Louise O Neill

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Bert Wright: “Of all recent Irish novels, none addresses the dilemma of the Irish writer caught between the rock of tradition and the cold hard place that Ireland has become more urgently than Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void”

After half a lifetime spent curating literary events, there is one audience question to which I remain violently allergic. It usually comes at the end(...)

Authors Kim Hood, James Dawson and Louise O’Neill at the recent Children’s Books Ireland conference

“For me, young adult literature is one of the most exciting kinds of literature we have,” Dr Padraic Whyte begins. It is day one of the annual Childre(...)

Ciara McVeigh: Whether you’re a new indie writer starting out or a grizzled old veteran with a marketing team, social media gives you the privilege to talk directly to the people who buy your books

In our digital age, social media and writers go together like chips and curry sauce, jam and doughnuts, or in some cases, nails and blackboards. Is(...)

Louise O’Neill. Photograph: Anna Groniecka

Everything about Louise O’Neill’s second novel, Asking for It, is provocative. The title, the unlikable heroine, her unlikable friends, the goldfish s(...)

Louise O’Neill: with both Only Ever Yours and Asking For It, I had this strange, indelible sense that I had to be the person to write those books, that it was meant to be in some way. It’s a bit like falling in love, when you somehow just know that the person standing in front of you is the person you’re meant to be with

As a writer, people often ask you where the ideas for your work come from. It’s an almost impossible question to answer – it could be the lyrics of a (...)

In recent years, young adult fiction has moved from the fantastical and the dystopian to an altogether more compelling and trickier terrain: real l(...)

Serena Williams beating her sister Venus at Wimbledon on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

The Irish Times produced a Women’s Power List recently because, first, we’re worth it and, second, the BBC’s Women’s Hour radio programme had done (...)

Have you heard who is on The Irish Times Women’s Power List?

All of the women on the BBC programme’s list, which was released this week, “have an exceptionally large impact on our lives, not just because of t(...)

Louise O’Neill: Niamh was passionate about the book, she wrote me this beautiful letter about why she wanted to work on this book and how she felt that she could help me fulfil the book’s potential. She seemed to truly understood what I was trying to achieve. Most of all, I just liked her as a person – I thought she was funny and interesting. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Louise O’Neill was born in 1985 in Clonakilty, Co Cork. Her debut novel, Only Ever Yours, was published by Quercus in 2014 and won the inaugural Bo(...)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Louise O’Neill was asked by a number of editors to change the ending of her dystopian novel Only Ever Yours and to make her main character “spunkier” (“the Katniss effect”)

Having been called a "swot" by certain fellow Young Adult writers for scribbling notes throughout the Going Too Far? YA discussion panel at the eve(...)

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