Michael Harding has received numerous awards for his work in theatre, fiction and memoir and has been writer-in-residence in numerous institutions, including Trinity College and the Abbey Theatre. His Chronicle of the Midlands (2006-2016), a personal meta-fiction, has appeared as a weekly column in the Irish Times for almost a decade. Most recently he has authored three volumes of memoir, Staring at Lakes, Hanging with the Elephant, and Talking to Strangers.
Shane Connaughton is an acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and actor. His screenplay for 'My Left Foot' was shortlisted for an Academy Award and he won an Oscar for Best Short Film for 'The Dollar Bottom' in 1980. Shane’s latest novel, Married Quarters, is a long-awaited sequel to his best-selling A Border Station, which has recently been republished.