Two formidable women meet: popular fiction author Cathy Kelly interviews former UN peacekeeper Michelle Dunne about how her experiences in Lebanon inspired her writing and her third novel, While Nobody is Watching.

Beirt bhan láidir ag cur aithne ar a chéile: cuireann an t-údar ficsin mór le rá Cathy Kelly agallamh ar iar-choimeádaí síochána de chuid na Náisiún Aontaithe, Michelle Dunne, faoin mbealach ar spreag a taithí saoil sa Liobáin a cuid scríbhneoireachta agus a tríú húrscéal, While Nobody is Watching.  

Date/Data: Saturday 21 November
Time/Am: 6.30pm to 7.10pm IST/GMT

A semi-inflated football and a curious little girl.
They called it peacekeeping. For Corporal Lindsey Ryan it was anything but.
It’s been three years since that bright day in the Golan Heights and the explosion which killed two and changed the survivors forever.
Now Lindsey deals with the many problems of the city’s troubled youth, to distract her from her own. But as damp days turn to night the kids return home, or somewhere like it, and she returns to her own private war. One that exists solely for her.
Certain that she’s being watched and certain that she’s losing her mind, Lindsey battles with the demons of post traumatic stress, while a very real threat edges ever closer until she finds herself face to face with someone who wants nothing more than to finally help her to die.
And it’s the last person she ever could have seen coming.

Blue helmets and blurred lines – While Nobody is Watching delves into the dark world of PTSD and a battle scarred soldier struggling to find a place in her new world.

Michelle Dunne

From a childhood immersed in coastal rowing Michelle Dunne made her way to South Lebanon wearing the blue helmet of the UN with the Irish Army’s B-Company. While Nobody is Watching, Michelle’s third book, is a psychological thriller that draws from her military experiences and the types of relationships that form within its ranks.

Cathy Kelly

One of Ireland’s most successful authors Cathy Kelly’s warm and witty take on life has led her books to be No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Ireland and Australia since her first book was published in 1997. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS. Cathy’s most recent novel, published last year is The Family Gift

Join Michelle and Cathy as they talk about the inspiration behind Michelle’s new novel
ONLINE – Date: Saturday 21st November Time: 6.30pm to 7.10pm IST/GMT