Masterclass: Doctors as Writers

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Doctors as Writers – A Masterclass

22 September 2021 | 5.30pm - 7.30pm

This ‘Masterclass with a difference’ will explore the growing phenomenon of doctors who are writing about their experiences. It is an opportunity to hear and learn from doctors who have written memoirs and shared their experiences of medical practice. Join us for what promises to be a lively and entertaining evening that will touch on topics such as motivation for writing, the publishing process, how to structure and organise your thoughts and much more.

 Speakers and Topics

• 'Things I didn't know'

Dr Seamus O’Mahony, a recently-retired Consultant Gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital and award-winning author of The Way We Die Now and Can Medicine Be Cured?. His new book is called The Ministry of Bodies. Dr O'Mahony’s talk will focus on his extensive writing experiences.

• 'There's always a deadline'

Dr Liam Farrell is a GP, writer and broadcaster. He is the author of ‘Are You the F**king Doctor?’ as well as being an award-winning columnist, having written for the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, the Journal of General Practice and GP magazine. His talk will be on the discipline of writing to timelines.

• 'Leaving a legacy'

Dr Lucia Gannon, GP, writer, author of All in a Doctors Day: Memoirs of an Irish Country Practice. Dr Gannon’s talk will be about her dual roles as doctor and writer.


Dr Paul Carson, a doctor and novelist who's medical thrillers have been translated into 20 languages. Dr Carson will talk about his experience working in the genre. 


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Dr Seamus O'Mahony

Seamus O’Mahony is a physician and author. His first book: The Way We Die Now won the British Medical Association’s Council Chair’s Choice Book Award in 2017. His second book Can Medicine Be Cured? was published in 2019. His new book, The Ministry of Bodies is published by Head of Zeus. He is visiting professor at the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books and the Medical Independent, and has written also for The Irish Times, the Observer and the Saturday Evening Post.

Dr Paul Carson

Paul Carson is a medical doctor and writer. He has published 15 books, 7 health books, two children’s books and 6 number 1 bestselling medical thrillers (Scalpel - 1997, Cold Steel- 1998, Final Duty- 2003, Ambush -2004, Betryal - 2004 & Inquest - 2013). Scalpel was an immediate Irish Times number 1 bestseller, staying 17 weeks at the top spot and a total of 33 weeks in the top 5 bestseller list, still the record for a first time novel. It was optioned for TV by Tyrone Productions of Riverdance fame. Inquest was short-listed for the Irish Book of the Year in 2013. His thrillers have been translated into twenty languages. He is the Medical Director at his highly successful company Allergy Ireland. His writer’s website is

Dr Liam Farrell

Dr Liam Farrell is the author of Are You the F**king Doctor?. A UCD graduate, he was a family doctor in Crossmaglen for 20 years and MacMillan Fellow in Palliative Care. An award-winning columnist, he has been published in the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, the Journal of General Practice and GP magazine. He was Columnist of the Year at the UK Magazine Awards in 2005, the Irish Medical Media Awards 2002, and the UK Medical Journalists Association 2011. He presented A Country Practice for BBC NI and HealthCheck for UTV, and was medical correspondent for BBC NI Radio news from 1996-1998. He is a Fellow of the Society of Medical Writers. He curated the #IrishMed and #WritersWise tweetchats, and received the Advancing Health through Media award at the Zenith Global Healthcare Awards 2018. His wife, Brid, is a consultant in Public Health Medicine. He has three children: Jack (in Washington), Katie (in London) and Grace (in Dublin).

Dr Lucia Gannon

Dr Lucia Gannon, MRCGP, FRCGP is the author of All in a Doctor’s Day: Memoirs of an Irish Country Practice, published by Gill Books in April 2019. Lucia re-discovered the joy of writing while composing essays for an MSc. in Applied Positive Psychology in 2012. Since then she has contributed a regular column to the Medical Independent. One of those columns - “The Art of Gracious Acceptance” - resulted in an offer of a publishing deal for a book about her experience of being an Irish general practitioner. All in a Doctor’s Day immediately entered the Irish non-fiction bestsellers list at number three and has been described as "an engaging, honest and insightful blend of medicine, poetry and philosophy”.

Lucia works full-time as a GP with her husband, Dr Liam Meagher, in Killenaule, Co. Tipperary and is Assistant Programme Director with the South East GP Training Scheme. She has three grown-up children, one of whom is also training to be a GP. She is currently working on another book exploring the role of compassion in everyday lives.

You can follow Lucia on Twitter (@LuciaGannon), on her Facebook author page:, or read her monthly columns on

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