Matt Griffin

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. His first children’s novel, A Cage of Roots, was published in 2015. Storm Weaver followed the same characters further into a fantasy odyssey (2016), and The Spiral Path brings the enemy through a time portal to modern-day Ireland.

  • A Cage of Roots

    The Root of Inspiration

    Author and award-winning illustrator Matt Griffin talks about the inspiration behind his debut novel, A Cage of Roots.

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A Cage of Roots - Book 1 in the Ayla Trilogy

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Storm Weaver - Book 2 in the Ayla Trilogy

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The Spiral Path - Book 3 in The Ayla Trilogy

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  • At War With the Empire

    At War With the Empire

    Ireland's Fight for Independence

    Written by and Illustrated by Gerry Hunt, Coloured by Matt Griffin

    From the author of Blood Upon the Rose comes a graphic novel depicting the War of Independence, a gruelling guerilla war against British rule in Ireland.

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  • Bobby Sands

    Bobby Sands

    Freedom Fighter

    Written by Gerry Hunt, Coloured by Matt Griffin

    ‘Bobby’ Sands was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who died on hunger strike while imprisoned at HM Prison Maze. This graphic novel, the first of its kind, brings Bobby Sands’ story to life in a whole new way.

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  • A Cage of Roots

    A Cage of Roots

    Book 1 in the Ayla Trilogy

    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    Magic exists beneath our feet, if we only know where to look …

    Growing up in a New York orphanage, Ayla has no idea she has Irish roots. It is not until she comes to Ireland that she finds out just how deep her roots really are...

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  • Storm Weaver

    Storm Weaver

    Book 2 in the Ayla Trilogy

    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    Book Two. Descending into the ancient world of Fal, Ayla discovers she can conjure storms ...

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  • The Spiral Path

    The Spiral Path

    Book 3 in The Ayla Trilogy

    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    The conclusion of the Ayla trilogy. The battle was won but the enemy has escaped and Ayla, Sean, Finny and Benvy know their home of Kilnabracka is in serious danger. The town looks untouched, but the friends are being drawn into a trap.

    Only they can save themselves and the townsfolk.

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