Dara was employed as a marketing consultant for Lewes Live Lit as part of an organisational development initiative funded by Arts Council England South East. Her approach was precise, tightly scheduled, inclusive and always built around conversations and one-to-one contact with all of the relevant people. At the end of her consultancy she produced a comprehensive report crammed with useful recommendations and, importantly, was someone that I considered had become a friend of the organisation, who understood and valued our work.
Just to add my own thanks to the chorus of the choir committee for your work on publicising the concert last night: it was a tremendous success, with an estimated 100 per cent increase in walk-up trade on the night. Very heartfelt thanks to you for your help in making it the special event it turned out to be.
Dara worked for Cornwall Editions on both individual book projects and forward planning of the PR for seasonal lists. Dara’s work has been imaginative, carefully planned and well executed. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services.
Dara O’Hare worked for The O’Brien Press for several years in business development and marketing. She was unfailingly courteous, creative, enthusiastic, positive (while being realistic) and energetic: and always delivered results.
We believed that the School’s ethos in terms of educational values and practice and the range of benefits one of our MScs would deliver were not fully conveyed by our website or student communications. Dara’s review was thorough and illuminating, providing evidence for some things we already knew intuitively, but also giving us new and surprising insights. Her recommendations were creative but practical and have been actioned with very positive effects on student recruitment.
It was a real pleasure to work with Dara O’Hare on drawing up our mission statement and our business plan. The whole process was as illuminating as it was instructive, and served our purpose of bringing focus and clarity to the British Centre for Literary Translation’s forward planning.
Dara served as a specialist advisor and researcher to the Scottish Arts Council Literature Department, and her huge industry knowledge, commitment and passion for literature were an invaluable help to both the Department and the wider Scottish Arts Council through periods of intense activity and change. Her advice helped to shape policy through a major Council-wide strategic review. She also successfully tendered for, and carried out the research into, Translating Literature: A Strategic Approach for Scotland report. This was a major and complex piece of work which has provided the foundation of our policy and support for the sector nationally and internationally.