Born in California, Eileen Battersby discovered reading at an early age. After graduating from a BA in English and History at University College Dublin and then an MA on the American writer Thomas Wolfe, she became involved in journalism, initially through sports writing and book reviews. Previously the literary correspondent with the Irish Times, Eileen worked as a freelance arts journalist, writing on classical music, the visual arts, cinema and theatre. She won the National Arts Journalist of the Year Award four times. Eileen died in 2018.