Ferdia Mac Anna
Ferdia Mac Anna is the author of THE LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS, THE SHIP INSPECTOR and BALD HEAD, a memoir of his battle against cancer, which became an Irish bestseller. After an early career as a rock star with his group, Rocky de Valera and the Cowboys, he now works as a radio journalist and screenwriter. Ferdia Mac Anna was the editor of THE PENGUIN BOOK OF IRISH COMIC WRITING (1994).
Twenty Major was born some years ago in Dublin, Ireland. He lives on, or around, the South Circular Road with a dog called Bastardface and a cat called Throatripper. He spent his formative years on the streets of Dublin playing football, kick the can and robbing blind people with collection tins. After many years of training he became the youngest fully qualified shepherd in Ireland and by the time he was thirty he was a Shepherd Master. His best friend is called Jimmy the Bollix and they drink, on a daily basis, in Ron's bar. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 but was beaten to the gong by Bishop Desmond Tutu who ran a vigorous dirty tricks campaign against him. He has never forgiven Tutu and will one day have his revenge. His other mortal enemies include Daryl Hall, LL Cool J (who stole his rap) and any kind of clown. Twenty Major wrote a daily blog at www.twentymajor.net which was amongst the most widely read and popular in Ireland.
Arthur Mathews attended the College of Marketing and Design before (eventually) joining the Hot Press Art Department in 1985.After a spell in The Joshua Trio, he began writing for television along with fellow Hot Presser Graham Linehan.Among the shows he has created and/or written are Paris, Toast Of London, Father Ted, Hippies, Big Train, The All New Alexei Sayle Show, Brass Eye, Harry Enfield And Chums, The Fast Show, Black Books, Val Falvey TD and the film Wide Open Spaces.He has written a 'bogus memoir', Well Remembered Days (John Peel's favourite book of all time!), as well as The Craggy Island Parish Newsletters, Father Ted - The Complete Scripts (with Graham Linehan), The Book Of Poor Ould Fellas (with Declan Lynch), Angry Baby, and Toast On Toast.As a cartoonist he contributed 'Charles J. Haughey's Believe It or Not' to Hot Press, 'Doctor Crawshaft's World Of Pop' to the New Musical Express and 'The Chairman' to the Observer Sport Monthly.In the theatre, he created and co-wrote the long running musical I, Keano.On radio he has created and written The Golden Age and Men About The House for BBC Radio 4 and Luneen Live (co-written with Paul Woodfull) for RTÉ.He regards his annual Border Fascist contribution to Hot Press as one of his finest achievements.
Jason McAteer played Premier League football for Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland AFC and, finally, Tranmere Rovers as player/coach. His international career began with a call for the Republic of Ireland and he went on to win over fifty caps. His goal against Holland, helping Ireland to a play-off which ultimately resulted in their qualification for the 2002 World Cup, has gone down as one of the most memorable moments in Irish footballing history.
Kate McCabe is married with two children and lives in Howth in County Dublin. She is a former journalist and has published several bestselling novels including The Music of Love, The Spanish Letter, The Beach Bar, The Book Club and The Man of Her Dreams. Kate's hobbies include reading, music, travelling and walking along the beach in Howth while she thinks up plots for her stories.
Henrietta McKervey was born in Belfast and now lives in Dublin. She is the author of What Becomes of Us and The Heart of Everything.Violet Hill is her third novel. @hmckervey www.henriettamckervey.com
Darragh McManus graduated from University College Cork with a BA in English and History. He writes for and is a sub-editor of the Irish Independent and also writes for the Evening Herald. He now lives in Crusheen, Co Clare with his wife Majella.
Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, Co Kerry, She has lived in the US, Canada, Africa and Europe but is now based in Limerick, Ireland. This Number One bestselling author is a consistent presence on the Irish bestseller list and she is the author of fourrteen novels including three stand alone novels set in the fictional island off the west coast of Ireland: One Summer, After the Wedding and I'll Be Home for Christmas. Her other bestsellers include: The Last Week of May, The People Next Door, Half Seven on a Thursday, Love in the Making, The Things We Do For Love, Something in Common, Two Fridays in April, The Reunion and The Anniversary. She has also written books for children. Connect with Roisin Meaney on @roisinmeaneywww.roisinmeaney.com
Zoe Miller is married with three children. She lives in Dublin.Her novels include A Question of Betrayal, Someone New, A Husband's Confession, The Compromise and A House Full of Secrets.
David Moore was born in London and reared in Buckinghamshire, England. The child of an Irish mother and jazz-addicted English father, David spent many childhood summers in Ireland. He graduated from Cambridge with first-class honours in English and Dark Age history, and continued his studies at Trinity College Dublin, gaining a masters degree in Anglo-Irish Literature. Entering the world of freelance journalism, his work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner and The Illustrated London News, but like many in his generation, most of his working life has been spent in front of a computer. His employment in the internet industry took him from Clonskeagh to Kansas, where he spent 18 months at Kansas State University as 'our man on the prairie' for his Irish employers. He moved to San Francisco in the middle of the dotcom frenzy, before deciding that he'd never meant to get into technology in the first place. He returned to Ireland to try and figure out what he was meant to get into. He's still not sure, but The Accidental Pilgrim marks one attempt to find out. David Moore recently married, and lives in Dublin.
Richard Moore was born in Derry in 1962. At the age of 10 he was blinded after being shot by a British soldier by a rubber bullet. He went on to live an astounding life - father, musician, businessman. He worked in the area of peace and reconciliation during the Northern Ireland peace process, famously meeting and befriending the soldier responsible for his blindness. In 1996 he founded the charity 'Children in Crossfire', which aims to 'make a lasting and significant contribution towards the eradication of poverty' and which helps children all over the world. Richard lives in Northern Ireland with his wife and two daughters.
Melanie Murphy is an award-winning lifestyle YouTuber and all round social media person slash 'virtual best friend' from Dublin, Ireland. She has reached almost fifty million people with her videos on self-care, body confidence, hobbies and happiness, from the office that is her bedroom.
Clodagh Murphy was born in Dublin in 1961. She moved to London in the 1980s and lived there for several years. She currently lives in Dublin with her beloved laptop. She is an aunt to five nephews and one niece.
As RTE's business correspondent, David Murphy has been in the front line of the banking crisis daily. The 2008 winner of Business Broadcast Journalist of the year, he is a former deputy business editor of the Irish Independent.