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 ten 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
Roisin Ingle was born in Dublin where she still lives. She works as a columnist and journalist with the Irish Times.
Michelle Jackson is the bestselling author of three novels Two Days in Biarritz, Three Nights in New York and One Kiss in Havana. In the 1980s Michelle attended the National College of Art and Design where she majored in printed textiles for fashion. She has spent seventeen years teaching art at secondary level in Dublin and also lectured in fashion appreciation and history at third level in Oxford, UK. Michelle lives in Howth, Co Dublin with her husband and two children.
Helen James is a leading designer and lifestyle/cookery blogger whose Considered range for Dunnes Stores has made her a household name in Ireland. She previously worked as Design Director for Donna Karan Home in New York and was co-presenter of RTE's Home of the Year. She is a mother to three boys and lives in Dublin. A Sense of Home is her first book.
Born in 1950 in Sligo, Ireland, Neil Jordan's early career began as a writer. He won The Guardian Fiction Prize for his book of short stories Night in Tunisia (1976). Since then he has gone on to publish four novels, The Past (1979), The Dream of a Beast (1983), Sunrise With Sea Monster (1994), and Shade (2004). In 1982 Neil Jordan wrote and directed his first feature film, Angel, and went on to becoming an internationally renowned filmmaker. Films include The Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy and, currently in post-production, Breakfast on Pluto. Neil Jordan lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Paul Joyce's debut film, a unique co-operation with the playwright Samuel Beckett, and exhibitions which followed, established him internationally as a film-maker and photographer in the 1980s. He showed at the National Portrait Gallery, the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Witkin Gallery in New York and his documentaries have been nominated both for International Emmy and Cable Ace Awards. Paul as also published two collaborations with David Hockney and is currently Artist in Residence at Eastwell Manor, Kent.
Christy Kenneally is a well-known Irish TV presenter and scriptwriter. Christy presented RTE's 'No Frontiers' series and is the author of numeroius bestselling fiction and non-fiction. Christy is married and lives in Wicklow.
Brian Kennedy is one of Ireland's best-loved singer-songwriters. THE ARRIVAL OF FERGAL FLYNN is his first foray into fiction, with a semi-autoobiographical story set in his hometown of Belfast. Brian now lives in Killaloe, Co Tipperary.
One of Ireland's best-loved broadcasters, Mary Kennedy's career in RTE has spanned more than three decades, including presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995. She is co-presenter of Nationwide and author of the best-selling books What Matters, Lines I Love, Paper Tigers; and Lines for Living. A mum of four, she lives in Dublin.
Alana Kirk is a writer and journalist. She has travelled the world working for charities and writing their stories. When her mum had a devastating stroke just four days after her third baby was born, her life was turned upside down. She began to blog about the struggles of being sandwiched between caring for the two ends of her life - her children and her parents. Over five years later, she is still stuck in the Sandwich Years, but finally found a way to thrive as well as survive. Alana still works for the non-profit sector as well as being a writer, and raising three girls.She is the author of Daughter, Mother, Me.
Liam Lawton is an award-winning, critically acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter and Roman Catholic priest, who was ordained in 1984. In 2004, Liam was discovered by record giants EMI, with whom he has since released numerous platinum-selling albums. Lawton's poetic lyrics are inspired by many sources including the ancient texts of Celtic Ireland, from which he also draws inspiration for his haunting melodies. His music has been used in many an auspicious occasions from the memorial services of 9/11 to concerts in such places as the Vatican, The White House and The Chicago Symphony Hall. Liam's choral music is used by choirs all over the English-speaking world and has been translated into Spanish, German and Swedish. The Hope Prayer is Liam's first book.
Aisling Leonard-Curtin is a chartered psychologist, international speaker, trainer and author. She is a peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and a functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) trainer. Aisling is the co-director of ACT Now Purposeful Living and co-creator of 5 Minute Breakouts, a global movement with the objective of helping people break out of their comfort zones, for just five minutes a day. She has been at the forefront of spreading evidence-based skills to the general public and those within mental health settings in Ireland over the past 10 years. Her passion is making complex concepts easy to understand and apply. Having struggled with anxiety in her own life, she is only too familiar with feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of breaking out of her comfort zone. Aisling writes fiction and performs improvisational comedy as her hobbies. She is always looking for new ways to break out of her comfort zone and help others to do the same.
Dr Trish Leonard-Curtin
Dr. Trish Leonard-Curtin is a psychologist, speaker, trainer and author. She loves learning the latest evidence-based therapeutic approaches and breaking these down into palatable chunks. She has trained in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP). Trish recently left CIPC within the HSE to fully dedicate her time and energy to her roles as co-director of ACT Now Purposeful Living and co-creator of 5 Minute Breakouts. Trish has struggled with depression in her own life and speaks openly about her previous in-patient admissions in adult psychiatry settings. She believes these experiences help her to understand and deliver what those struggling with depression need most- practical and tangible skills that work in the long-term.
Naomi Linehan is a journalist and documentary maker who worked in flagship current affairs and features programmes on Newstalk Radio from 2008-2014. She was born in Dublin and grew up in Zambia. In addition to her radio work, Naomi has written articles for The Irish Times and various other newspapers and magazines. Nowhere's Child is her first book.
Declan Lynch began his writing career at the age of seventeen with Ireland's rock and roll magazine Hot Press and now writes for the Sunday Independent. He is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including the acclaimed novel The Rooms, and The Ponzi Man.
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).