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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LOUISE O'NEILL: Had my love for Disney and Barbies and ‘Sweet Valley High’ contributed to my desperate desire to be thin and beautiful?

It was the summer of 2016 when Lauren Fortune, the fiction editorial director at Scholastic publishing, contacted me, asking if I would be interested in writing a feminist re-imagining of The Little Mermaid, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: If the quantity of voice notes I send daily is anything to go by, I am developing an unhealthy dependence on them

On a recent episode of one of my favourite podcasts, the High Low, the journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes discussed the increasing popularity of sending voice notes on WhatsApp.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Unlike today, my sister and I were allowed to become bored

It was my Granny Murphy’s birthday recently. She probably wouldn’t be too pleased with me if I revealed her exact age in De Paper but let’s just say that it was a considerable milestone, one that many of us would be delighted to reach, writes Louise O’Neill. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: 'I am fearful that fatigue may be become an issue for those in the middle, those who are unsure of how they are going to vote'

With a month left until the referendum to repeal the eighth amendment, campaigning has intensified on both sides, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: It makes me wonder if it’s not my accent that’s annoying, but my voice

There have been a few charges levied at me recently, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Nothing should undermine our desire to call ourselves artists

What voices are being lost to us because making art has increasingly become the preserve of those who have the fiscal means to do so? asks Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I didn’t want to get out of bed because I was so strangely fearful, and I didn’t even know what it was that I was afraid of

Publication week is always a strange time, says Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Ulster rape trial: Toxic masculinity culture must not win

For generations in Ireland, women’s sexuality has been seen as a dangerous force that needed to be controlled, says Louise O’Neill

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