Aidan's book "Cornflakes for Dinner - a heartbreaking comedy about family life" was published in 2017, by Gill Books. It is a warm and witty memoir about raising two daughters on the autistic spectrum, with his wife, Martha, who suffers from chronic depression and a sleep disorder.
He is a former musical comedian, and will still perform, if provoked. In 2014 he won the coveted "So You Think You're Funny" award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2015 he performed at the Montreal "Just for Laughs" festival. He also performed his songs as part of the hit Irish stage show, "Singlehood." He is originally from Carlow town, but now lives in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
Aoife McElwain is a food writer for The Irish Times, a freelance food stylist, a creative events producer, and host of the Sing Along Social (a zero-commitment choir designed for people who can't sing). She is the author of Slow at Work: How to Work Less, Achieve More and Regain Your Balance in an Always-On World (published with Gill Books in January 2018). She wrote this book as a way of recovering from her own personal experience with burnout.
She studied topics including procrastination, the imposter syndrome, gut health, energy and recovery time, and interviewed a lot of busy people, to figure out if it was possible to cultivate a more sustainable approach to work. She thinks it is, and is currently studying the art of knowing when to go fast and when to go slow.
Find out more about Aoife and her book at www.aoifemcelwain.com, or on Instagram and Twitter @aoifemcelwain.
Dr. Harry Barry
Harry is an experienced medical doctor who qualified in 1976 and who has worked as a senior GP within the Irish Health System for over thirty-five years. He has a long-standing interest around mental health especially the management of anxiety, depression, toxic stress and prevention of suicide. He is especially interested in the concept of emotional resilience and how developing skills in this area could transform our mental health. He has developed a holistic approach with an emphasis on the combination of combining Neuroscience concepts, lifestyle changes and where necessary drug therapy, with the application of simple CBT approaches to effectively manage these approaches.
He retired from full time general practice in 2013 to focus solely on mental health. He now works on a consultancy basis combining clinics, writing, media and public information lectures as well as assisting fellow GPs, nurses and therapists with lectures and workshops. He is a member of an international group of experts exploring how best to measure cognition in depression. He has written extensively on the subject and his Flag series of books have been widely read by professional and lay people interested in the area.
His 6th book on Anxiety and Panic got to number one in the best – seller non-fiction list in Ireland. It combines a novel new approach to combining Neuroscience concepts with CBT to assist people eliminate or learn to deal with panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety and general anxiety.
The Flag series have been taken on by the Orion Hachette group in London and relaunched in September and October 2017 and available in both Ireland, UK and online. His most book Emotional Resilience – how to safeguard your mental health was recently published by Orion UK in Dublin and London on 2nd May 2018 and has been number one in the nonfiction bestsellers in Ireland since it’s launch.
He is a regular contributor to national press and media and is a monthly contributor to the Sean O’ Rourke show for almost four years. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Psychiatry and former Board member of the national depression group Aware.