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...in which writers talk about their current projects by answering strange and senseless questions. If you've got a book out and you'd like to be featured here, give me a shout. (The first two questions are courtesy of Melvin the Bridgekeeper - pictured.) 

12 If I Was a Child Again

9781842236000This time Literary Love Fest brings you a book of many voices united for a common cause, If I Was a Child Again, a charity collection aimed at raising funds for Barnardos.

11 A.W. Timmons

exam16112013hereisnoplace largeA.W. Timmons returned to his native Ireland after several years working as an architect abroad and completed an MA in creative writing from University College Dublin. His first novel, Here in No Place, was a winner at the renowned 2012 Novel Fair at the Irish Writers' Centre. A taciturn man of few but well-chosen words, A.W. Timmons lives under a log in County Wicklow. He is also a member of the infamous Library Bar Group.


10 Ian Flitcroft

Ian Flitcroft is an author, eye surgeon, alumnus of Oxford University and a long-term member of the Slow untitledFood Movement in Ireland. He has also published Journey by Starlight, an illustrated guide to life, the universe and everything. The Reluctant Cannibals, Ian's first novel, was a winner of a place at the legendary Irish Writers' Centre's inaugural Novel Fair in 2012 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Ian mostly travels by jetpack. I have it on good authority that he does not eat people.


09 Writers Web TV

Something new on Literary Love Fest - taking a break from novels and novelists to bring you the word on Writers VanessaScreenShotWeb TV, a charming new initiative originating in Ireland and broadcast anywhere in the world.


08 Niamh Boyce

Niamh Boyce is a novelist and poet who was the winner of the 2012 Hennessey AwardThe-Herbalist-Niamh-Boyce-220x330 for Irish Writing. In the same year, her book The Herbalist won a place at the Irish Writers' Centre's inaugural Novel Fair and was quickly snapped up by Penguin Ireland. The Herbalist is her first novel, which has won praise and awards and is in the running for IMPAC this year.


07 Seymour Hamilton

Seymour Hamilton is a writer and professor of literature who has lived and taught on the east and west coasts of Canada and many places in between. He alsoAstreya-Cover-Vectis-PDF-Front3-202x300 knows his way around a boat, as is evident from the first pages of his fantasy trilogy, Astreya, and in his bio he stresses that he is from a seagoing family going back many generations. Seymour first contacted me after a blog article I wrote about living in a hippy cabin on the North Mountain in Nova Scotia caught his eye - it's an area we both know well. Astreya, Book 1 is Seymour's first novel.


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