Eleanor O’Kelly-Lynch and Michelle McDonagh celebrate their debut novels in conversation with Alison Driscoll.
Eleanor O’Kelly-Lynch grew up by the sea in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. She moved to Cork at seventeen to study in UCC and get a Degree in Arts and a Higher Diploma in Education. Throughout her career in teaching, in radio and as a business owner, she carried the dream of writing a novel. “The Girl with Special Knees” is her first book with a sequel to follow. Eleanor lives in picturesque Glanmire with her husband and daughter.
Michelle McDonagh has been writing stories since she was a child in primary school. After over 20 years as a journalist freelancing for The Irish Times and other publications, she took a step back from journalism to focus on writing her first novel. Her debut novel There’s Something I Have To Tell You was published by Hachette Ireland on 13 April 2023.
Alison Driscoll is a writer and workshop facilitator from Cork. She was awarded a scholarship to pursue her passion for creative writing and completed the MA Creative Writing in UCC. Her work has been published online and in print.
Cork World Book Fest 2023
Cork World Book Festival is back for 2023 and will welcome Irish and international writers to Cork for an extravaganza of books and writing this April. This will be the 19th edition of the popular literary festival, featuring more exciting author visits, workshops and events in Triskel, Cork City Library, Grand Parade and Tuckey Street.