Conor Kostick

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’.

 

Epic is Conor’s most successful book, selling over 100,000 copies worldwide. It was awarded a place on the International Board on Books for Young People "White Ravens" list for 2006 and on the Booklist Best Fantasy Books for Youth list for 2007.

As an historian, Conor Kostick's holds a PhD and a gold medal from Trinity College Dublin. He won first prize in the 2001 Dublinia Medieval Essay Competition, and has held fellowships from the Irish Research Council and the University of Nottingham. In 2013, he was awarded a Marie Curie research grant from the EU.

Conor was twice chairperson of the Irish Writers' Union.

His facebook readers page is here.

  • The Book of Curses
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  • Move
  • pdf-logoDownload Chapter 1: Blue Plastic Sandals

Edda

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

Epic

  • pdf-logoDownload Teaching Guides: Teaching resources by Ms Tara-Lynn Walker, Franklin Middle School, NJ: classroom questions, character design, post-reading activities

  • pdf-logoDownload Teaching Guides: Teaching guide to the book, written by the author, Conor Kostick


  • The Easter Rising

    The Easter Rising

    A Guide to Dublin in 1916

    Written by Conor Kostick and Lorcan Collins

    Defying all the odds 1600 men, women and children went out on 24 April, Easter Monday, 1916 to fight for an independent Ireland. Vividly illustrated, this book takes you through the battle-torn streets of Dublin.

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  • Irish Writers Against War

    Irish Writers Against War

    Written by Conor Kostick and Katherine Moore

    An impressive range of literary voices from Ireland united by their opposition to the proposed war in Iraq.

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  • Michael O'Hanrahan

    Michael O'Hanrahan

    16Lives

    By Conor Kostick

    Biography of Michael O'Hanrahan, one of the leaders of Ireland's 1916 Rising. A journalist, novelist and fierce nationalist, he was quartermaster of the Irish Volunteers, in charge of getting and managing many of the arms used in the rebellion.

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  • Strongbow

    Strongbow

    The Norman Invasion of Ireland

    By Conor Kostick

    The coming of the Normans to Ireland from 1169 is a pivotal moment in the country’s history. With colourful personalities and sharp political twists and turns, Strongbow’s story is a fascinating one.

    A powerful and absorbing account of the stormy affairs of an extraordinary era

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  • Epic

    Epic

    By Conor Kostick

    #WELCOME TO EPIC: PRESS START TO PLAY#.

    On New Earth, Epic is not just a computer game, it's a matter of life and death. If you lose, you lose everything; if you win, the world is yours for the taking.

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  • Saga

    Saga

    By Conor Kostick

    Ghost, a fifteen-year-old air-boarding punk lives in a vast dark futuristic metropolis. But a mysterious stranger appears to break her out of jail, then challenges the whole basis of reality.

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  • Edda

    Edda

    By Conor Kostick

    Edda is a ‘virtual’ world ruled by the electronic intelligence of Lord Scanthax. Penelope is a teenager ensnared in Edda. Can she uncover the truth about her human past and gain her freedom? And are there other humans still ‘out there’?

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  • Move

    Move

    By Conor Kostick

    What if you could live in a universe where you were always the winner?
    Pushed to his limits by a horrific accident, Liam discovers he has an amazing ability: he can ‘move’ to parallel universes where things always turn out just the way he wants.

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