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Established Local Writers

Welcome to the Established Local Writers section of Get Writing NI!

Northern Ireland is filled with talented writers and poets, some of whom have established themselves within the literary world and are an inspiration to many.

We've tracked down these local writers to find out how they climbed the ladder of success and asked them to give a personal insight into the world writing in the hope it inspires you to Get Writing.

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John McAllister

John McAllister is an author from Armagh, whose debut novel, a thriller entitled 'Line of Flight' was published in 2006.

Watch video clips of John talking about how he got into writing and what his plans are for the future.

Colin Bateman

Colin Bateman is a recognisable author from Bangor, whose books have been adapted for the silver screen.

Watch video clips of Colin talking about how he got into writing and his writing style.

Deirdre Cartmill

Deirdre Cartmill is a Poet and Screenwriter who lives in Belfast.

Watch video clips of Deirdre talking about her writing and her plans for the future.

Ian Sansom

Watch video clips of an interview with Ian Sansom, the author of 'The Mobile Library' detective series.

Hear him explain how he got his work published and sample some of his top tips for aspiring writers.

Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald is an award-winning science fiction novelist, who lives in Belfast.

Watch video clips of him talking about his writing and his plans for the future.

Local Competitions

Find out more about what writing competitions are available for you to enter.


Find out about publishing opportunities and local writing organisations in the resource section.

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