Women in Media
We are delighted to have such a rich guest speaker list at the Women in Media 2022 conference. Below are brief biographies of this year guest speakers.
Anna McPartlin - Novelist & Screenwriter
Anna McPartlin is an International Best Selling Novelist & Screenwriter. Her debut novel Pack Up the Moon was released in 2006. Born in Dublin, as a teenager she grew up with her aunt and uncle in Kenmare, County Kerry. She studied marketing before working as a stand-up comedian.
Claudia Carroll - Writer & Actress
From the age of four, Claudia would put on little plays at home, then charge her family for the privilege of seeing her act out stories, all dressed up in one of her mother’s old nighties. And that’s pretty much all she’s ever tried to do since; entertain people.
As a bestselling author, Claudia Carroll has published seventeen novels, four of her books have been optioned, two for movies and two for TV. Her books regularly reach number one in Ireland, they’re widely translated, and in the UK, she’s a Sunday Times bestseller. To date, she’s written about three love affairs, five crazy mothers, two fractured sibling relationships, one cancelled wedding, a recovering alcoholic, five marriage break ups, two stately homes, and not forgetting countless online romances that go skew-ways. In 2018, Claudia published The Secrets of Primrose Square and the stage adaptation marks her debut as a playwright. During Covid lockdown, the book was one of the top ten downloaded books across all genres, both in Ireland and the UK.
As an actor, she’s best known for her recurring role as Nicola Prendergast in RTE’s long running soap, Fair City, a character so snooty and ‘up herself’, if she moved in next door to you, you’d have to sell up and leave. You’d have no choice. Claudia is very excited about her new book, The Love Algorithm, which will be published in hardback by Bonnier Zaffre in August 2022.
Barbara Scully - Freelance Columnist and Broadcaster
Barbara Scully is a freelance columnist and broadcaster. She is regularly published in the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner. Barbara also contributes to programmes on both RTE and TV3. Along with Declan Buckley she helps to solve problems on the Moncrieff Show on Newstalk every Monday.
Barbara lives in Dublin with her husband, two of her three daughters, four cats and an elderly deaf dog.
Miriam O'Callaghan - Journalist & Broadcaster RTE's PrimeTime
Miriam O'Callaghan presents RTÉ’s flagship current affairs television programme Prime Time. Before joining RTÉ, Miriam worked for ten years in British television, seven of those as a reporter for BBC 2’s Newsnight programme. Miriam was born and raised in Dublin. Her father Jerry O’Callaghan, a civil servant, was brought up on a small farm in Co. Kerry and much of Miriam’s childhood was spent in Kerry.
Stephen Donnelly - Minister for Health
Stephen Donnelly (born 14 December 1975) is a Fianna Fáil politician who has served as Minister for Health since June 2020. He has been a TD for the Wicklow constituency since 2011.
On his election to Dáil Éireann, Donnelly first sat as an Independent deputy. He then co-founded the Social Democrats in 2015, becoming joint leader of the new party. He left the Social Democrats in 2016, and represented Wicklow as an independent before joining Fianna Fáil in February 2017.