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On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist

Michael Harding
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Michael Harding
Hachette Books Ireland

Talking to Strangers

Michael Harding
Authors:
Michael Harding

'It's always a bad idea to go online and book a flight when you've had too much wine. You never know where you might end up.'This was how Michael Harding found himself in a strange flat in Bucharest in January 2015, which set the tone for the rest of the year.After a stint in the Gaiety Theatre production of The Field, Harding returned to the tranquil hills above Lough Allen and began to imagine what his little cottage might look like if he got a few builders to tear a hole in the wall to add on another room. Surely an extension would give him a renewed sense of purpose in life, as he approached old age.But as the walls of his home crumbled, so too did his mental health, and he fell, once again, into depression -- that great darkness where life feels like nothing more than a waste of time.And yet, it is in that great darkness that we discover what really makes us human.

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Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking

Michael Harding
Authors:
Michael Harding

Throughout his life, Michael Harding has lived with a sense of emptiness - through faith, marriage, fatherhood and his career as a writer, a pervading sense of darkness and unease remained.When he was fifty-eight, he became physically ill and found himself in the grip of a deep melancholy. Here, in this beautifully written memoir, he talks with openness and honesty about his journey: leaving the priesthood when he was in his thirties, settling in Leitrim with his artist wife, the depression that eventually overwhelmed him, and how, ultimately, he found a way out of the dark, by accepting the fragility of love and the importance of now.Staring at Lakes started out as a book about depression. And then became a story about growing old, the essence of love and marriage - and sitting in cars, staring at lakes.

Aidan Storey

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

Alan O'Mara

Alan O'Mara is a Gaelic footballer with Cavan and an Ulster u21 champion. In 2013, when he was just twenty-two years of age, he went public about his experience with depression.Since then, Alan has become a leading mental health advocate in Ireland and is an ambassador to the HSE's 'Little Things' campaign and the Gaelic Player's Association.In 2016, Alan founded 'Real Talks' to facilitate discussions on the importance of mental health, effective communication, personal leadership and resilience in schools, the workplace, sports teams and other communities.

Alana Kirk

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.

Brian O'connor

Brian O'Connor is an award-winning journalist who has worked on various national newspapers such as Sunday Tribune, Irish Times and the London Times. He was racing correspondent with the Irish Press for four years and has been racing correspondent with the Irish Times since 1997. Brian is married with two children.

Christine Horgan

Christine Horgan lives in Kinsale, Co Cork with her husband Pat.

David Moore

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.

Deirdre Purcell

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 regularly presents 'What it says in the papers' on RTE's Morning Ireland.

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

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).

James Durney

James Durney is a graduate of NUI, Maynooth. He was born in Naas, Co. Kildare, in 1961 and is married with two grown-up children. An award-winning writer, he has written extensively on Irish affairs, including award-winning books on organised crime in America and the Irish revolutionary period. James has also worked on several radio and TV documentaries and was a consultant on TG4's Mobs Mheiriceá (American Mobs).

John Devane

John Devane still practices as a lawyer in his home town of Limerick, Ireland. He is married with a family.

Kari Rosvall

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.

Mary Kennedy

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.

Michael Harding

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.

Naomi Linehan

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.

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Neil Fetherstonhaugh was born in Dublin in 1971. After graduating from college in 1990. he worked on a number of local newspapers before leaving to go backpacking in the Middle East, North Africa and across Europe. In 1998 he travelled across the United States, Mexico and central America. Neil returned to Ireland in 1999 and took up a job as a reporter with the Northside People newspaper. Since then he has written two books, and appeared on TV and radio shows. He still travels extensively.

Niall Breslin

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.