Time: 10:45 – 11:30
Event: Folklore in Fiction
Room: Founders Room
Ruth Frances Long and Caroline Busher take you on a journey through Irish folklore and how to use it in your fiction, complete with collaborative storytelling exercises.
Ruth Frances Long
Ruth Frances Long writes young adult fantasy such as The Treachery of Beautiful Things (Dial, 2012) and The Dubh Linn trilogy set in the world of demons, angels and fairies that exists alongside our own in modern day Dublin (A Crack in Everything (O’Brien, 2014) , A Hollow in the Hills (O’Brien, 2015) and A Darkness at the End (O’Brien, 2016) .
In 2015 she was the winner of The European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award For Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy for A Crack in Everything.
As R. F. Long she writes fantasy & paranormal romance such as The Scroll Thief, Soul Fire and the Holtlands stories (The Wolf’s Sister, the Wolf’s Mate and Songs of the Wolf) which were published with Samhain publishing and which she is currently working on re-releasing.
She lives in Ireland and works in a library of rare, unusual & occasionally crazy books. But they don’t talk to her that often.
Caroline Busher graduated with a First Class Honours MA in Creative Writing from UCD. She is the Irish Times best selling author of “The Ghosts of Magnificent Children” ( Poolbeg Press) and is represented by Trace Literary Agency- USA.
Her highly anticipated second novel “The Girl Who Ate The Stars” will be published by Poolbeg Press in March 2018.
Caroline was the “Reader in Residence” with Wexford Public Library Services in 2017. She is a writer in residence in a primary school setting and is a heritage expert with The Heritage Council of Ireland.
Caroline is the Vice Chair and curator of Wexford Literary Festival and visits schools and libraries throughout Ireland. Caroline has also appeared at some of the best literary festivals in the country and she facilities creative writing classes.
Caroline grew up in a Victorian House in the North West of England. As an only child Caroline spent her days reading books and writing fantastical stories.
When Caroline got older she moved to the South East of Ireland and strongly believes that it is the most magical place on earth.
Her house is nestled beneath the Blackstairs Mountains. But be warned if you ever go there you must tread carefully. The mountains resemble sleeping giants and legend has it that the giants might wake up someday. If you ever find yourself in this predicament, please do not fear as you are close to the oldest lighthouse in the world and a medieval castle so there are plenty of places to hide.