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The Agency

Since founding the Marianne Gunn O’Connor Literary, Film & TV Agency over two decades ago in Dublin – one of the world’s leading capitals of literature – Marianne Gunn O’Connor has devoted all of her energies to nurturing emerging talent and discovering new voices. 

Mariane represents a diverse range of authors from across the globe. She honours their gifts by giving them the freedom to express their artistic vision and by getting them the best deals possible. Through connections she has built up over the years, Marianne works with publishers worldwide who share her vision for her authors’ future, bringing the highest levels of enthusiasm, creativity and collaboration to her clients’ work. She has sold extensively to publishers in Ireland, UK, USA and in Europe. Marianne is proud to represent Booker-shortlisted, New York Times, Sunday Times and Irish bestsellers, winners of the IMPAC and Goldsmith’s book awards, as well as much-loved popular and children’s authors. She has negotiated several seven-figure deals both in publishing and in Film & TV. With the help of her co-agents she has sold clients’ work in over fifty territories.

She also has close ties to many in the Irish and UK film industry which she has developed while negotiating major deals for Film and TV rights, and in the US has partnered with CAA Creative Artist Agency, the biggest agency for Film and TV rights in America. When it comes to what she can do for her clients, Marianne quotes Emily Dickinson: ‘I dwell in Possibility’.

Marianne works with experienced and talented editors to provide her authors with the best editorial advice.

Alison Walsh has worked as an editor for more than thirty years. She began her career in HarperCollins, editing popular fiction, before moving to Orion, then Gill, where she developed her own fiction list. She has been a freelance editor since 2005, during which time she has edited a number of bestselling books and worked with many authors, from debut novelists to celebrity memoirists. There is nothing Alison likes better than working with writers at any stage of their careers, discussing ideas and helping them to develop their work. Writing is a lonely business, so she relishes making the editing process positive and encouraging, as well as seeing authors flourish.

Dan Bolger was born in the US and completed his MPhil in Irish Writing at Trinity College, Dublin. Now, he is a professional editor with over 15 years experience in publishing, primarily in literary fiction. He was the Editorial Director of New Island Books, publishing such authors as Mia Gallagher, Oisín Fagan, June Caldwell, Dermot Bolger and Sue Rainsford where his authors went on to achieve international success and win multiple awards. He is also a contributing editor to the Stinging Fly. Working with new authors is one of his greatest pleasures, and he believes that the potential of literature to expand our minds is limitless.


Office/Admin Manager and Co-Ordinator
Patrick Lynch


Business/Finance Manager& Strategist
Mary Lavan


Legal Affairs and Film/TV contracts

Gerard O’Herlihy

Arthur McLean Solicitors

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