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 Pressand 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.