Siobhan Hackett, a graduate of Crawford College of Art in Cork with a Diploma in Educational Psychology, has many years' experience in dealing with teenagers. Her understanding of adolescents and the issues that trouble them has made her a source of comfort, wisdom and trust for young people. Added to this is her passionate interest in the many and differing ways that students learn, which can often prevent them enjoying the experience of school life if left unaddressed.Siobhan is the Learning Support Coordinator at the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, teaching Learning Support, Resource and Art. She lives in Tipperary with her husband and two children.
Emma Hannigan was the beloved and bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the No.1 bestseller Letters to My Daughters.Her bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf was updated and revised as All To Live For: Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope. In 2007 Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer and her eleven-year battle with cancer began. As an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland Emma worked to dispel the fears around cancer and spread hope about new treatments. In February 2018 Emma shared that her team of dedicated doctors had exhausted all avenues in terms of her treatment. She launched a social media campaign #HelpEmmaHelpOthers to raise ?100,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. Two weeks later, shortly before her death, Emma's target had been reached. In the final months of her life, Emma completed her thirteenth novel, The Gift of Friends, sending her acknowledgements to her editor just days before she passed away.
Michael Harding is an author and playwright. His creative chronicle of ordinary life in the Irish midlands is published as a weekly column in The Irish Times. He has written numerous plays for the Abbey Theatre, including Una Pooka,Misogynist and Sour Grapes, and has published three novels, Priest, The Trouble with Sarah Gullion and Bird in the Snow as well as three bestselling memoirs, Staring at Lakes, which won three BGE Irish Book awards, Hanging with the Elephant and Talking to Strangers and the bestselling On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist.
Felicity Hayes-McCoy, author of the best-selling Finfarran series, was born in Dublin, Ireland. She studied literature at UCD before moving to England in the 1970s to train as an actress. Her work as a writer ranges from TV and radio drama and documentary, to screenplays, music theatre, memoir and children's books. Her Finfarran novels are widely read on both sides of the Atlantic, and in Australia, and have been translated into six languages. She and her husband, opera director Wilf Judd, live in the West Kerry Gaeltacht and in Bermondsey, London. She blogs about life in both places on her website www.felicityhayesmccoy.co.uk and you can follow her on Twitter @fhayesmccoy and on Facebook at Felicity Hayes-McCoy Author.
Audrey Healy is a native of Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. She currently lives in Longford where she is a freelance journalist for the Longford NEWS.She has been published in both national including The Sunday Independent and Ireland on Sunday and numerous provincial newspapers as well as in trade magazines. She is a regular contributor to local radio and is an active member of her local book club and writers club.She is the author of three books.
Susannah Healy is a psychologist, mindfulness meditation teacher and hypnotherapist living in Dublin. She runs a psychological services practice in Dundrum and has published several articles on psychology-related topics in 'Irish Tatler' and 'The Irish Medical Times', as well as writing online. She has appeared several times on radio and television. She is the author of Fabulous Jelly: Use Your Brain to Lose Weight (Mercier Press).
Dr Mary Helen Hensley
Dr Mary Helen Hensley is one of Ireland's most sought-after metaphysical healers and synergestic speakers. Following a near-death experience in 1991, an ability she'd had since childhood of communicating with those in spirit significantly increased. Overnight, she found herself able to "read" the ethereal field of an individual, linking her to the person's history, gaining insights into how past experiences were creating a person's present reality, regarding their physical, emotional and spiritual health. By creating a new awareness, Mary Helen has helped hundreds turn anguish to insight, distress to discernment and heartbreak to healing. Mary Helen has also assisted numerous people with experiencing the death-process with grace, dignity and understanding, bringing perspective to life lessons, removing the fear that is so often associated with crossing over. The complete story of her life and death experiences can be found in her book, Promised By Heaven. SOCIAL MEDIAFB: Dr Mary Helen Hensley, AuthorTwitter: @docmhhYouTube: DrMaryHelenHensleyWebsite: maryhelenhensley.com
Maeve Higgins is a writer and comedian. Originally from Cobh, she now lives in New York City with an unknown number of feisty cockroaches. Together, they're all trying to make it in show-biz! A star in Ireland with two TV shows and two books of essays, We Have A Good Time, Don't We? and Off You Go, under her little belt, Maeve is making her mark on the American comedy scene, winning hearts and laughs with appearances on stage and TV, including Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and National Geographic Channel's Startalk. Maeve says 'yikes!' a lot and always means it.
Christine Horgan lives in Kinsale, Co Cork with her husband Pat.
Emily Hourican is a journalist and author. She has written features for the Sunday Independent for fifteen years, as well as Image magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and Woman and Home. She was also editor of The Dubliner Magazine. Emily's first book, a memoir titled How To (Really) Be A Mother was published in 2013. She is also the author of novels The Privileged, White Villa and The Blamed. She lives in Dublin with her family.
Arlene Hunt is originally from Wicklow, but now lives in Dublin with her husband, daughter and a melee of useless, overweight animals. She is the author of the fast-paced, Dublin based crime-thriller series featuring John Kenny and Sarah Quigley from Quik Investigataions