BRIAN GALLAGHER was born in Dublin. He is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has worked extensively in radio and television, writing many dramas and documentaries.
Brian is the author of four adult novels, and his other books of historical fiction for young readers are One Good Turn and Friend or Foe – both set in Dublin in 1916; Stormclouds, which takes place in Northern Ireland during the turbulent summer of 1969; Secrets and Shadows, a spy novel that begins with the North Strand bombings during the Second World War; Taking Sides, about the Irish Civil War; Across the Divide, set during the 1913 Lockout, Arrivals, a time-slip novel set between modern and early-twentieth-century Ontario, and Pawns, set during Ireland’s War of Independence. Brian lives with his family in Dublin.
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Andrew Gallimore was educated at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and the University of Oxford where he was part of the Reuter Foundation Fellowship Programme for International Journalism. A former print journalist, he became a television reporter working on several news and current affairs programmes in the United Kingdom. In 1996 Andrew set up an independent production house that produces documentary films for the international market. The company’s programmes have been distributed to over forty countries.
Andrew has directed The Devil’s Gardens – a series on the history of landmines; The War Detectives – a history of war crimes trials, and Journeys Into Genocide – a series on the history of genocide. He recently directed a second series on war crimes investigations for the Discovery network in the United States. He is also the author of several books: The Devil’s Gardens, a history of landmines, to accompany the landmines series, Occupation Prizefighter: The Freddie Welsh Story and A Bloody Canvas. A feature-length documentary based on A Bloody Canvas has been screened at film festivals in the United States and Europe, and a film to accompany Babyface Goes to Hollywood has also been completed.
TOM GALVIN went to Poland in 1994 to live and teach in a Polish state school for five years. He later worked as a journalist for The Warsaw Voice and Radio Polonia in Warsaw. He now works for the Evening Herald, on the Polski Herald supplement and as books editor. He has written two books for the tourist market The Little Book of Dublin and That’s Cork. He lives in Wicklow with his Polish wife, Asia.
He was awarded the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, called 'a tour de force' by the San Francisco Chronicle, a 'milestone' by the Boston Globe, and a 'breathtaking homage to extraordinary buildings and a remarkable man' by Kirkus Reviews.
Mordicai Gerstein lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
John Gibney has a PhD in History from Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Ireland and the Popish Plot (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and of a number of articles on various aspects of Irish history for BBC Northern Ireland, Éire-Ireland, Field Day Review, Irish Historical Studies. He is a regular contributor to History Ireland magazine. His radio documentary on Dublin street gangs in the 1930s, The Animal Gangs, recently aired on RTE 1’s ‘Documentary on One’ series.
ANN LOUISE GILLIGAN, PhD was appointed to the staff of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, in 1976, and has worked in the area of teacher education at undergraduate and post-graduate level for the past thirty years. She established and directed its Educational Disadvantage Centre, and has lectured and published on the philosophy of the imagination, philosophies of difference and educational equality. In 2001, she was appointed by the Irish Minister for Education to establish and chair the National Education Welfare Board. Ann Louise loves travel, wine, jazz and golf on a good day.