The daughter of a spirit medium, from her earliest memory Pamela lived in connection to the spirit world - a 'gift' that goes back many generations on the female line of her family. This gift intensified after a near death experience which occurred at a period of deep crisis in her family life. She experienced what it is to be light and love and returned to the earthly world knowing it was not her time to die, but fearless of death. Later, in her fifties, she experienced a nine-month period where, in meditation, she received messages, via words and visions, from beyond the veil about 'The Work of Light and Human Consciousness'.A graduate of English literature and philosophy, the grandmother of three is also a retired social worker who now devotes her time to spiritual development, enjoying meditation, walking in nature, silence and sending love out to the planet. From Lancashire, she also volunteers at The Monastery, Manchester, a beautiful temple of Light which awakens the spirit within.
Cork born and bred, Collette Wolfe is a mother, grandmother and activist. In 2011, her 18 year-old daughter Leanne took her own life after years of sustained bullying, which she documented in secret diaries, but never told her family about. Since discovering Leanne's diaries, Collette has worked tirelessly to educate young people across Ireland about the issues involved in bullying. She has been outspoken as the mother of a teenager who committed suicide in Ireland's media, appearing on The Late Late Show and Morning Ireland, among other shows. If I Could Hold You Again is her first book.Brian Finnegan is a Dublin-based author, journalist, ghost-writer and editor. His debut novel, The Forced Redundancy Film Club, was a published in 2012, while his follow-up, Knowing Me Knowing You, was released to critical acclaim in 2014. Brian is one of Ireland's foremost ghost-writers, the name behind several bestselling autobiographies for Irish and international celebrities.
Vogue Williams is a model, DJ and television and radio personality. She participated in TV's Stepping Out and Dancing with the Stars, Australia and won the 2015 series of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive. Her RTE documentary series Vogue Williams: On the Edge garnered widespread critical acclaim.
Alison Walsh has worked in publishing and literary journalism for a number of years. She wrote a popular and humorous column on family life for the Irish Independent for some years, and this was followed by a memoir on motherhood, In My Mother's Shoes, which became a number-one Irish bestseller in 2010. She is a regular contributor to the Sunday Independent books pages. Alison lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.Follow her on Twitter at @authoralison or visit her website at www.alisonwalsh.net
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Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian based in Belfast. He teaches on religion, storytelling and conflict transformation, and is a popular speaker at conferences and festivals in Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia. He is the leader of the Corrymeela Community, a Christian witness to peace in Northern Ireland, and is the author of two books of poetry: Readings from the Book of Exile and Sorry for Your Troubles, both published by Canterbury Press. www.padraigotuama.com
Bairbre Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. She studied Irish and History at University College Dublin, and worked as a teacher. She is sister of novelist Colm Tóibín.
Damien Tiernan is a reporter for RTE, the Irish National Broadcaster
Eirin Thompson is a mum of three and worked as a newspaper journalist before turning to novel writing. She has recently completed a masters degree from the Open University degree programme at Queen's University, Belfast. She now lives in County Armagh.
Aidan Storey is a leading Angel healer and spiritual therapist, both in Ireland and internationally. Growing up in the suburbs of Dublin, the youngest of a family of seven, Aidan recalls being visited by angels since his earliest memories. Unafraid of the beautiful, luminous spirits who watched over him, it wasn't until much later that Aidan realised not everyone could see what he could see - and not everyone shared what was to prove to be an exceptional gift for healing. His book Angels of Divine Light describes his extraordinary personal journey, when the presence of angels sustained him through years of great turmoil, bringing light and love into hislife and the lives of many others.Aidan lives in Kildare with his husband Murtagh.https://www.facebook.com/Aidan-Storey-Angels-of-Divine-Light-409524849141468/ https://www.aidanstorey.com
Rob Stears is an illustrator living in Dublin with his wife and son. He started doodling at an early age and has yet to stop. Why I Love My Mum is his first book. See more at www.robstears.ie
Susan Stairs lives in Dublin with her family. She is the acclaimed author of The Story of Before and The Boy Between.www.susanstairs.com
Internationally bestselling author Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Her novels, including the renowned City Girl trilogy, have sold over 1.4 million copies in Ireland alone, and many more millions worldwide, and her work is translated in many languages. Her most recent novels include With All My Love, A Time For Friends, and Orange Blossom Days.Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the award winning Open Door Literacy series. She has had an abiding interest in Metaphysical and Esoteric studies for many years and her spiritual book, Winter Blessings, was another bestseller. Writing Bringing Death to Life with her three best friends, soul family and fellow authors, Aidan Story, Pamela Young and Dr. Mary Helen Hensley, is the culmination of a spiritual journey together, which has been inspiring, invigorating, hilarious, and very rewarding.Find out more by visiting Patricia's Facebook page at Facebook.com/PatriciaScanlanAuthor Twitter @patriciascanl18
Kari Rosvall was born in Norway in 1944, during the Second World War. She grew up and spent her early life in Sweden, and in 1997 moved to Ireland, which she now considers her home, with her husband Sven.
Jennifer Rock is an award-winning skin lecturer and a multi-award winning dermal facialist and aesthetician. She is the founder of The Skin Nerd online skin consultancy and the Cleanse Off Mitt makeup removal tool. She has lectured alongside world-renowned dermatologists such as Dr. Marc Ronert of IMAGE Skincare and Dr. Ahmar Khan, the co-creator of the London Harley Street Medical Hospital.Jennifer realised her passion for skin health when she was brought for her first facial by her mother at the tender age of thirteen. After years of working as a skin therapist, lecturing worldwide and being the brand ambassador for multiple cosmeceutical skincare brands, she became The Skin Nerd, using social media to get skinformation out there, sometimes through the medium of song.Nowadays, you'll find her standing at the helm of The Skin Nerd HQ, on television, in the pages of well-known publications and speaking on the radio. Her end goal is to put as many people as possible on the road to skin health.
Martina Reilly, formerly known as the author Tina Reilly, lives in County Kildare with her husband and two children. Catch up with Martina on her website www.tinareilly.info, on Facebook or on Twitter @MartinaReilly
Born in Dublin in 1946, Ruairi Quinn qualified as an architect before standing for election in 1973. He has had a number of high-profile positions in various cabinets (Minister of Labour 1984-87, Minister of Finance 1994-97) and was Leader of the Labour Party from 1997 to 2002. He has three children. Malachi and Síne from his first marriage and Conan from his second.
Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin, and educated there and in a County Mayo convent. Before turning to the writing of fiction, she lived through an eclectic set of careers, including acting, as a member of the permanent company of Ireland`s National Theatre (The Abbey), and journalism for all media - for which she won Ireland's top awards. She has written numerous fiction and non-fiction bestsellers and for six years, presented 'What It Says in the Papers' slot for RTE's Morning Ireland programme, leaving in 2018 to concentrate on her writing.
Stefanie Preissner, Munich-born but Mallow-raised, is the creator of hit comedy-drama series Can't Cope, Won't Cope. The show was originally commissioned by RTÉ but since then both seasons have been broadcast on BBC and acquired by Netflix. Why Can't Everything Just Stay the Same?, her first book (published in 2017), was an Irish bestseller and nominated for an Irish Book Award. Can I Say No?, her second book, will publish in the summer of 2019.She has also produced a series of short documentaries, How To Adult, with RTÉ Player.Her one-woman theatre show, Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend, enjoyed sell-out runs in Dublin before touring internationally to Bucharest, Edinburgh and Australia, and - as a radio play - it became RTÉ's most downloaded podcast.Stefanie graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and Spanish. Alongside her career as a screenwriter and playwright, she has won several awards as an actor.She is a regular contributor to Ireland's Sunday Independent newspaper and her voice is well-recognised from her prolific voiceover career. She is currently working more projects than she can cope with due to her ongoing battle with people pleasing. She lives in Dublin and on Instagram @stefaniepreissner
Suzanne was born in 1968, into a family of postmen. A voice from the adult word said that writers did not earn a living, but journalists did. So Suzanne set her cap at that profession. She entered it at the age of 16, writing letters to newspapers. Some were published. She went to college and went on to have a career as a print and television journalist, presenter and producer in Britain, Northern and Southern Ireland. She has worked for Fleet Street, BBC, London Weekend Television, women's magazines, Ulster Television, RTE, the Irish national broadcasting station. She has been a Features Editor, a primetime presenter, a producer. In 1994 she phoned in sick one day and wrote 5,000 words on an ex prisoner and an ex nun called Broken Teapots. It was one of the winners of the prestigious Fish Short Story Competition which attracts entries from all over the world. Roddy Doyle was the judge that year. The following year she was short-listed in the same competition, judged by Germaine Greer. Then she got rejected a few times. Then she got distracted by journalism. She wrote a book on women's well being which was very well received. Being You allowed her to interview women from all walks of life about the natural conditions of their existence and the strength and hurt and inspiration they drew from it.Her first novel, The Lost Souls's Reunion was well reviewed and published in a number of different countries. Factual work has always allowed her to explore people - young and old. She has heard all their voices. Now they carry characters that belong to stories she is putting down.She got sick and had to resign from mainstream journalism. It took two years of stillness for her to work this out, but she has done so. She is back to active life, but has not announced her arrival since two boys arrived at the same time in 2001 and she is kept busy looking after them.She is consumed with interest for people and the world. This has led to some extraordinary situations, like the head of immigration in Northern Pakistan sending musicians to serenade her at dawn, taking her to no rules polo games, bending over backwards to get her into China across the Khunjerab Pass. Taking a mouth rather than mind-altering substance in a Borneo longhouse with a group of cackling women who insisted on stripping her naked and dressing her in full ceremonial gear. Her tongue was not working, so she could not object. Her then father-in-law fielded written proposals of marriage from an ardent tribesman who eventually grew threatening. She was shot at in the Australian outback, having been mistaken for a rabbit. She saw ghosts at the top of Asia's highest mountain and a man died of stab wounds in front of her in Cambodia. She lived in the back of a car for three months and has spent a night alone in the wilderness banishing ghosts. She writes a column for the Evening Herald on Friday's and for a decade she was the profiles writer and literary editor of IT Magazine and reviews. She's also been a columnist for Ireland on Sunday, Woman's Way and U magazines over the past decade. She makes regular appearances on radio and television to talk about oddities. They pay her for this and she still cannot figure out why. She is a profile writer, this has given her the opportunity to meet everyone from FW de Klerk to Isabel Allende. Her short stories and travel writing have been published in a number of different anthologies. She lives with her partner, a special needs education expert and lecturer in early childhood education and care. They have twin boys
Brent Pope is a well-known New Zealand rugby analyst and sports personality who has been living and working in Ireland for many years.