Paula Elmore, Editor, The Collins Press Guide Books
I always welcome the opportunity to work with Alannahfor her professionalism, tact, diligence and ability to transform a script. She can see straight to the heart of the matter and is insightful about what is required to turn a script into a publishable prospect.
Tom Stainer, Senior Editor, Insight Guides/Berlitz Handbooks
I have worked with Alannah on several Insight/Berlitz projects. She is a pleasure to work with and has brought her wide knowledge of the tourism business in Ireland, including hotels, restaurants, attractions, outdoor activities and cultural life, to each project.
Gemma Tipton, Guest Artistic Director, Kinsale Arts Festival, 2011 and 2012
Alannah has ably hosted and interviewed John Banville and Kevin Barry, among others. She has an instinct for fielding audience responses and framing them to create an engaged, enjoyable session that really opens up a sense of the books. With a writer’s insight, she creates an atmosphere that gives fresh insight, and a sense of really knowing the authors on stage.
Liam Ronayne, Cork City Librarian
I have enjoyed working with Alannah on a number of projects. The Cork World Book Festival commissioned Alannah to be guest curator for continental European writers in 2014.
Mary Keenan, Tree Council of Ireland
Alannah came highly recommended to provide editorial assistance with our book ‘Heritage Trees of Ireland’. She will tactfully challenge any vagueness, confusion or inconsistencies in a script to ensure that the writing becomes clearer and better while remaining respectful of the writer’s style and intended message. Her work is completed in a timely, efficient and concise manner, with meticulous attention to detail and a wonderfully pleasant demeanour.
Pat Cotter, Artistic Director, Munster Literature Centre
Alannah Hopkin is a writer and teacher I have had professional dealings with over the course of thirty years. In all that time I have known her to be impeccably reliable, efficient and kind. As a writer-critic-reader she shows great taste and judgement. As a workshop leader she demonstrates an uncanny ability to combine a commitment to exacting standards along with a deep awareness of, and consideration for, the needs of her students. This is why I have engaged her services as a writer and workshop provider on many occasions.