John Doyle has been a critic for Toronto's TheGlobe and Mail since 1997 and has written its daily television column since 2000. His first book, the memoir A Great Feast of Light: Growing up Irish in the Television Age, was published to great acclaim in the US, the UK, and Canada. He has also written for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian online, The Irish Times and The Toronto Star.
Joe Duffy is the presenter of Liveline, one of the most popular radio shows in Ireland. Brought up in the working-class Dublin suburb of Ballyfermot, he was one of the first people from his area to attend Trinity College Dublin, where he became a student leader advocating access to education and social justice. He went on to a successful radio career with The Gay Byrne Show on RTE Radio One, before in 1999 becoming the presenter of Liveline. Married to June Meehan, he is the father of triplets and now lives in Clontarf in Dublin.
Keith Duggan is an award-winning senior sportswriter with the Irish Times. His previous books which enjoyed great critical acclaim include The Lifelong Season: At The Heart Of Gaelic Games (Town House 2004) and House Of Pain: Through The Rooms Of Mayo Football (Mainstream 2007) which was shortlisted for the William Hill Irish Sports Book Of The Year 2008.
Danny Ellis was born in the heart of Dublin, where he lived with his mother and siblings. He was left at the now notorious orphanage, the Artane Industrial School, where he lived for eight years until the age of sixteen. As a member of the school's boy band, he learned to read music and played the trombone. He now tours as a singer/songwriter and teaches voice and songwriting workshops. His acclaimed album, 800 VOICES is available online at dannyellismusic.com. He lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife.
Joseph Galliano is a freelance writer and editor whose work has been published in, amongst other places, The Times and the Guardian, and who is a former national magazine editor. He also edited the UK edition of this book, Dear Me: A Letter To My Sixteen-Year-Old Self.
The Irish Youth Foundation provides opportunities for children and young people facing adverse and extreme conditions to experience success in their lives through a range of programmes and projects that demonstrate the opportunities available to them.