. A bestselling author of positive psychology and parenting books, John is also a regular contributor to radio and the national media, and is a weekly contributor to the Irish Times newspaper, writing on the subject of parenting and family life. John is well known for his engaging, inspirational yet informative and practical presentation style.

Peter Sheridan

Peter Sheridan, writer, playwright and director, brings his endearing and utterly compelling one-man-show Break a Leg to Red Line Book Festival. In Break a Leg Peter tells the story of his life in theatre, and meanwhile touches on so much more. He delves deeply into his own life as well as the wider culture and politics of Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. The theatre, seen through Sheridan’s eyes, can do much more than entertain; it can itself be a vehicle of social change. Honestly confronting his emerging problems with panic attacks and alcohol, and blending social history with memoir, Sheridan's story captures your attention from the very beginning and holds you enthralled throughout. Peter has also written two other memoirs, 44 - A Dublin Memoir and 47 Roses, both of which were hugely popular.

Gerard Siggins

Booked! Reading Sport at The Civic Theatre

Gerard Siggins is a Dubliner with a keen interest in many sports. He worked for many years in the Sunday Tribune newspaper as a sports journalist and has a big interest in Irish cricket. His book for children Rugby Spirit features a young Eoin who has just started secondary school in a famous rugby school not far from Lansdown Road. The only problem is Eoin does not play rugby. Throw in a bully and a strange ghostly character and you have the makings of a really good read. The exciting sequel to Rugby Spirit is due out in Spring 2014.

Lorna Siggins

Everest Calling: The Irish Journey at Ballyroan Library

Lorna Siggins is western and marine correspondent of The Irish Times, based in Galway. A journalist with wide experience of reporting on and participating in adventure sports, she has been to altitude in the Himalayas and covered the 1993 Irish Everest expedition for The Irish Times. She also reported from Yugoslavia during the early outbreak of war in 1992, Somalia during the famine and from Antarctica in 1997 during Irish re-creation of Shackleton Elephant Island–South Georgia voyage. The first edition of this book was listed for the prestigious Boardman-Tasker Award

Stephen James Smith 

Three Men Talking about things they Kinda Know About at The Civic Theatre

Stephen James Smith is a poet, playwright from Dublin. He has won the Cúirt International Literary Festival Poetry Grand Slam and numerous other awards. His ABSOLUTE Fringe play ‘Three Men Talking About This They Kinda Know About’ (co-written with Colm Keegan & Kalle Ryan) was shortlisted for the Bewley’s ‘Little Gem Award 2011’. In 2009 he proudly represented Ireland at the Vilenica Literary Festival Slovenia and in 2010 at Wiersze w Metrze Poland. Stephen is at the heart of poetry and spoken word in Ireland through his organisation of The Glór Sessions a weekly event of poetry and music.

In April 2011 he was invited by Culture Ireland to recite in the iconic Nuyorican Poetry Café New York. ‘Arise and Go!’ his debut album with musician Enda Reilly was selected by Hot Press as one of the best albums of 2011. In 2012 he was invited to perform his poetry in Frankfurt, Paris and in London where he was invited by The Irish Olympic House to perform for the Irish Olympians.

Dermot Somers

Everest Calling: The Irish Journey at Ballyroan Library

Dermot Somers is a writer, broadcaster and mountaineer. A member of the Irish Everest Expedition 1993, he has presented travel and adventure programmes for TG4 and RTE, including a series on great nomadic journeys of the world. His award-winning writing has been published in English and Irish. Dermot’s summit attempt in 1993 was foiled by pleurisy and a possible blood clot but he refused to be carried off the mountain because he wasn’t an ‘invalid’.

Gary Thompson

Speaker at TEDxTallaght at The Civic Theatre

Gary brings to CLOUD and the creation of a new Internet over twenty-five years of experience in business development and strategic leadership with emerging growth and leading global technology companies. His core passion and mission is “to unleash the power of people. to allow all to dream; to allow all to harness their dreams; and to collect the power of those dreams to transform lives and society.” That personal mission is the foundation behind CLOUD - the Consortium for the Local Ownership and Use of Data, Inc - a US-based nonprofit.

CLOUD was born from Gary's front line view of the battle with cancer. His own wife's breast cancer made him mad; Kethan's cancer changed him. Gary spoke of Kethan at his first TED talk at

Colm Tóibín

Readers Day: Chapter One at The Civic Theatre

Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978. When he returned to Ireland in 1978 he worked as a journalist for ‘In Dublin’, ‘Hibernia’ and ‘The Sunday Tribune’, becoming features editor of ‘In Dublin’ in 1981 and editor of Magill, Ireland’s current affairs magazine, in 1982. He left Magill in 1985 and travelled in Africa and South America. His novels include: 'The Heather Blazing (1992, winner of the Encore Award); ‘The Story of the Night’ (1996, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Prize); ‘The Blackwater Lightship’ (1999, shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize and the Booker Prize and made into a film starring Angela Lansbury); ‘The Master’ (2004, winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize; the Prix du Meilleur Livre; the LA Times Novel of the Year; and shortlisted for the Booker Prize); ‘Brooklyn’ (2009, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year). His most recent publication, ‘The Testament of Mary’, was adapted for Broadway starring Fiona Shaw. The Testament of Mary has been short-listed for the ManBooker Prize 2013, and the winner will be announced on October 15th, just before our festival!

Michael J Whelan

Against the Black Sky: Peacekeeper's Poems at RUA RED Arts Centre

Michael J. Whelan is a soldier-poet, historian and United Nations veteran.

He was 2nd Place Winner in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize 2011 & short listed in 2012, 3rd Place Winner in the Jonathan Swift Creative Writers Award & selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2012. His poems have been published widely in Literary Journals and newspapers and in the Hennessy New Irish Writing.

Michael writes powerful, emotive poems of witness, tragedy, friendship & loss brought like baggage from war zones through which many Irish soldiers have passed, he is a voice of moments in the past.

In ‘Against the Black Sky, We Listen,’ he writes poems inspired by his experiences and memories as an Irish soldier with the peacekeeping forces during the conflicts in Lebanon & Kosovo.

Tara Wood

Speaker at TEDxTallaght at The Civic Theatre

Tara was brought up in Kenya where her family is from. She studied Biological Sciences at Oxford University before founding Wildfitness in 2000 at the age of 21. Wildfitness began operating in Watamu, Kenya and since then has expanded to operate in Crete, Spain, The Isle of Wight and London. Tara continues to develop the Wildfitness courses and philosophy. 

Tara practices many different ‘Wild sports’ including kite-surfing, surfing, free diving, parkour and rock climbing. Her love is developing her ‘human potential’ and the potential of her clients and staff. Tara looks to nature and our evolutionary origins to gain insight into how we should eat, move and live to get the most out of life. However, she believes that developing our own awareness and doing the things that make us feel challenged and alive are most important of all

Tara’s underlying intent for Wildfitness is to make sure that all stake holders (clients, staff, shareholders and the environment) are all well served by the business. Tara has worked with the leading thinkers in natural and evolutionary fitness including Frank Forencich, Nicholas Romanov, Lee Saxby and Erwan Le Corre to develop the courses. Tara delivers a 4 day Wildfitness Coaches’ training event once or twice a year in UK and also speaks at corporate and fitness events. She is based between Kenya and London and is currently authoring the Wildfitness book.