Since her debut novel The Country Girls Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction along with a biography of James Joyce and Lord Byron. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal. Born and raised in the west of Ireland she has lived in London for many years.
Martha O'Connor is an internationally acclaimed poet. Before turning to writing full-time, she was by turns a shop assistant, waitress, latte-maker and eighth-grade teacher. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and children.
Andrew O'Connor was born in 1978 in Warragul, Victoria. He studied Arts at Melbourne University before travelling and working in central and northern Australia. For the last four years, Andrew has divided his time between stints teaching English (ESL) in various regions of Japan, and writing in Australia.
Stewart O'Nan's novels include A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, and THE NIGHT COUNTRY, and Granta has named him one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists.
Geraldine O'Neill was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, to Irish/Scottish parents. She has lived in County Offaly, Ireland, for the past ten years. She is married and has two children. In addition to writing, she works as a teacher for children with learning difficulties.
Actress, impressionist and singer, Kate has worked on a sketch show for BBC3, supplied all female voices/impressions for both 2DTV and HEDZ and in the West End she has played Cecily Cardew in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Mistress Dainty in LUST and Magenta in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. She is also lead singer in The Rocky Horror Band. She has also narrated The Charmseekers and Railway Rabbits audio series for Orion.
Since turning professional in 1992, O'Sullivan has clocked up an incredible number of awards and trophies, including the UK Championship, the China Open, the Regal Championships, the Benson and Hedges Masters and the British Open. In January 2000 O'Sullivan won the Nations Cup for England, boasting the best record of any player, 13 wins from 15 frames played.Follow him on Twitter @ronnieo147
Emer O'Toole is a scholar and writer who contributes to various online publications, including the GUARDIAN and the feminist blog VAGENDA. She is from the West of Ireland, but now lives in Montréal, where she is Assistant Professor of Irish Performance Studies at Concordia University.Follow Emer on Twitter @Emer_OToole
Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, emigrating to the US in 1997. She was the youngest author on The New Yorker's Top 20 Writers under 40 List, and one of the youngest authors ever to be extracted in the magazine. Her short story, 'The Laugh', debuted in The Atlantic Fiction Issue and was then chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2010, while her short story, 'The Sentry' appeared in the Guardian Summer Fiction Issue alongside stories by Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell. Her novel, The Tiger's Wife, has won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. She lives in New York.
Zoé Oldenbourg was born in St Petersburg in 1916 and was educated at the Lycée Molière and the Sorbonne in Paris. The author of a number of outstanding historical novels, including The World is Not Enough and The Cornerstone, which won the Prix Fémina in 1953, her historical works include Catherine of Russia and Massacre at Montségur.
Chad Oliver (1928-1993) Chad Oliver was the working name that US anthropologist and writer Symmes Chadwick Oliver used for his SF titles. He was born in Ohio but spent most of his life in Texas, where he studied for his MA. He later took a PhD in anthropology at the University of California, which lead to his appointment as a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Oliver's SF work reflected both his professional training and personal roots: much of it is set in the outdoors of the US Southwest and most of his characters are deeply involved in outdoor activities. Oliver was also always concerned with the depiction of Native American life. His first published story, "The Land of Lost Content", appeared in Super Science Stories in November 1950.
Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer who has become widely known as the presenter of BBC's flagship series A History of Scotland.Before that, his distinctive style was much in evidence as the charismatic presenter of the award-winning multi-part documentary series Coast and the author of its tie-in book.His archaeological training at Glasgow University was put to good use in BBC2's series Two Men in a Trench where he visited historic British battlefields and attempted to recreate the events of each battle. He co-wrote the two accompanying books. He has also presented the BBC series A History of Ancient Britain, Vikings, The Last Explorers and Sacred Wonders of Britain, as well as Coast Australia. He lives in Stirling with his wife and three children.Find out more at www.neiloliver.com or follow him on Twitter @NEIL_OLIVER_
The Onion is a satirical newspaper that began in 1988 and has a website, theonion.com, that attracts over 3 million viewers each week which now features the video-based ONN, Onion Network News.
Donny Osmond has worked in the entertainment industry for most of his life as a singer, songwriter, musician and actor. His popularity as an all-round entertainer continues to grow and, as well as hosting the successful US television show Donny and Marie with his sister, he has recently been turning his attention to theatre, starring in such productions as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
She was featured in SuperFreakonomics for her study on the effects of cable TV on the birthrate in India. Emily was a speaker at the 2007 TED conference, where she discussed her work on HIV in Africa.Follow Emily Oster on Twitter https://twitter.com/emily__oster.
Joanne Owen was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and studied Anthropology, Archaeology and Social Sciences at St. John's College, Cambridge. She has worked in children's bookselling and publishing ever since. Joanne plays bass guitar and accordion in a band and lives in London.
Cynthia Ozick's essays, novels and short stories have won numerous prizes and awards; THE PUTTERMESSER PAPERS was a finalist for the National Book Award and QUARREL & QUANDARY was a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel was shortlisted for the National Book Award in America. She lives in the New York City area.
Paraic O'Donnell read English & French literature at University College Dublin and holds an M.Phil. in Linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin. He lives in Wicklow, Ireland with his wife and two children. The Maker of Swans is his first novel.http://paraicodonnell.com@paraicodonnell