LOUISE O'NEILL: We must remember we are only human

We think we should struggle in life. But really, all we have to do is let go and ask a higher power for help, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I was half human child and half sea creature, salt running through my veins

I was adamant that I was not going to be one of those writers who constantly drones on about their ‘process’ — don’t mind me, I don’t have any notions! I promise! — but when I made the decision to take this summer to refill the creative well before starting a new book in the autumn, I found myself becoming the very thing which I despise. (I’m so sorry.)

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LOUISE O'NEILL: The more I spent, the more I hoped each purchase could fill that void inside me

Yes, the fashion industry itself has many issues but at its very best, it is an art form. And isn’t feminism, at its very core, about choice? asks Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: What is it about me that you hate so much?

IT WAS the start of June, really, that it became glaringly apparent to me that I was at my edge, says Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Right wing people hold those who identify as liberal up to impossible standards

When I realised the date of the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment might clash with a work commitment in London, I immediately set about organising a postal vote, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I could hear someone quietly sobbing, and jolted when I realised it was me

“Are you nervous?” This was the question people kept asking me before the premiere of Asking For It, the stage adaptation of my novel of the same name, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: The reality of being a teenager hasn’t changed much

People often ask how, as an ould wan writing fiction for young adults, I stay up to date with whatever slang that the Youth of Today are using. (Wait, is slang not cool to say anymore? Wait, is cool not cool to say anymore? HELP ME.) I usually reply by saying that I’m extremely immature, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: The subculture came to prominence after a self-proclaimed ‘incel’ ploughed a van into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and wounding 14

I was browsing an Irish website that sells sex toys (ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies, my friends) and I came across something that has haunted me ever since.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: When you’re given that ballot paper, you might think of the 12 women who will be making that lonely journey to England that day

On the day of the referendum to legalise same sex marriage, I stood at the polling booth with tears in my eyes, writes Louise O’Neill.

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