Caroline Doherty de Novoa
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I was born and bred in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Over the years, I've also called Manchester, Madrid, London, Bogotá and Oxford home. 

My first novel, Dancing with Statues, was published in February 2013. 

As one reviewer described it, "...with the Troubles in Northern Ireland providing a dramatic backdrop, Dancing with Statues provides a unique take on post-conflict Northern Ireland and what it takes to turn the page."

Like most Irish emigrants, my perspective in Dancing with Statues comes from two contradictory points of view – the distance that leaving affords, and the intimate knowledge, understanding, and love of one’s home country and culture that can never be lost, no matter how much time you spend away.

Dancing with Statues is available in stores in Ireland and on

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Ireland In So Many Words: A Year of Reading Irish Authors

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

I’ve spent a lot of time this past year talking about guilt, about exile and return, and about mammies, and about the guilt mammies can instil in their offspring when said offspring return from self-imposed exile, which was usually to escape said mammy’s guilt trip in the first place. But I suppose it was to be…


On the Anniversary of García Márquez's Death, a New Book Asks, 'Was Gabo an Irishman?'

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 3:30pm 4 Comments

My husband is convinced that there is a website called “wiki-paddy-a,” which I use to prove that my beloved homeland, Ireland, has given the world many great things. Like Halloween, for example, or the discovery of America.



Are the Irish Natural Storytellers?

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 9:30am 32 Comments

When someone says to me that the Irish are natural storytellers, I’m usually really pleased. I’m an Irish writer, and isn’t it the ultimate aim of all writers to tell a cracking story? The writing life is full of rejection and self-doubt. You draw hope and confidence from…


'Smile' - A Short Film

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

I absolutely loved this short film by Wild Geese member and fellow County Tyrone author, Colin Broderick

It's called "Smile," and it's a visual poem set in New York. Lyrical and melancholic, like so much Irish poetry, it is, in the end an uplifting story of transformation and renewal. 


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At 1:30pm on July 12, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

Caroline, fáilte to The Wild Geese, joining us from far-off Bogotá. Looking forward to reading some of your Irish stories. We have several Doherty's aboard as members now. Where in Ireland are your ancestors from? Ger

At 9:45pm on July 16, 2013, Gerry Regan said…

 Caroline, we do have at least one other Irish citizen living in Colombia within our ranks, James Golding. I hope you guys connect somehow. BTW, I found James easily because he posted his location on our Member Map, something I urge you to do.

At 6:30pm on September 17, 2013, Richard Strathern said…


I did get to visit Bellaghy in County Derry in 1979 and your book reminded me of so much about Northern Ireland. Great book! I really liked your surprised ending.

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