John Banville is an Irish novelist, an adapter of dramas, and a screenwriter. His novel The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guinness Peat Aviation award in 1989. His fourteenth novel, The Sea, won the Booker Prize in 2005. He has also been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize (2011); the Irish PEN Award (2013); the Austrian State Prize for Literature (2013) and the Prince of Asturias Award (2014). He has published a number of crime novels as Benjamin Black, most featuring Quirke, an Irish pathologist based in Dublin.He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007.
Suzanne Behan is the granddaughter of John Walsh otherwise known as the 50 Francis Street Photographer. A keen photographer herself she is in the process of curating the thousands of photographs of Dublin and Ireland which her grandfather took throughout his career, working from his shop on Francis Street. She lives in Kildare.
Ronnie Bellew is a freelance journalist and is currently sports feature writer for the Sunday Independent. He has worked on a variety of GAA and Sports publications as well as Ireland on Sunday, the Irish Independent, The Irish Times and the Irish Post.
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012.
Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com
Muriel Bolger is a well-known Irish journalist and award-winning travel writer. In addition to her works of fiction she has also written four books on her native city, including Dublin - City of Literature (O'Brien Press), which won the Travel Extra Travel Guide Book of the Year 2012.
Conor Bowman was born on a Thursday in the west of Ireland. He is left-handed and hates coriander. In 1986, he stood up Samuel Beckett and has always regretted it. Incredibly, he was once offered a place to study in Cambridge University and that year changed his life. His favourite writers are Graham Greene and A.M. Homes. Conor also writes songs. He has no mobile phone. He is not afraid of umbrellas and has an average sugar reading of 7.8. His hero is Elvis Presley. His favourite film is The 39 Steps. Conor works as a senior counsel and lives in Meath. He is married with four children.
Jason Brennan is a psychotherapist, counsellor and mental skills coach from Ireland who lived and worked in Wellington, New Zealand. During his time there he worked with a number of All Black players and the Super Rugby team The Hurricanes. He still works with New Zealand's national women's cricket team, the White Ferns, as well as with soccer, netball and tennis. He is a regular speaker on stress management for businesses.
Niall Breslin, known as Bressie, is an Irish musician and former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster rugby player, representing Ireland at Under-21 level in the Rugby World Cup. A native of Mullingar, he attended UCD on a sports scholarship, graduating with a BA in Economics and Sociology.He found success as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter with pop band The Blizzards, as a co-writer and producer with XIX Entertainment, and as a solo artist and music producer. He was the winning coach on the first and third seasons of The Voice of Ireland.His work in the area of mental health education and empowerment began two years ago, after his own struggles with depression and anxiety led him to open up publicly on the issue. His My1000Hours blog and training initiatives set out to explore positive and proactive ways of improving emotional fitness and managing mental stress, including through exercise, as well as educating young people about the stigma and management of mental health issues.
Juliet Bressan is a Dublin-based doctor and the bestselling author of Snow White Turtle Doves, Entanglement and Dead Wicked. She was the script advisor and medical consultant with the award-winning RTE medical drama series The Clinic and is now a tutor in creative writing at the Irish Writers Centre. Juliet is a regular commentator on health and social issues on Irish radio and television and has contributed widely to documentary film and radio in Ireland, in the UK, US and in France. Juliet is currently the resident Television Doctor with TV3's breakfast-time show, Ireland AM. She is married and has two teenage daughters.
Turtle Bunbury is a bestselling author and historian based in Ireland. His nine published books include the Vanishing Ireland series, Sporting Legends of Ireland, The Irish Pub and Living in Sri Lanka. He was also one of the presenters of the acclaimed four part Genealogy Roadshow TV series which aired on Ireland's RTE1 in August and September 2011.www.turtlebunbury.com