Gisele Scanlon
Gisèle Scanlon left a journalistic and TV career in Ireland to travel and write her first book The Goddess Guide, "not because I was any good, but because I wanted to see the world and at the risk of humiliation and complete and downright failure I’d always wanted to write (and maybe illustrate) a book.” She signed a deal with UK and US publishers in 2006 to write The Goddess Guide books and received more than 1 million readers worldwide. She subsequently described her publishing success as a case of mistaken identity. “Unfortunately I think many thought I was the Gisèlle Scanlon. She won Miss Dominican Republic 1974. If you looked closer you’d see that she has one more ‘l’ in her name.”

Accompanied by this humble attitude, her camera and her friends she continues to cut her own path through travel in search of style and adventure and her “Goddess Guide” book series have garnered her numerous international accolades.

Her past travel, fashion and food adventures and interviews include Tracey Emin, John Galliano, Damian Hirst, Sir Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Louboutin, Richard Gere, Pierce Brosnan, Martin Parr, Bono, Renee Zellweger and her personal favourites Miss Piggy, Kermit The Frog and Courtney Love.

Courtney Love described her as ‘My favourite Irish person on Earth or Mars. Insightful but unpretentious, she tells the truth.’ As a writer it’s one of the most difficult things to do.

Affectionately known as “The Goddess” she was asked to interview Renee Zellweger (the real Bridget Jones) for Ireland’s premier TV station RTE which made her realise “I’m a tiny version of her” (Bridget Jones not Renee Zellweger). She also fronted a travel slot for the Richard & Judy show on Channel 4 after being chosen with The Goddess Guide as one of their favourite Richard & Judy book club reads.

US Elle have called her “The one in the know... She gently guides a reader/viewer through where to shop, eat, visit etc to achieve their inner goddess; including location specific sections dedicated to some of the most inspirational cities in the world.”

Her knack for pointing her camera in the direction of a fresh image to uncover secrets for her Goddess Guide blog on food, fashion, beauty and travel from inspirational people puts her at the forefront of female adventure. Her interviews are hard-won and her stories are told in an entertaining, honest yet self-effacing, humble way.

You can catch her on the go at in between drinking many cups of tea. Her blog and facebook is here

Entries by Gisele Scanlon

The Art in Politics

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2016 | (14:25)

There hadn't been a woman elected to the NUI (Nation University of Ireland) panel in Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate or Upper House as it's called) for 35 years. Alice-Mary Higgins was seeking to become it. In the week 100 years exactly after the 1916 Easter Rising - where hundreds...

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A Mourning With Jessica Albarn - The Plight of the Bumblebee

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2014 | (17:03)

Jessica Albarn has won numerous accolades for her art, books and films, but until her last film "The Boy In The Oak", she had never made one where she collaborated so closely with her brother - Damon Albarn.

With a further movie in the pipeline and a solo show...

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John Rocha worth an Oscar

(0) Comments | Posted 29 February 2012 | (01:26)

What sort of a writer would I be if I didn't post something this week about fashion and film?


Watching John Rocha's Autumn/Winter 2012 show tucked out of the way backstage this swirling marabou skirt made me think back to last year's Oscars...

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Simone Rocha

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2012 | (16:43)


Someone yesterday reminded me that they would be combing my fashion weeks reviews to see what I thought of their favorite designers and a little shiver went up my spine thinking how good many of the shows I've seen have been. A few shows...

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A Week with Ireland's New President

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2011 | (23:00)

This week Ireland woke up to a new Irish President. But does Michael D Higgins represent a new and different Ireland? I shadowed him for a week to find out.

It's intimidating stepping behind the scenes...

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Secrets to Britain's Most Successful Fashion Designer: Paul Smith

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2011 | (21:18)

There isn't time here even to begin to scratch the surface of what astounds me about the fashion business as portrayed by popular scripted US television shows, but my behind-the-scenes visits to British designer Sir Paul Smith over the past few seasons was more entertaining than any US...

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