TOM and Giovanna Fletcher are known for their upbeat writing – he for his songwriting skills with bands McFly and McBusted and his children's books, she for her romantic fiction and blogs about being a mum.
1. When did you think about a career in writing/painting/film making and what were your first steps into it? When I want to explain the word oxymoron to my students I write the two words 'literary career' on the board.
AS SHE returned home from work as a cleaner in London one day seven years ago, the then 21-year-old Anna's life suddenly took an almost unimaginably horrific turn: bundled into a car by two men and a woman and taken to Luton airport, she was forcibly brought to the west of Ireland, where she sold into the sex industry for €30,000.
ON JUNE 27 2012 Martin McGuinness, then deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, shook hands with Queen Elizabeth backstage at the Lyric Theatre in a moment that was photographed and broadcast across the globe.
THE latest publication in a series of books documenting IRA experiences in the War of Independence and Irish Civil War, The Men Will Talk To Me: Ernie O'Malley's Interviews With The Four Northern Divisions, compiles oral histories from 14 former IRA volunteers.
THE story of a Catholic priest executed by the Nazis for his refusal to take an oath of allegiance to Hitler when drafted into in the German army is the subject of Co Down man David Rice's latest novel.