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Red Line Book Festival 2016

Gearoid Lynch 

Chef Gearóid Lynch and his wife Tara are the proprietors of The Olde Post Inn in Cloverhill, Co Cavan. The award-winning fine-dining restaurant and charming guesthouse is located in the heart of the Cavan’s Lakelands where the couple both grew up.

The young chef began to hone his culinary skills at Killybeg’s Tourism College on their Professional Cookery Course. From there he gained his professional experience at Thornton’s restaurant, Dublin, Le Coq Hardi Restaurant, Dublin, as well as the Michelin starred Pied à Terre in London & Lea Linster, Luxembourg.

In 2000 Gearóid won the Euro Toques Baileys Young Chef of the Year. He held the position of Commissioner General of Euro Toques Ireland for a two year term and continues to be actively involved today.

Following a diagnosis of Coeliac Disease in 2013, helearned everything he could about his condition and began to re-imagine all the meals that he has missed adapted for a new gluten-free lifestyle but with no compromise on taste. Gearóid’s first book ‘My Gluten-free Kitchen’ is full of delicious tried and tested gluten free recipes that are easy to prepare and share with your friends and family.

Diarmuid Fitzgerald

Diarmuid is a writer who writes poetry as well as haiku poetry. His poetry has been published in various literary journals in Ireland, the UK and in America. He has also written a novel as well. 

Declan Burke

Declan Burke is an author, freelance editor, journalist, devoted father and intermittently useful husband, although rarely in that order.

As a journalist and critic, he writes and broadcasts on books and film for a variety of media outlets, including the Irish Times, RTE, the Irish Examiner and the Sunday Independent.

He also the editor of TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS (2016), a collection of new short fiction from Ireland’s leading crime writers published by New Island Books. His sixth novel, THE LOST AND THE BLIND (2014), was published by Severn House. His novel CRIME ALWAYS PAYS (Severn House) was shortlisted for the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award at Crimefest in 2015. With John Connolly, he is the co-editor of BOOKS TO DIE FOR (2012), a collection of essays on the greatest crime and mystery novels written by the greatest living crime and mystery authors. The book won the non-fiction crime Anthony, Macavity and Agatha awards in 2013. His short stories and critical essays have appeared in the collections SHADOWING THE DETECTIVES (2010), UNCAGE ME (2009), THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH MYSTERIES (2011), THE QUIET QUARTER: TEN YEARS OF GREAT IRISH WRITING (2009), SILVER THREADS OF HOPE (2012) and NEW PLANET CABARET (2013), among others.

Declan Hughes

Declan Hughes co-founded Dublin's Rough Magic Theatre Company. His plays include I Can't Get Started; Love and a Bottle (adapted from Farquhar); Digging For Fire; New Morning; Halloween Night; Twenty Grand; Tartuffe (adapted from Moliere); Shiver and The Last Summer.

Declan's first novel, The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus Award for Best First PI novel and the Le Point magazine prize for best European crime novel. Subsequent novels include The Colour of Blood; The Dying Breed; All The Dead Voices and City of Lost Girls. His books have been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Theakstons, CWA New Blood Dagger and Irish Book awards.

His latest novel is All The Things You Are.

Declan lives in Dublin.

Alan Glynn

Alans first novel, The Dark Fields, was published in 2002 by Little Brown UK and Bloomsbury USA, and was later filmed as limitless with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. Winterland was published in 2009 by Picador USA USa and by Faber in the UK. It was followed in 2011 by Bloodland, which won the Bord Gaid Energy Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award, and was nominated for an Edgar. The final instalment of this 'globalisation noir 'trilogy, Graveland, was published in 2013. His latest novel, Paradime, was published in 2016.

Alex Barclay

Alex Barclay is the author of several bestselling thrillers. She studied journalism in college, and went on to work as a journalist and copywriter before writing her first novel, Darkhouse, a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, featuring NYPD detective Joe Lucchesi. This was followed by a sequel, The Caller. Alex 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. Since then, Ren has featured in Time of Death, and Alex’s most recent novel, Blood Loss.

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is Ireland’s leading literary scout, the founder of The Inkwell Group and of the online national writing resources magazine . Vanessa conceived and developed the National Emerging Writer Programme for Dublin City of Literature, and is currently working with bringing free, live, online workshops to writers worldwide.

Vanessa is the current Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.

Listen out for her regular writing slot on Sunshine 106.8fm’s Andrea Hayes Saturday Morning Live.

Ferdia Mac Anna is a director of Film and TV dramas, novelist, screenwriter and rock and roller. He was born in Dublin in 1955 and grew up in Howth, North County Dublin. He has written three novels , ‘The Last of the High Kings’ (made into a Hollywood movie starring Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea and Christina Ricci in 1996), ‘The Ship Inspector’ (screenplay in development) and ‘Cartoon City’. His memoir, ‘The Rocky Years’ (Hodder Headline) was published in 2006 and his play ‘Big Mom’ was produced at the Project Arts Centre. ‘The Last of the High Kings’ was republished in 2011 by New Island Books as part of their ‘Modern Irish Classics’ series.

He has taught Creative Writing, Screenwriting, Scriptwriting and TV broadcasting for over twenty years at DCU, Trinty College, NUI Maynooth and IADT (the national film school). He has mentored several novelists , directors and screenwriters and also worked as a ghostwriter. He has also taught studio multi-camera directing and TV presenting and he has directed and produced Short Film Dramas, Sitcoms, Documentaries, and Soaps (including Fair City and Ros na Rún).

He has just directed his first feature film, All About Eva, an old school Film Noir revenge thriller set in the horse-racing community of Kildare. 

Wayne O Connor

Irish Illustrator whose work is chiefly influenced by Fantasy, Sci Fi and Mythology. Wayne works in a variety of media but mainly Pen and Ink, Digital programs like Photoshop and Corel Painter. He has exhibited extensively and worked on a variety of traditional game designs.

Claire Hennessy

Claire is a writer, editor, & creative writing facilitator based in Dublin. She is passionate about YA books & feminism & powered by tea. Claire is the author of nine novels for young adults; all have been published by Dublin’s Poolbeg Press. Her most recent book, Every Summer, was published in May 2009.

Since the publication of her first book in 2000, she has given readings, talks, and workshops in schools and libraries around the country for children, teenagers, and adults, and has spoken at conferences on topics such as writing for children, teenagers’ reading habits, young adult fiction, and creative writing in gifted education.

Claire also teaches regularly at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at DCU, and designed and taught two courses concentrating on novel writing for the Irish Writers’ Centre for a number of terms. She is a regular reviewer for Inis magazine and contributor to . Her particular areas of interest include novel writing, novel outlining, motivation when writing, and young adult fiction. Claire is a founder director of The Big Smoke Writing Factory with whom Inkwell enjoy a close relationship. 


Raven is a San Francisco performing word artist. His poetry appears in print in his collection “The Living, the Dead and Americans” and elsewhere, but the soul of his work is in performance – solo, and as an MC in the improvisational jazz/hip hop band Mixtapes From The Underground.

Clara Rose Thornton

Clara Rose Thornton is a culture journalist, radio and television broadcaster, spoken word artist, poetry workshop instructor, and event organizer. Hailing from Chicago, she has lived in New York City, Vermont, Oregon, and Quebec in North America; in Paris, Croatia, and Germany in Europe; and currently resides in Dublin. In 2004 she founded the company InkBlot Complex to incorporate writing, editing, and entertainment services under one umbrella. InkBlot Complex focuses on the arts and their intersection with social justice, identity politics, history, and place.

Clara Rose is a multiple poetry slam champion, including the 2014/15/16 Leinster (Dublin) Slam Poetry Champion, also taking third place in the 2015 All-Ireland Poetry Slam in Belfast. Nuyorican Poets Cafe in lower Manhattan honored her at the onset of 2015 with a half-hour featured artist set. In Ireland she's been featured at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, International Literature Festival Dublin, Lingo Festival, Project Arts Centre, Trinity College, and University Colleges Cork and Dublin. A full-time touring performer, her provocative shows may be experienced in countries around the world. And in Ireland, InkBlot Complex presents Vice & Verses: Neo-Soul Brigade on last Tuesdays bimonthly.

Tadhg O'Keeffe

Tadhg O'Keefe is a professor in the School of Archaeology UCD and an expert in European Medieval Architecture and Archaeology. He has written nine books, including most recently Medieval Irish Buildings 1100 - 1600, Four Court Press, 2015 and more than 100 articles. 

Michael O Loughlin

Born in Dublin in 1958, Michael O'Loughlin has been one of the most arresting voices in Irish poetry since his debut, Stalingrad, the Street Dictionary, in 1980. He lived for many years in Barcelona and Amsterdam where many of his screenplays were filmed and is the author of an acclaimed collection of stories, The Inside Story. His poetry collections are Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary (Dublin, Raven Press, 1980); Atlantic Blues (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1982); The Diary of a Silence (Raven Arts Press, 1985); Another Nation, New & Selected Poems (Dublin, New Island Books, 1994/UK Arc Publications, 1996); In This Life (New Island Books, 2011); and Poems 1980-2015 (New Island Books, 2017).

He has also published a collection of short stories, The Inside Story (Raven Arts Press, 1999); a critical essay, After Kavanagh: Patrick Kavanagh and the Discourse of Contemporary Irish Poetry (Raven Arts Press, 1985); and his translation of the Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg’s selected poems, Hidden Weddings (Raven Arts Press, 1987). He lived for many years in continental Europe and now lives in Dublin.

Alison Spittle

Alison is a comedian, in her own words 'a crisp sandwich in human form', who has turned her hand to everything the modern comedy scene has to offer be that twitter, sketch writing, acting and of course stand up itself, including stints at the Edinburgh Fringe. Her television appearances include RTE's The Republic of Telly.

Stephen James Smith

Stephen is a poet, playwright and one of the founders of the spoken-word Lingo Festival and author and performer of the viral hit Dublin You Are. The Lingo festival was Irelands first and only spoken word festival with an eclectic lineup of fresh voices and shines a light on the most interesting spoken word artists across this country and beyond. Following his "Dublin you are' viral hit he was commissioned by St Patricks Festival to pen a poem in response to their theme for 2017 he produced 'MY Ireland' which is set to visuals by Myles O'Reilly and music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, inni-K, Saint Sister, Loah, Ye Vagabonds - all produced, recorded and mixed by Conor O'Brien. 'My Ireland' is a poem about the good, the bad and the ugly of Ireland: Savita, Magdeline laundries, Zig & Zag, Apollo House, thanking bus drivers, notions, Skelligs and Star Wars, Jobsbridge, The Fear, executions at Kilmainham jail, getting the ride in Copper Face Jacks. My Ireland "knows Dunphy is a spoofer"....

Jessica Traynor

Jessica is a writer, dramaturg and creative writing teacher based in Dublin. Her debut collection Liffey Swim is now available to buy from Dedalus Press. She was commissioned by the Salvage Press in 2016 to write a series of poems in response to Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal and by the Irish Writers Centre and the Arts Council to write a poem on Dr. Kathleen Lynn for the Easter Rising commemorations. Poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Prelude (US), The Café Review (US) Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women (Bloodaxe) If Ever You Go (Dedalus Press) Agenda (UK), Poetry Ireland Review, One (US), Windharp (Penguin), The Stony Thursday Book, Abridged,The Penny Dreadful, The Pickled Body, The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. Poems have been broadcast on RTÉ’s Poetry Programme, Arena and Sunday Miscellany. She was runner up in the 2015 Troubadour International Poetry Prize and Liffey Swim was nominated for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award for first collections, recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2014, named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013 and won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize. 

Kevin Curran 

Michael Fewer

Michael Fewer practised architecture, had an academic post in the Dublin School of Architecture for many years, and was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland when he changed direction in the year 2000 to spend more time travelling and writing. Since his first book was published in 1988, there have been a further twenty books, and since 1993 he has produced more than 400 illustrated magazine and newspaper articles. He has also illustrated books for other authors, written book reviews and was a consultant contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Ireland. He has contributed to a considerable number of radio and television programmes.

Doreen Finn

Catriona Lally

Caitriona Lally studied English Literature in Trinity College Dublin. She has had a colourful employment history, working as an abstract writer and a copywriter alongside working as a home help in New York and an English teacher in Japan. She has traveled extensively around Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Caitriona was shortlisted for 'Newcomer of the Year' in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in 2015. 

Márie T Robinson

Máire was born in Dublin City at the tender age of zero. Since then, she’s been trying to convince the world at large that her name isn’t Marie. She is the author of two books — short story collection Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart (Doire Press, 2013) and début novel Skin Paper Stone (New Island Books, 2015).Máire T. Robinson lives in Dublin. She graduated from NUI, Galway in 2008 with a Masters in Writing. Since then, her short stories have been published in the Irish Independent, Horizon Review and Crannóg Magazine. Máire was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award in Emerging Fiction in 2012, and was the overall winner of the Doire Press Chapbook Competition, 2013. Her chapbook of short stories, Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart, was published by Doire Press. Her first novel, Skin, Paper, Stone was out earlier this year.

Lisa Lambe

Lisa Lambe is an Irish singer and actress and a former member of the ensemble Celtic Woman. Her career encompasses theatre, film, television, radio, and live performances, touring both as a member of Celtic Woman and as a solo artist. is an Irish singer and actress and a former member of the ensemble Celtic Woman. Her career encompasses theatre, film, television, radio, and live performances, touring both as a member of Celtic Woman and as a solo artist. She recorded her debut solo album, Hiding Away, in Nashville in 2014. It was released in Ireland in 2015.

Matthew Ginsenan

Matthew Gilsenan was born into a hard-working farming family in North Meath. Steeped in the local musical traditions and raised by parents who shared a great love for music, from the great composers to obscure Irish folk, Matthew along with all his siblings was born to sing.

His classical training started in the Sisters of Mercy convent in Kells, Co.Meath, aged 10, and progressed to some of the great Irish and Scottish teachers. Although he ventured into opera and classical singing, Matthew never lost his love for the music of his youth, in particular the vibrant contemporary Irish music which is his great source of inspiration.

Matthew’s live singing moved from his engineering firms rock band to Ireland’s National Chamber Choir to the operatic stage and onwards, co founding The Celtic Tenors, in a sensational boardroom signing with EMI classics. Matthew has never looked back!

Dermot Bolger

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 in 2012, 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.

Anne Enright 

Marita Conlon McKenna

Joseph O'Connor 

Catherine Dunne

Myles Dungan 

Katie Donovan 

Joseph Carr - Photographer 

Roz Purcell

Miriam Lambert 

Martin Mansergh 

Eimear O'Connor 

Robert Schmuhl 

Paul Cookson 

Patrick Ryan 

Eileen Casey