Hugh Oram is an author, broadcaster, and journalist living and working in Dublin. He has been working in the media business since 1966, so Charmers & Chancers is an account of his fifty years’ work in the media and a description of the many charming people as well as the rogues that he has met along the way. He is married to Bernadette Quinn; she is a well-published poet in English, Irish, and French and previously worked for many years for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Some of the many well-known people she met there have been included in this book.
Hugh has been writing books for nearly forty years, mostly on Irish topics. Travel in Ireland, Irish history, and documentary subjects have all featured. Between the titles published under his own name and his contributions to series, such as Fodor’s and Michelin, his current tally of books stands at just over seventy-five. While he prefers printed format books, several of his recent books have also been published as e-books. He has also broadcast on many subjects, mainly for RTÉ Radio 1 but also for other stations, such as BBC Radio Ulster.
For close on forty years, he has been contributing to the Irish Times and other newspapers both at home and abroad. Hugh has a great love of France but has absolutely no interest in going to live there. He made his first visit to Paris and France in 1958 and has been travelling there on a regular basis ever since, especially with Bernadette. They have visited Paris on innumerable occasions, and Hugh has written a guidebook about Paris as well as a book based on his blogs about France. His travels in France have encouraged his interest in fine wines.