Welcome to my little corner of the internet. Please, pull up a chair, grab a cuppa’ and settle in. My name is Alison and I’m a writer, journalism graduate, home-baker, bookworm and lover of a good frothy cappuccino. Now that we’ve been formally introduced, let me tell you a little bit more about myself.
My journey to becoming a writer
Reading and writing have always been a big passion of mine, along with a keen interest and curiosity towards the media industry. It was these two infatuations which ultimately led me to the Dublin Institute of Technology, where I studied a BA Honours degree in Journalism.
After graduating from University, I was super eager to gain as much publishing experience as I could, and went on to do a spree of work placements at various book publishing companies; from the likes of Penguin Random House in London to a small independent publisher in Dublin. Following these work placements I was lucky enough to land an internship with one of my favourite publications, Easy Food magazine, as their Digital Intern.
While I was with Easy Food learning the tricks of the trade, I got to do all sorts of fun things; from writing features and news pieces for their website and running the Easy Food Cookbook Club on Facebook to creating and scheduling the weekly newsletter and planning and managing a variety of social media campaigns. It was a hands-on experience like none other, which perfectly combined my love of writing and my love of all things food, resulting in a ‘match made in heaven’ type of role — not to mention the endless samples of delicious dishes from the test kitchen didn’t hurt either!
After my internship I then went on to work as a freelance copy editor and proofreader for Zahra Media Group, writing and proofing articles and social content for big brands such as Aviva, ESB, Skoda and Virgin Media, learning to adapt my writing style to fit in with their specific brand voices each time.
This lead to my current job, as a Staff Writer for Sheology. Working across their two main websites, SHEmazing and MummyPages, I get to cover entertainment and celebrity news, lifestyle features, food and fashion pieces along with the endless shenanigans from The Royals.
If you’re interested in reading some of the articles I’ve written whilst working in these roles, then feel free to check out my portfolio page here.
In the meantime, I also run a bookish themed Instagram account called the_bookaholic, where I share recommendations, reviews and ramblings about the books I read.
I suppose that brings me back to here; Words By Alison Egan. After humming and hawing over the idea of starting a blog for years, I finally decided that there was no time like the present! In the end it took a global pandemic and a government-mandated lock-down to convince me to finally go for it — who would have thought?! This space was created for me to share and unload my bank of creativity, whether that be full-length book reviews, some of my favourite home-made recipes or other articles and ideas which might take my fancy when inspiration strikes.
If you would like to get in touch, please either check out my contact page here or email me at;