Brendan Harding

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About me

Having fallen in love with travel later than most, Harding combined his previous life as a writer with his new-found passion. Over the past seven years the two have merged seamlessly bringing him many accolades and awards for both his Travel Fiction and Non Fiction. His blog http://www.brendanharding.blogspot.com is also gaining a large readership for its sideways glance at all aspects of his travels. In 2007 along with an optometrist colleage, Brendan Harding co-founded an eye-charity in Kenya's rural Ukambani. The project has been hugely successful over the years with over 2000 people having been treated during the annual clinics. This work has given him much scope for writing about another side of Kenya, one rarely seen by the tourist. These experiences are the basis for his work in progress, a debut novel with the working title '360 Degrees of insanity'. In December of 2010 samples of Harding's African work will feature in a new book - 10 years of Irish writing which has been compiled and edited by Maire Nic Gearailt of Ireland's Classics Radio station 'Lyric FM'. The collection really is a who's who of contemporary Irish writing. Harding also has a weekly travel column 'Small World' in the Carlow Nationalist newspaper. He is a past winner of The Dunlavin Short Story award and the Polly Evans Travel Writing award. He had studied under travel writers such as Dea Birkett, Manchan Magan and Rory McLean.