Sarah Bannan

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Krysten Ritter: Her fine debut novel features the  community of Barrens, where the town’s economic heart – a plastics conglomerate – may also be poisoning its residents.

“Do a few rashes here or there mean we should shut down the biggest employer in town?” All is not well in the aptly named community of Barrens, Indian(...)

6 Rutland Cottages Dublin 1

6 Rutland Cottages in the heart of Dublin city is home to writer Sarah Bannan. A native of the US, Bannan arrived in Ireland in 2000 to work as a lite(...)

Penguin Ireland managing director Michael McLoughlin described Liberties Press as an “outlier” at a time when book sales are recovering. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The organisation that represents the publishing industry in Ireland has said the non-payment of authors is not widespread in the books trade. Liber(...)

Seán O’Keeffe of Liberties Press: The “only way to ensure that authors and others receive what they are rightfully due is for the company to continue to trade successfully”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Liberties Press, which has published books by President Michael D Higgins, the late taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, ha(...)

Colum McCann: I feel like I have a dozen jobs but they all are pulled magnetically towards the one that truly matters. All these jobs and pastimes funnel, eventually, towards the thing that keeps me going: the act and art of storytelling. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Last month, I went to a talk at the Dublin Book Festival: Writing for Young Adults and Children – Eoin Colfer, John Connolly and Marie-Louise Fitzpat(...)

Faith O’Grady: “There is nothing better than letting an author know that they have an exciting offer from a publisher”

In March of this year, my first novel was published. There was a launch. There were interviews, readings, signings and festivals. People asked me lot(...)

Peter Fallon: As an editor – and I suspect if I have a gift it is an as editor – I hope to help, through a process of what I call “invisible mending”, that work into being as its best self. However much I contribute to a book it remains the author’s work.

Vona Groarke’s collections include Shale (1994), Other People’s Houses (1999), Flight (2002), shortlisted for the Forward Prize (UK) in 2002 and wi(...)

Brendan Barrington, left: “When editing, I try to avoid anything that comes across as pure criticism, pitting the text against some objective standard. My approach is more one of identifying elements that do not quite fit with the scheme and the implicit rules established by the author elsewhere in the text.” Greg Baxter on Brendan: “When we met, I longed to be an overwriting maximalist. Brendan, very delicately and very gradually, helped me uncover my natural style”

Greg Baxter is the author of three highly acclaimed books: The Apartment; A Preparation for Death; and Munich Airport. Originally from Texas, he ha(...)

RJ Palacio’s extraordinary young adult novel, Wonder, takes the reader through the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy with a rare facial deformity.  Wonder is moving and warm and affirming and brave, but neglected the perspective of the bully. Until last year, that is. In 2014, the author released The Julian Chapter, in which the reader is offered the bully’s voice, his account of the narrative. The 84-page supplement  denies us the easy option of characterising Julian, the bully, as without humanity or motivation

“Ignoring is what you are supposed to do with bullies, so they get bored and leave you alone. But the problem in school is that they don’t get bore(...)

Me time: Sarah Bannan writes each day from 4.30am to 6.30am. “At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or my daughter or my email, nor even social media.” Illustration: CSA/Getty

I write in a tiny crawl space in my one-bedroom cottage every morning from 4.30am to 6.30am. At that time nobody can disturb me – not my husband or(...)

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