Patrice Aggs was born and brought up in the United States, but now lives in West Sussex, England. She has illustrated over thirty-five picture books for children. In the early 1980s she was part of the team which produced the animated film The Snowman.
Patrice is currently writing picture books, illustrating and printmaking. (more)
James Allison is from London and is a professional writer. Demon From the Deep End is his first book for children.
Mary Arrigan is an award-winning writer of fiction for children and teenagers. She has been shortlisted for the Readers Association Award, the Bisto Award and the White Raven Award.
Philip Barrett is an illustrator, designer and comic artist originally from Co. Donegal and currently living in Dublin. He has been self-publishing comics since 2001, including writing and drawing 9 issues of his catch-all title 'Matter' and contributing to numerous anthologies. In 2010 the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry published Philip's 'best-of' collection 'The Human in Me'. (more)
Born in Dublin, Gerry Boland is a writer, teacher and committed environmentalist.
Sarah Bowie is an illustrator, author and cartoonist who lives in Dublin. She is a founder member of The Comics Lab and her work has been published in a range of books, comics and magazines.
Brianóg Brady Dawson is a primary school teacher from County Sligo. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.
Her first book, Granny's Teeth, became a No.1 Bestseller, and was now followed by six more stories about the mischievous Danny who always ends up in trouble, even when he's trying to be good! Brianóg has written eight great books about Danny Brown. (more)
Beate Brandt has a translation degree from the University of Saarbrücken. She moved to Ireland in 1994, where she set up a localisation company with her partner in 2002. She lives and works in Ireland and Germany.
Robots Don't Cry! is his first book for children.
Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets. (more)
Anna Carey is a freelance journalist from Drumcondra in Dublin who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Anna joined her first band when she was fifteen and went on to sing and play with several bands over the next fifteen years. Her last band, El Diablo, released two albums and toured all over the country. (more)
Cartoon Saloon is a Kilkenny-based animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. They are best-known for their Academy Award-nominated feature-length animations The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, but have also done a wide range of television programmes and some lovely illustration work for O'Brien Press books.
Seamus Cashman established Wolfhound Press Ltd in 1974 as a literary and cultural publishing house, and as publisher until 2001 won an international reputation for the press, earning many design, publishing and children's book awards over the years. A former teacher and book editor, his own published works include two co-edited and lasting volumes, Irish Poems for Young People and Proverbs and Sayings of Ireland. (more)
Her three Al Capsella novels and her collection of stories The Boy on the Lake were first published in Australia with great success, and later in America. (more)
EOIN COLFER is the one of the world's favourite children's authors, and has written the international bestselling Artemis Fowl books. A former schoolteacher, Eoin lives in Wexford with his wife Jackie and sons Finn and Seán. He has worked in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy, as well as in Ireland. (more)
Marita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject. (more)
Michael Connor is a school teacher who lives in Limerick.
DON CONROY, well-known as an artist and TV personality is also a wildlife expert and devotes much of his time to conservation work, particularly with owls. (more)
Judi Curtin is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series, the 'Eva' series. several other books. Judi's new series, beginning with Time After Time, is about Beth and Molly, accidental time-travelling best friends.
Eilís Dillon was born in Galway in 1920. Abandoning a career as a professional cellist, she turned to writing for adults and children, quickly earning an international reputation for both.
Eilís lived in Italy for six years in the 1960s, then divided her time between Ireland and California, until her final years which were spent in Ireland. (more)
Dr Noreen Doody is a writer and academic who has published extensively on W.B. Yeats and Oscar Wilde. She is a senior lecturer in English Literature and the former head of the Department of English at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin. She currently teaches on the MA programme in Children’s Literature in the School of English, Dublin City University.
Robert recently received the Children's Books Ireland award for services to Irish children's literature.
Tatyana Feeney grew up in North Carolina, where she spent much of her childhood reading and drawing. This developed into a love of art and particularly illustrations in children's books, so she gave up her abition to be a fire girl and studied Art History and Illustration.
Tatyana now lives in Trim with her husband and two children. (more)
Brian Gallagher is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has worked extensively in radio and television, writing many dramas and documentaries. He collaborated with composer Shaun Purcell on the musical, Larkin, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, and on Winds of Change for RTE’s Lyric FM. (more)
He was awarded the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, called 'a tour de force' by the San Francisco Chronicle, a 'milestone' by the Boston Globe, and a 'breathtaking homage to extraordinary buildings and a remarkable man' by Kirkus Reviews.
Mordicai Gerstein lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Matthew Griffin was born in Dublin and now lives in Ennis. He has garnered a reputation as one of the most eclectic graphic artists in contemporary illustration, collecting awards and accolades for his work in publishing, advertising and, in particular, the field of poster art. His passion for visual design was always married to one for writing. (more)
Jim Halligan is a teacher and talented author of books for children, including (with John Newman) Fowl Play, Round the Bend, Fowl Deeds (nominated for a Bisto Award) and Seeing Red. He started making up stories in school to entertain the children in his class and ‘to stop himself from going insane’.
He is the author of three previous books and is also an adjunct professor of history at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island.
KIM HOOD grew up in British Columbia, Canada. After earning degrees in psychology, history and education, she wandered through a few countries before making the west coast of Ireland home.
Her eclectic work experience in education, therapy and community services has presented endless opportunity to observe a world of interesting characters. (more)
Gerry Hunt worked for twenty-five years as an architect, eighteen of them with the IDA. In 1986 he left architecture and began drawing political cartoons. From this, he moved on to drawing entire comics ... his first, selfproduced, comic was a rhyming, Spanish-language work that he gave away to friends.He has since published In Dublin City and The Streets of Dublin. (more)
Chris Judge is an award winning author and illustrator from Dublin. His picture books include The Lonely Beast series, The Great Explorer and TiN. He illustrated Roddy Doyle's children's book Brilliant and collaborated with comedian David O'Doherty on the smash hit Danger is Everywhere!
Celine Kiernan is an Irish author of fantasy novels for young adults. She is best known for The Moorehawke Trilogy. Her fourth book, Into the Grey, won both the CBI Book of the Year Award and the CBI Children's Choice Award in 2012. It won the 2013 Readers' Association of Ireland Award for best book. (more)
Conor Kostick is a writer and historian living in Dublin. As a novelist he was awarded the Farmleigh writer's residency for the summer of 2010 and a place on the nominees list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012 and 2013. At their 2009 awards, the Reading Association of Ireland gave him the Special Merit Award ‘in recognition of his significant contribution to writing for children in Ireland’. (more)
Una Leavy was born in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. She has been writing since early childhood. A primary school teacher by profession, she is married to Lorcán and they have six children. Her writing includes poetry, articles and short stories which have been published in various magazines and periodicals. (more)
Deborah's latest book, Truth Seeker, was published by O'Brien Press in October 2001.
Historian and novelist Morgan Llywelyn was born in New York City, but after the death of her husband and parents in 1985 returned to Ireland to take up citizenship in the land of her grandparents and make her permanent home there.
After making the shortlist for the United States Olympic Team in Dressage in 1975, but not making the team itself, she turned to writing historical novels exploring her Celtic roots. (more)
RUTH FRANCES LONG is a lifelong fan of fantasy and romance. She studied English Literature, History of Religions, and Celtic Civilisation in college and now works in a specialised library of rare and unusual books. But they don’t talk to her that often.
P. J. Lynch is the current Laureate na nÓg, Ireland’s Children’s Laureate. He has worked as a book illustrator since the 1980s. Millions of his books have been sold around the world and he has won many awards. His next book will be “Patrick and the President” written by Ryan Tubridy. In recent years PJ has designed posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre as well as several sets of stamps for An Post. (more)
Liam Mac Uistin is a well-known author and playwright. His versions of ancient Irish stories and legends have been published in the Irish language by An Gúm. His plays for stage, television and radio have been produced in many European countries and in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His television play The Glory and the Dream won the Radio Telefís Éireann award. (more)
Shona Shirley Macdonald is an artist based in Co. Waterford, though she is originally from Aberdeenshire in Scotland. She studied Visual Communication at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in stop-motion animation, and after graduating she began her career as a freelance artist.
Her published illustration includes Rita Kelly’s poetry retrospective 'Turas go Bun na Spéire' and two Scottish Gaelic graphic novels for West Highland Animation, 'Cuir Stad air an Stoirm-Shneachda' and ‘An Smutag Ghaisgeal’. (more)
Author of the international sensation, Wicked, Gregory Maguire was born and raised in the United States. He has also lived in Dublin and London. He is a writer of fantasies, science fiction, picture books and historical novels, and he also composes music, is an artist, and loves to travel. He is a founder member of Children's Literature New England.
Her first book, Fairchild was published in Hong Kong. (more)
Eithne Massey has written many books for both adults and children, mainly based on the legends of Ireland. Her adaptation of the award-winning movie The Secret of Kells is set in the time of the early Viking raids; The Silver Stag of Bunratty and Where the Stones Sing are set in Norman Ireland and Blood Brother, Swan Sister at the time of the Battle of Clontarf. (more)
He is the author of numerous books for children and young adults, published internationally, including The Green Kids. (more)
Tom McCaughren has written fifteen books for children and young adults. His award winning 'Run with the Wind' series has been translated into twenty languages including German, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, French, Dutch, Danish and Latvian.
He has previously written two adult novels and four novels for children. The Broken Commandment, his first novel for adults, was published after a recommendation by Graham Greene and won the GPA First Fiction Award in 1989. (more)
Erika McGann was the winner of the Waverton Good Read Children's Prize 2014 for The Demon Notebook, the first in her magical series about Grace and her four friends.
Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín McGann spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He studied art at Ballyfermot Senior College and Dún Laoghaire School of Art and Design, and went on to work in illustration, design and film animation. He moved to London in 1998, where he eventually found work as an art director and copy writer for an advertising agency. (more)
Conor McHale was born in Dublin in 1969. Shortly before leaving school, he decided he would become an archaeologist. This decision caused his father to roar with laughter. It took him over ten years working in Irish archaeology to realise what the joke was. He lives in Dublin with his wife, Susannah, and their son, Oscar. (more)
Anna McQuinn was born and grew up in County Kerry. She lived in the small town of Castleisland in the heart of Kerry Dairy country and is old enough to remember the old Fair days there - her maternal grandfather used to be a cattle drover and his small restaurant attracted many old friends from up and down the country. (more)
Born in the Yorkshire Dales, Jan Michael spent an idyllic childhood there and in the Seychelles, also living in Lesotho and Pakistan. Since university, she has worked as an editor and literary agent in London, Amsterdam and Yorkshire. She has written thirteen books which have been published in several languages, including the children’s novels Hill of Darkness, The Rock Boy (also performed as children’s opera in Germany), Just Joshua (winner: Dutch Vlag en Wimpel prize), Leaving Home (winner: Dutch Silver Slate Pencil and the Jenny Smelik-IBBY Prize) and Moorside Boy.
He has written stories, non-fiction pieces and poetry in Irish and English. Most of his work has appeared in school books in Ireland and the UK, with some stories also included in anthologies of children's fiction on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dairíne Ní Dhonnchú is an actor and a primary school teacher. She also works on the Irish language soap opera Ros na Rún.
Áine Ní Ghlinn is a writer and lecturer. She has published three volumes of poetry. She also writes for the television drama series Ros na Rún on TG4.
Caitríona Ní Mhurchí is an actor and this is her second book. Her first, Ó Lúibín Lú, was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex award.
Alan Nolan lives and works in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. He has written and illustrated many books and comics for children and grown-ups, including Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor's Caveman and the Murder Can Be Fatal series.
Joe O'Brien lives in Ballyfermot in Dublin with his wife and children. He is the author of nine Alfie Green books as well as three books in the Danny Wilde GAA series for older readers and one fantasy novel, Beyond the Cherry Tree. He has appeared on RTE's The Den, TV3's Ireland AM and many radio shows. (more)
Fergal O' Connor is an artist and illustrator from Co. Kerry. His work is set within an imaginative, fantastical, and often dark universe inhabited by strange characters and creatures, a sombre world where the amazing and the beautiful lives side by side with the bleak and tragic. He currently works from his home in Kerry where he creates artwork for exhibitions as well as illustrating for books and other publications.
Lauren O'Neill is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin. Originally from Wexford, she moved to Dublin to study Vis Comm in NCAD and now thinks of the city as home. Since graduating in 2006 she has worked mainly as a designer in branding and advertising but has recently begun to focus on illustration full time. (more)
In a life of many incarnations, Marita has been a child, scholar, student, teacher, civil servant, mother, and animal enthusiast. She has an abiding interest in Ireland’s history, culture and folklore, is an inveterate scribbler, and likes to read late into the night.
Having grown up in Galway and Donegal, Siobhán Parkinson has lived most of her adult life in her native Dublin. She studied English literature and German at Trinity, and went on to take her doctorate in English literature. She has worked for many years as an editor, a profession that very closely resembles that of writing. (more)
Gillian Perdue is a children's writer and dancing teacher. She previously worked as a primary school teacher for over fifteen years, and has always had a deep love for children's books. Gillian acted as chairperson of the Bisto Book Awards 1999-2000, and she has written resource materials for the use of real books in the classroom. (more)
Tallaght-born Nicola Pierce is a writer, living in Drogheda.
MAUREEN POTTER, one of Ireland’s best-loved stars, and known to many as the Queen of Comedy, died in April 2004, aged 79. She had a lifelong relationship with the Gaiety Theatre, beginning in 1939, and she is best remembered for her comedy in numerous pantomimes, variety shows and the hugely popular summer revue, Gaels of Laughter.
File, fear haiku, úrscéalaí, drámadóir, gearrscéalaí, údar-aistritheoir breis is 160 leabhar, an chuid is mó acu sa Ghaeilge. I measc na ngradam a bronnadh air tá an bonn Tamgha-i-Khidmat ó Rialtas na Pacastáine. Is ball d’Aosdána é.
Eoin is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design with a BA in Visual Communications. He has worked in the Film and Television industry as a writer, designer and animator for clients that include Porsche, Unilever and RyanAir. Eoin's animated film DEMON won best short animation at the 2006 Galway Film Fleadh. (more)
Born and brought up in Dublin, Michael has spent all his life with books. He worked in various bookshops and was an antiquarian bookseller before turning to writing. His first book appeared in 1981, and he has had up to sixty books published since then. (more)
Her website (currently in German) is www.artshaw.com.
Gerard Siggins was born in Dublin in 1962. Initially a sports journalist, he worked for many years in the Sunday Tribune, where he became assistant editor. He has written several books about cricket and rugby and regularly visits schools to talk about his books.
Peter Sirr lives in Dublin. He is a prize-winning poet as well a critic, essayist and translator. For many years he was Director of the Irish Writers’ Centre and was also editor of the national poetry magazine, Poetry Ireland Review. He has published eight collection of poetry with The Gallery Press, including The Thing Is (2009), winner of The Michael Hartnett Award, and Selected Poems (2004). (more)
Ian Somers lives in Dublin and works as a graphic designer.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was the author of Gulliver's Travels, one of the world's greatest satirical fantasies. He was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin from 1713-1745.
Marilyn Taylor was born and educated in England, and has an economics degree from London University. She was a school librarian in a Dublin secondary school for 16 years and a college librarian.
Her first novels for young adults were the Jackie and Kev trilogy, Could This Be Love, I Wondered? (1994), Could I Love a Stranger? and Call Yourself a Friend?. (more)
Trevor's Ballroom of Romance is well known from its filmed version. (more)
Stephen Walsh has a long association with leprechauns. He is the inventor of the emblematic leprechaun costume seen at many public events. He participated in a record breaking gathering of leprechauns which made the Guinness Book of Records in 2011, and he has run several marathons dressed as a leprechaun. (more)
Sarah Webb has written seven bestselling novels including, ‘When the Boys Are Away’, ‘Take a Chance’, and ‘Always the Bridesmaid’. Her books have been published in many different countries including the U.S. and Indonesia. She has also written four children’s books, has contributed short stories to many collections including ‘Moments’, and has compiled and edited two charity collections of her own, ‘Travelling Light’ and ‘Mum’s the Word’.
Gerard Whelan was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, and has lived and worked in several European countries. After some time living in Dublin, he has returned to live in his native Wexford. He is the author of many books for children and a multiple award-winner. His first novel, The Guns of Easter, won the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award for first-time writers. (more)
Maureen White is a playwright, teacher at the Gaiety School of Acting and dramaturg for Rough Magic Theatre Company. This is her first novel for young adults.
Mark Wickham is an award winning illustrator and designer from West Cork. His personal and commercial work has been published and exhibited internationally. He recently made a 100ft floating sculpture that glowed in the dark.
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms.