Dawn O’Porter in Conversation with Bryan Dobson

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Dawn O’Porter is an author, presenter and absolute fashion ICON. She is on a mission to help people choose love and bring joy and laughter to our everyday lives whilst never shying away from a hot topic.

Dawn is the bestselling author of the YA novels ‘Paper Aeroplanes’ (Waterstones Children’s Prize nominee) and ‘Goose’. ‘The Cows’ and the Richard and Judy Book Club picks ‘So Lucky’ and ‘Cat Lady’ and her non-fiction title ‘Life in Pieces’ were all Sunday Times Best Sellers.

Starting out in TV production, she quickly landed in front of the camera, making numerous documentaries that included immersive investigations of Polygamy, Size Zero, Childbirth, Free Love, Breast Cancer and the movie Dirty Dancing.

Her journalism has appeared in multiple publications and she was the monthly columnist for Glamour magazine. She is now a full-time writer of nine books and designs dresses for Joanie Clothing. Once a prolific Instagrammer she has moved all of her thoughts, feelings and recipes to her
mighty Patreon blog.

You can currently see Dawn in most WH Smith travel stores across the UK with her Dawn Loves book recommendations. She lives with her husband Chris, her two boys Art and Valentine, her cats Myrtle and Boo, her two dogs Meatloaf and Puffin and Sandwich the tortoise.

Dawn is one of the Co-Founders of Choose Love and heads up multiple fundraising ventures for the organisation. Dawn is also a producer of Flackstock Festival, an event created in honour of her late friend, Caroline Flack.

Interviewing Dawn for Boyle Arts is Bryan Dobson, retired recently from RTÉ after 37 years with the organisation. During that time, he was in turn, presenter of the ‘This Week’ radio programme on Radio One, RTÉ Business Correspondent, Nine O’Clock TV news anchor, co-presenter of the ‘Six-One News’, presenter on ‘Morning Ireland’ on Radio One and, latterly, the presenter of the RTÉ Radio ‘News at One’.

Bryan has reported for RTÉ from South Africa, the United States, Britain and Northern Ireland; covered major events including the Northern Ireland troubles, the Good Friday Agreement, the 9/11 attacks, State visits, elections at home and abroad, the banking crash;
and for more than twenty years was one of the main presenters of RTE’s election results coverage, for local, European and general elections, as well as several referendums.

He lives in Dublin, is married to Crea, and they have two adult daughters and a grandson.

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