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Confessions of a Celtic/UK émigré

Lizzy Blythe-Shannon
2 February
Lizzy Blythe-Shannon was born and bred in Northern Ireland, now lives at the End of the Oregon Trail, and collects air miles so she doesn't have to return by covered wagon.

​A bestselling author and editor, her published works span many genres, including science fiction, Celtic nonfiction, fantasy, screenplays, and stage plays. Having grown up in Belfast, Lizzy's latest novel is set amidst the worst era of Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' in the 70's, and based on true events in her life.

She is currently working with actor and author Clive Geraghty on translating her Great-Uncle Ernest Blythe’s memoirs from Irish into English for his biography. A fascinating insight into one of the few Ulster Protestants who joined the Irish Volunteers and played an active role in planning the Easter Uprising of 1916.

Lizzy's career is as varied as the genres she writes. Starting out as a library assistant in a Northern Irish rural town, she moved on to study Theater Arts and Literature in London, and toured the United Kingdom as a professional actress. Roles ranged from the goddess Hecate in Shakespeare's Macbeth to Gustav, the Amazing Dancing Bear in a clown troupe.