Children's Authors

  • Patrice Aggs

    Aggs, Patrice

    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)

    • Strawberry Squirt
    • Ducks in Trouble
  • Sheila Agnew

    Agnew, Sheila

    Sheila Agnew was born in New York and grew up in Dublin with her sister and two brothers. They liked to pretend to be the children in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

    Although Sheila couldn’t quite make it to Narnia, she set out to experience what she could of this world.   (more)

    • Marooned in Manhattan
    • Central Park Showdown
  • James Allison

    Allison, James

    James Allison is from London and is a professional writer. Demon From the Deep End is his first book for children.

    • Demon from the Deep End
  • Mary Arrigan

    Arrigan, Mary

    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.

    • Milo and One Dead Angry Druid
    • Milo and The Raging Chieftains
    • Milo and the Pirate Sisters
  • Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald

    Ashe FitzGerald, Mairéad

    Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald grew up in County Clare. She is a graduate of NUI Galway and University College Dublin where she studied Archaeology. Mairéad taught Irish and History before working in publishing for many years. Being invited by OBP to write books allows her to indulge her passion for research into Ireland's history, archaeology and literature.

    • Exploring the World of Colmcille
    • P is for Poetry
    • Sailor Bear
    • Celtic Tales of Enchantment
  • Philip Barrett

    Barrett, Philip

    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)

    • Where's Larry This Time?
    • Where's Larry? The Colouring Book
    • Where's Larry?
  • Bermingham, Ann

    Ann Bermingham has worked in many different areas throughout her career, but this is the first time that she has added writer to that list. She has previously worked as a teacher, a journalist and a librarian. She now works as a counsellor in a women’s refuge in Coolock, County Dublin. She is married with four children.
    • Trouble for Tuffy
    • Jimeen
    • The Big Fight
  • Gary Blackwood

    Blackwood, Gary

    Gary Blackwood has written novels for young readers including Wild Timothy, Beyond the Door and The Dying Sun. His involvement in the theatre, both as a playwright and as an amateur actor, goes back a long way ... though not quite to Shakespeare's day. Gary lives with his wife and two children on an acre of land surrounded by cow pastures outside Carthage, Missouri.
    • Shakespeare's Scribe
    • Tina and the Tooth Fairy
  • Gerry Boland

    Boland, Gerry

    Born in Dublin, Gerry Boland is a writer, teacher and committed environmentalist.

    • Marco Moves In
    • Marco: Master of Disguise
    • Marco: Moonwalker
    • Thar an Trasnán
  • Sarah Bowie

    Bowie, Sarah

    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. Sarah Bowie's first picture book, Let's See Ireland, was published in Spring 2016.

    • Let's See Ireland!
    • We're Going to the Zoo!
  • Brianóg Brady Dawson

    Brady Dawson, Brianóg

    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 seven more stories about the mischievous Danny who always ends up in trouble, even when he's trying to be good! 

    • Danny Brown and the Talking Teeth
    • Danny Brown and the Monster Toothbrush
    • Danny Brown and the Big Surprise
  • Brandt, Beate

    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.

    • Die Beliebtesten Irischen Sagen
  • Marian Broderick

    Broderick, Marian

    Marian Broderick is a writer and editor who lives and works in London. She is second-generation Irish; her parents are from Donegal and Limerick. She spent every summer of her childhood in Ireland and has developed strong links with the place and the people. Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from History proved hugely popular on publication in 2001 and Marian furthered her research to bring the reader more wild Irish women in Bold, Brilliant & Bad: Irish Women from History (2018).

    • The Witch Apprentice
    • The Witch in the Woods
    • A Witch in a Fix
  • Browne, Elena

    Elena Browne has worked in the book industry for many years and is now working in publishing. She loves books and dogs so has decided to combine the two in Take the Lead. Elena lives in Dublin but travels the country selling books. 

    • Take the Lead
  • Juanita Browne

    Browne, Juanita

    Juanita Browne, a Zoology graduate with an MA in Media Studies, has almost 20 years’ experience across television, radio, magazines, books, and newspapers. She works on natural history documentaries for television, including the multi-award-winning ‘Secret Life of the Shannon’ and ‘On a River in Ireland’, ‘Wild Cities’ and ‘Wild Ireland’.   (more)

    • The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife
    • Hide and Speak Irish
    • The Adventures of Shamrock Sean
  • Marie Burlington

    Burlington, Marie

    MARIE BURLINGTON illustrated Trouble for Tuffy in the O'Brien FLYERS series. Helpful Hannah was the first book she both wrote and illustrated herself. Marie is also the author and illustrator of Dear Me!
    • Trouble for Tuffy
    • The Little Witch Who Can't Spell
    • Helpful Hannah
  • Conor Busuttil

    Busuttil, Conor

    Conor Busuttil is a children’s picture book illustrator and passionate doodler. His most recent works include projects for the Blue Peter "Here be Dragons" competition, the exhibition and trail for Kew Gardens and working with Hampton Court Palace to bring their history to life for children.   (more)

    • The Children of Lir
    • Ulster Fairytales and Legends
    • My First Book of GAA
  • Bob Byrne

    Byrne, Bob

    Bob Byrne is a comic book artist and designer who lives in Dublin. His comics have appeared in dozens of publications throughout the world.

    Robots Don't Cry! is his first book for children.

    • The Supermarket Ghost
    • Robots Don't Cry!
  • Emma Byrne

    Byrne, Emma

    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)

    • The Most Beautiful Letter in the World
    • Spirit of the Titanic
    • P is for Poetry
    • The Lost Fairy
    • Moncaí Dána
    • A Witch in a Fix
    • The Witch in the Woods
    • The Witch Apprentice
  • Anna Carey

    Carey, Anna

    ANNA CAREY is a journalist and author from Dublin who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Anna’s first book, The Real Rebecca, was published in 2011, and went on to win the Senior Children’s Book prize at the Irish Book Awards. Rebecca returned in the critically acclaimed Rebecca’s Rules, Rebecca Rocks and Rebecca is Always Right.   (more)

    • Rebecca Rocks
    • The Making of Mollie
    • Rebecca is Always Right
  • Cartoon Saloon

    Cartoon Saloon,

    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.

    • The Story of Ireland
    • The Secret of Kells
    • The Secret of Kells
  • Seamus Cashman

    Cashman, Seamus

    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)

    • P is for Poetry
    • The Big Brother
    • Juliet's Story
    • P is for Poetry
  • Judith Clarke

    Clarke, Judith

    Judith Clarke was born and educated in Sydney and now lives in Melbourne with her husband and son. She has worked as a teacher, librarian and lecturer, and has also published novels for younger readers and short stories and poetry in magazines.

    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)

    • Friend of my Heart
  • Eoin Colfer

    Colfer, Eoin

    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)

    • Ed's Funny Feet
    • Ed's Bed
    • Benny and Omar
  • Nicola Colton

    Colton, Nicola

    Nicola Colton is an illustrator based in Dublin. Her style is playful and colourful and very much influenced by folktales/folk art, scenes in nature and children’s picture books.

    Her website is

    • Viva Alice!
    • Don't Ask Alice
    • Alice in the Middle
    • Hide and Speak Irish
  • Marita Conlon-McKenna

    Conlon-McKenna, Marita

    Born in Dublin in 1956 and brought up in Goatstown, Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, later working in the family business, the bank, and a travel agency. She has four children with her husband James, and they live in the Stillorgan area of Dublin.

    Marita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject.   (more)

    • Under the Hawthorn Tree
    • Wildflower Girl
    • Fields of Home
  • Connor, Michael

    Michael Connor is a school teacher who lives in Limerick.

    • Danny Brown and the Monster Toothbrush
    • Danny Brown and the Big Surprise
    • Danny Brown and his Daft Dog
    • Fireman Sinead
    • Sinead the Dancer
    • Sinéad ag Damhsa
    • Dare to Dream
    • The Story of Croke Park
  • Helen Corcoran

    Corcoran, Helen

    Helen Corcoran grew up in Cork, Ireland, dreaming of scheming queens and dashing lady knights. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she worked as a bookseller for over a decade. She lives in Dublin, writing fantasy novels and haunting coffee shops in search of the perfect latte.

    • Queen of Coin and Whispers
  • Corcoran, Rachel

    Rachel Corcoran is a freelance illustrator and designer from Dublin, Ireland. A member of Illustrators Ireland, Rachel's work appears in children's books and book cover illustrations. Rachel also runs her online shop where she sells her earth-kind illustrated greeting cards and prints. When Rachel is not illustrating, she loves to bake with her helper Billie the cat, garden with her outdoor cat Socks, and read books that are set in times long ago. 

    • Lily at Lissadell
    • Lily Steps Up
    • Aim High
    • Demon from the Deep End
  • Judi Curtin

    Curtin, Judi

    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. Judi Curtin won the Irish Book Award Senior 2017 for Stand By Me.

    • Time After Time
    • Stand By Me
    • You've Got A Friend
    • Le più belle Leggende Irlandesi
  • Stephanie Dagg

    Dagg, Stephanie

    Stephanie Dagg lives in West Cork and works as an editor. She has her own website with games, chat and talk about children's books.
    • Anna's Secret Granny
    • The Big Brother
    • Cáitín sa Chistin
  • Gerry Daly

    Daly, Gerry

    GERRY DALY is a children’s author and illustrator living by the beautiful sea in Dublin. He hasn’t seen any whales from his window, but saw many off the coast of West Cork. His previous books include the best-selling Where Are You, Puffling? and Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt, both written by Erika McGann and also published by The O’Brien Press.   (more)

    • Where Are You, Puffling?
    • Wee Donkey's Treasure Hunt
    • Cá Bhfuil Puifín Beag?
    • What Are Friends For?
    • Survivors
  • Patrick Deeley

    Deeley, Patrick

    Patrick Deeley is a teacher and poet. He has three books of poems to his name from Dedalus Press, with a fourth due next year. He also runs a workshop in Ballyfermot, specialising in children's poetry. Originally from Loughrea, County Galway, he has spent more than half his life teaching in Dublin.

    • My Dog Lively
    • Snobby Cat
    • Mo Mhadra Beoga
  • David Donohue

    Donohue, David

    David Donohue has enjoyed a wide and varied career in music and film. Born in Carlow in 1961, he left Ireland in the mid-eighties for New York. There he became the US correspondent for Hot Press Magazine, interviewing among others, James Brown, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, David Bowie, John Cage etc.

    David went on to produce two highly acclaimed music documentaries: Put Blood in the Music, a quirky look at the New York downtown music scene of the late eighties, and Words for the Dying, which won the 'best documentary' award at the 1991 Ontorio film festival.   (more)

    • Walter Speazlebud
  • Donovan, Anna

    Anna Donovan, a former teacher, lives in Dublin and is the author of several books for young people.
    • Glac Sos Uimhir a hAon
    • Where's Murphy?
    • Cá bhfuil Murchú?
  • Noreen Doody

    Doody, Noreen

    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.

    • The Moon Spun Round
  • Doolan, Catherine

    Catherine Doolan is a primary teacher in a small rural school in Co Offaly. She teaches 9-12 year olds. Catherine is married with three young children. Bad Hair Day, Panda No. 22, is her first book.
    • Bad Hair Day
    • Drochlá Gruaige
  • Audrey Dowling

    Dowling, Audrey

    Audrey Dowling is a French artist and illustrator living in County Kilkenny. She initially pursued a career in the fashion industry in Paris but somehow ended up in the Irish countryside. Her surroundings inspire her work, as well as folklore from all cultures, fairy tales and vintage imagery. Her universe is colourful and narrative, often praised as graceful and poetic.

    • Reindeer Down!
    • Flossie McFluff
  • Malachy Doyle

    Doyle, Malachy

    Malachy Doyle grew up in Ireland, studied in England, brought up his children in Wales, and has now come back to live in Ireland again. He is the author of many popular picture books, retold folk tales and a number of novels for older readers, including the critically-acclaimed Georgie and Who is Jesse Flood?
    • Swap
  • Dunne, Bernard

    Bernard Dunne was born and raised in Neilstown, west Dublin, the place he still calls home. The son of Olympic boxer Brendan Dunne, he competed in his first boxing match at six years old, and spent the next twenty-three years training and perfecting his craft. Narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 2000 Olympics, Bernard went on to a hugely successful professional career, with twenty-eight wins from thirty fights.   (more)

    • Bernard Dunne
    • Diabolic Downloads
  • Glyn Evans

    Evans, Glyn

    Glyn Evans is a microbiologist with a passion for animal welfare and environmental conservation. Together with his partner and two sons, he lives on a farm in County Meath. It’s important to him that his sons grow up with animals around them and can learn about protecting nature. Wanting to share their love of animals with other children and adults, the family opened their farm to the public.   (more)

    • Irish Farm Animals
    • Wolfgran
    • Wolfgran Returns
    • My Dog Lively
    • Jimeen
  • Jennifer Farley

    Farley, Jennifer

    Jennifer Farley is an author and illustrator from Dublin. Her artwork is bright, colourful and a little bit humourous. Jennifer has illustrated several books for other authors, and has written and illustrated three books herself, including Island of Adventures, and her latest book, Scout's Best Day Ever

    In 2019, she illustrated Shooting For The Starswritten by Dr.   (more)

    • Island of Adventures
    • Shooting for the Stars
    • Scout's Best Day Ever!
  • John Farrelly

    Farrelly, John

    John Farrelly was born and raised in a village just outside Newry, Co. Down. After dropping out of art college because all he wanted to do was write stories and draw pictures, he became a freelance caricature artist. He always did a full day's work - he just spread it over the whole week. Finally, after a three-day siege, where no one was injured and all hostages were released, The O'Brien Press let him write stories and draw pictures.

    • Deadly Irish History - The Vikings
    • Deadly Irish History - The Celts
  • Tatyana Feeney

    Feeney, Tatyana

    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 ambition to be a fire girl and studied Art History and Illustration.

    Tatyana now lives in Trim with her husband and two children.   (more)

    • Snobby Cat
    • Where's Murphy?
    • Cá bhfuil Murchú?
    • The O'Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales and Legends
  • Nita Fitzgerald

    Fitzgerald, Nita

    Nita Fitzgerald is a primary school teacher who remembers feeling really big when she could finally reach the handle on the kitchen door. Now she can open all the doors in her house in Waterford, where she lives with her husband and two children.
    • It's Great Being Little
  • Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

    Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise

    MARIE-LOUISE FITZPATRICK is one of Ireland’s most celebrated children’s book authors and illustrators. She has been awarded the prestigious Bisto/CBI Book of the Year Award three times: for There in 2010, You, Me and the Big Blue Sea in 2003, and Izzy and Skunk in 2001. She is also the author and illustrator of I’m a Tiger Too and I am I.   (more)

    • The Sleeping Giant
  • Fitzpatrick, Tom

    TOM FITZPATRICK is a primary-school teacher. He is GAA Games Manager in Dublin Teacher Training Colleges and is based in St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. A Clareman, he is also secretary of Cumann na mBunscol, Áth Cliath, the organisation that promotes a love of gaelic sport and athletics among primary-school pupils.
    • All About Gaelic Football
  • Aubrey Flegg

    Flegg, Aubrey

    Aubrey Flegg was born in Dublin. His early childhood was spent in County Sligo, Ireland. He went to school in Dublin and later in England. After a spell with a mountain rescue team in Scotland, he returned to Ireland to study geology at Trinity College. He then did geological research in Kenya, before joining the Geological Survey of Ireland in 1968.   (more)

    • Fugitives!
    • Katie's War
    • The Cinnamon Tree
    • Olanna's Big Day
  • Woody Fox

    Fox, Woody

    Woody Fox has been a children’s illustrator for 30 years specialising in all things animal related and anything funny. He’s worked for most of the major publishers in Britain as well as many abroad and also had successful cards ranges and clothes designs.

    He also has been a willow sculptor for the last 12 years, again specialising in animals which are his passion: you can see his scuptures at   (more)

    • Alice and Megan Series
    • Alice Again
    • Alice in the Middle
  • Brian Gallagher

    Gallagher, Brian

    BRIAN GALLAGHER was born in Dublin. He 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.

    Brian is the author of four adult novels, and his other books of historical fiction for young readers are One Good Turn and Friend or Foe – both set in Dublin in 1916; Stormclouds, which takes place in Northern Ireland during the turbulent summer of 1969; Secrets and Shadows, a spy novel that begins with the North Strand bombings during the Second World War; Taking Sides, about the Irish Civil War; Across the Divide, set during the 1913 Lockout, Arrivals, a time-slip novel set between modern and early-twentieth-century Ontario, and Pawns, set during Ireland’s War of Independence.   (more)

    • Stormclouds
    • Friend or Foe
    • Arrivals
  • Mordicai Gerstein

    Gerstein, Mordicai

    Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of more than thirty books for young readers, among them picture books, biblical retellings, alphabets, and works of fiction.

    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.

    • The Old Country
  • Gilly,

    Gilly is a writer, director, designer and animator. He graduated from IADT in 2000 and started working as freelance graphic designer. He worked as lead designer and animator on the award-winning short The Carpenter and His Clumsy Wife which won a special mention at the Venice Film Festival and won the best short comedy at the LA Film Festival.   (more)

    • The Day Henry Met ... a dog
  • Debi Gliori

    Gliori, Debi

    Debi Gliori was born in Glasgow and studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. Her Mr Bear series has received many awards and she continues to add to it with new titles. Debi is a full-time writer and illustrator and lives just outside Edinburgh with her four children.
    • Mr Bear to the Rescue
    • Mr Bear's Picnic
  • Brian Gogarty

    Gogarty, Brian

    Brian Gogarty lives in Co. Derry. He has worked as the manager for a credit union. The books in the Shamrock Sean series are his first.

    • The Adventures of Shamrock Sean
    • The World is Full of Babies
  • Jarlath Gregory

    Gregory, Jarlath

    Jarlath Gregory is from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, and currently lives in Stoneybatter, Dublin. He is the author of Snapshots (2001), G.A.A.Y One Hundred Ways to Love a Beautiful Loser (2005), and The Organised Criminal (2015). He has also worked as a bookseller in Chapters Bookstore, and written for Attitude, Esquire and GCN magazines.   (more)

    • What Love Looks Like
  • Matt Griffin

    Griffin, Matt

    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)

    • A Cage of Roots
    • Storm Weaver
    • The Spiral Path
    • What Are Friends For?
  • Grogan, Jerry

    JERRY GROGAN comes from Caherciveen, County Kerry, and is a primary-school teacher in Donaghmede, Dublin. He is the National PRO for Cumann na mBunscol, and a frequent contributor to, and editor of, GAA publications. He is a keen amateur sports photographer.
    • All About Gaelic Football
    • Exploring the World of Colmcille
    • Finn’s Thumb
    • The Riddle
  • Jim Halligan

    Halligan, Jim

    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’.

    • Diabolic Downloads
  • Dave Hannigan

    Hannigan, Dave

    Dave Hannigan is a sports columnist with The Sunday Tribune, the Evening Echo and New York’s Irish Echo.

    He is the author of three previous books and is also an adjunct professor of history at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island.

    • Kicking On
    • Walter Speazlebud
  • Felicity Hayes-McCoy

    Hayes-McCoy, Felicity

    Felicity Hayes-McCoy has written television dramas, radio soap operas, features, documentaries, plays and screenplays, as well as books on fairytales, myths and legends.
    • The Riddle
    • Finn’s Thumb
  • Heaney, Nicola

    Nicola Heaney was born and raised in Derry. After studying in Scotland, she moved to England where she taught English Literature to teenagers for over a decade before deciding to focus on her writing. Her poetry has been published in a number of journals across the UK and Ireland.

    • Ulster Fairytales and Legends
  • Heaney, Peter

    Peter Heaney was a primary school teacher and story teller in his native Derry for more than 40 years. He believed that story-telling could create a rich world for children to explore and learn from. During his teaching career, exchanges with other story tellers provided many opportunities to share stories with children from Moscow to Kentucky.

    • Ulster Fairytales and Legends
    • Animals Don't Have Ghosts
  • Anne Marie Herron

    Herron, Anne Marie

    Anne Marie Herron is the principal of a large primary school. She presents a weekly radio review programme on children's books.
    • Sailí na Spotaí
    • Ribbit, Ribbit
    • Spotty Sally
  • Kim Hood

    Hood, Kim

    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)

    • Finding A Voice
    • Plain Jane
  • Bridget Hourican

    Hourican, Bridget

    Bridget is of mixed Irish-Palestinian heritage, born in Belfast, grew up in Brussels, spent a few years living in Budapest, and is now based in Dublin. As a journalist she has contributed to Time Out and The Irish Times, among other publications. Bridget also has a big interest in travel and history, and has worked on some major projects including the Atlas of Irish History and the Dictionary of Irish Bibliography.
    • The Bad Karma Diaries
  • Gerry Hunt

    Hunt, Gerry

    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, self-produced, comic was a rhyming, Spanish-language work that he gave away to friends.   (more)

    • Blood Upon the Rose
    • Best-Loved Irish Legends
    • Ice Dreams
    • Best-Loved Irish Legends
    • Celtic Tales of Enchantment
  • Chris Judge

    Judge, Chris

    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 is the author of Brian and the Vikings and Brian and the Giant. Chris illustrated Roddy Doyle’s children’s book Brilliant and collaborated with comedian David O’Doherty on the smash hit, Danger is Everywhere! 

    • Brian and the Vikings
    • Brian and the Giant
    • Eggcorns
    • Snip Snip!
    • Bad Hair Day
    • Deirdre agus an Fear Bréige
  • Kevin Kiely

    Kiely, Kevin

    Kevin Kiely has had several collections of poetry published, had plays broadcast on RTE and is engaged in literary journalism and editing. He has received Literature Bursary Awards from the Irish Arts Council, and is Honorary Fellow in Writing with the University of Iowa. This is his first book for young readers.
    • A Horse Called El Dorado
    • SOS Lusitania
  • Celine Kiernan

    Kiernan, Celine

    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)

    • Charlie Harte and his Two-Wheeled Tiger
    • The Poison Throne
    • The Crowded Shadows
  • Conor Kostick

    Kostick, Conor

    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)

    • Epic
    • Saga
    • Move
  • Tarsila Krüse

    Krüse, Tarsila

    Tarsila Krüse is a Brazilian-born children’s book illustrator. Her début picture book Ná Gabh ar Scoil! (Futa Fata) was shortlisted for The CBI Book of The Year Awards 2016 and her second book, Bliain na nAmhrán (Futa Fata) is the winner of the CBI Judges' Special Merit Award 2017.   (more)

    • My Little Album of Dublin
    • Brendan and the Blarney Stone
  • Una Leavy

    Leavy, Una

    Una Leavy has written many books for children. She works as a primary school teacher in County Mayo.

    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)

    • Glac Sos Uimhir a hAon
    • Magical Celtic Tales
    • The O'Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales and Legends
  • Deborah Lisson

    Lisson, Deborah

    Deborah Lisson is a well-known author of young adult fiction, living in Banbury, Australia. Her passion for the story of Red Hugh led her to research this book in Ireland. Her novel The Devil's Own won the Western Australia Premier's Award for Children’s Fiction and was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award in 1991; her book, A Place of Safety, won the Western Australia Premier's Award for Children's Literature in 1997.

    Deborah's latest book, Truth Seeker, was published by O'Brien Press in October 2001.

    • Red Hugh
    • Truth Seeker
    • Boom Chicka Boom
  • Morgan Llywelyn

    Llywelyn, Morgan

    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)

    • The Young Rebels
    • Granuaile: Pirate Queen
    • Cave of Secrets
  • Ruth Frances Long

    Long, Ruth Frances

    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.

    • A Crack in Everything
    • A Hollow in the Hills
    • A Darkness at the End
    • Corazón de Irlanda, sus más bellas leyendas
  • PJ Lynch

    Lynch, PJ

    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)

    • Fields of Home
    • Under the Hawthorn Tree
    • Wildflower Girl
  • Fergus Lyons

    Lyons, Fergus

    Fergus Lyons is an artist and lives in the hills of County Sligo. He exhibits his work frequently.

    • Amy's Wonderful Nest
    • Muckeen and the Big Freeze
    • Shoestring Soup
  • Natasha Mac a'Bháird

    Mac a'Bháird, Natasha

    Natasha Mac a’Bháird is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of the bestselling wedding planning guide, The Irish Bride’s Survival Guide and her latest book is The Irish Bridesmaid's Guide. Her first two children’s books, Missing Ellen and Olanna’s Big Day, were both chosen for the White Ravens Collection.   (more)

    • Reindeer Down!
    • Sonia O'Sullivan
    • Hannah in the Spotlight
  • Liam Mac Uistin

    Mac Uistin, Liam

    Liam Mac Uistin was 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)

    • Celtic Magic Tales
    • Celtic Tales of Enchantment
    • The Táin
  • Shona Shirley Macdonald

    Macdonald, Shona Shirley

    Shona Shirley Macdonald is an award-winning illustrator/author, originally from Scotland and now living by the sea in County Waterford. She studied stop-motion animation at Edinburgh College of Art, and now works mainly on children’s books. Her debut picture book The Pooka Party was selected for the IBBY International Honours List, and nominated for a CBI Award, Irish Book Award and LAI Award.   (more)

    • The Moon Spun Round
    • The Pooka Party
    • Sinéad ag Damhsa
    • Scuab Fiacal Danny
    • Cá bhfuil Murchú?
  • Maher, Laura Ruth

    Laura Ruth Maher is a Montessori Teacher from Dublin. She has completed a Degree and Masters in Early Education, her research focusing mainly on storytelling and the importance of rhyme for early literacy development. Laura has always had a great love for Irish myths and legends and is delighted that they can now be shared with a younger audience, her son included! She currently lives in Warwickshire, England, If her head is not stuck in her books she can usually be found running or enjoying a cup of tea and a sneaky biscuit or ten with her family. 

    • The Children of Lir
    • Where's Larry This Time?
  • Donny Mahoney

    Mahoney, Donny

    Donny Mahoney is a writer and journalist. He was born in America and has lived in Ireland since 2004. He is one of the co-founders of the website, where he works today.  

    • Colm 'Gooch' Cooper
    • Aim High
    • The World is Full of Babies
  • Creina Mansfield

    Mansfield, Creina

    Creina Mansfield was born in Bristol in 1949. She studied literature at Cambridge and became a teacher of English at secondary school level. She lived in Dublin for a number of years and is now living in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England with her husband and two teenage sons.

    Her first book, Fairchild was published in Hong Kong.   (more)

    • My Nutty Neighbours
    • Snip Snip!
    • My Nasty Neighbours
    • Hide and Speak Irish
    • Boo and Bear
  • Eithne Massey

    Massey, Eithne

    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)

    • Michael Collins
    • Irish Legends: Newgrange, Tara & the Boyne Valley
    • Tomi
  • Sam McBratney

    McBratney, Sam

    Sam McBratney sums up his post-war childhood as short trousers, Fair Isle jumper, the 11 plus and grammar school. He taught at a secondary school himself for a while and was a primary school teacher.

    Sam wrote many books for children and young adults, published internationally, and is probably best-known for Guess How Much I Love You. In 1993 he won a BISTO Award for Put a Saddle on the Pig, published by Methuen, and also received the Bass Ireland Arts Prize.   (more)

    • The Chieftain's Daughter
    • The Lough Neagh Monster
  • Steve McCarthy

    McCarthy, Steve

    Steve McCarthy is a Dublin-born art maker and obsessive picture-builder. With a keen interest in colour and character, Steve has managed to sneak his singular style into many forms, from Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated feature film Song of the Sea to children’s books and projects for brands worldwide.   (more)

    • A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea
    • The One With The Waggly Tail
    • Sally Go Round the Stars
  • Tom McCaughren

    McCaughren, Tom

    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.

    • Run with the Wind
    • Run for the Hills
  • Donn McClean

    McClean, Donn

    DONN McCLEAN is a sports writer, specialising in horse racing. He has written for many publications, and is currently the main features writer on horse racing for The Sunday Times in Ireland and The Irish Field. He is also the author of four racing biographies and is a regular analyst on TV and radio.   (more)

    • All to Play For
  • Vincent McDonnell

    McDonnell, Vincent

    Vincent McDonnell is an award-winning author of books for adults and young readers. Born in County Mayo, he worked in England for a number of years. He now lives in County Cork with his wife and son.

    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)

    • Chill Factor
  • Erika McGann

    McGann, Erika

    Erika McGann grew up in Drogheda, County Louth, and now lives in Dublin. She is the author of a number of children’s books, including the winner of the Waverton Good Read Children’s Prize 2014, The Demon Notebook, the first in her magical series about Grace and her four friends. Other books in the series are: The Broken Spell, The Watching Wood and The Midnight Carnival.   (more)

    • Diary Detectives
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Where Are You, Puffling?
  • McGann, Kunak

    Kunak McGann grew up in Drogheda back in the days when electronic tablets were unheard of (she can still remember the excitement when the family got a ZX Spectrum – Luna Crabs, anyone?) and playing out on the street was the most fun kids could imagine. Eventually, she had to grow up and get a proper job.   (more)

    • Red Rover, Red Rover!
  • Oisín McGann

    McGann, Oisín

    Oisín McGann 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. He now lives in Meath and works as an author, freelance illustrator and artist.   (more)

    • Mad Grandad and the Wicked Pictures
    • Mad Grandad and the Mutant River
    • Mad Grandad and the Kleptoes
  • Áine McGuinness

    McGuinness, Áine

    Áine Mc Guinness is from a small village on the East coast of Ireland. An early love for art led her to study animation at the National Film School of Ireland where she graduated with a degree in 2007. She worked as an animator until 2010 before starting her career as an illustrator. Her work is often inspired by childhood memories and nature and mainly combines digital and watercolour painting.   (more)

    • Marco Moves In
    • Marco: Master of Disguise
    • Marco: Moonwalker
  • Conor McHale

    McHale, Conor

    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)

    • Ancient Ireland Colouring Book
    • Jigsaw Stew
    • Don't Open that Box
    • Barry's New Bed
  • Anna McQuinn

    McQuinn, Anna

    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)

    • Colm's Lambs
    • A Rosette for Maeve?
  • Roisin Meaney

    Meaney, Roisin

    Born in Kerry, with parents from Clare, Roisin Meaney is currently a primary teacher living in Limerick. She is a published author of adult fiction: The Daisy Picker (Tivoli, 2004) and Putting Out the Stars (Tivoli, 2005). Her short story Three Letters was published in Moments (Cle, 2005).
    • See If I Care
    • Don't Even Think About It
  • Jan Michael

    Michael, Jan

    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.

    • Just Joshua
    • The Rock Boy
  • Moller, Linda

    Linda Moller is a member of Friends of the Earth, and has spent time as a hill farmer in Wales. She believes that a greener and better world is a realistic goal, and would enhance the lives of both humans and animals. She has written for the Observer and the Guardian. Her film, To Be a Horse, was shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
    • The Great Pig Escape
    • The Chieftain's Daughter
    • Here, There and Everywhere
    • The Secret of Kells
    • Anna's Secret Granny
  • Frank Murphy

    Murphy, Frank

    Frank Murphy is a retired school principal, living in Cork. His teaching career, which began in Dublin, took him also to north Wexford, and eventually to Cork city.

    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.

    • The Big Fight
    • Charlie Harte and his Two-Wheeled Tiger
    • Lockie and Dadge
  • Judy May Murphy

    Murphy, Judy May

    Judymay Murphy (who writes as Judy May for teens) is an International Success Coach, Speaker and Author who coaches thousands of people around the world on how to make their dreams come true. Her series of books for teenage girls are witty, diary-style adventure stories with age-appropriate romances all based on solid coaching practices.   (more)

    • Copper Girl
    • Diamond Star Girl
    • Hazel Wood Girl
  • Ann Murtagh

    Murtagh, Ann

    Ann Murtagh spent her first seven years in the Bronx, New York. After a short time in Dublin, her family moved to Kells, Co. Meath. She qualified as a primary teacher and later received an MA in Local History from NUI Maynooth. A member of both Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and Kilkenny Archaeological Society, she has given lectures to both groups.   (more)

    • The Sound of Freedom
    • The Kidds of Summerhill
  • Navratil, Elisabeth

    Elisabeth Navratil's grandfather, Michel Navratil, and her father and uncle, were aboard the Titanic on the night the world's unsinkable ship sank. The story of the tragedy is now very much a part of Elisabeth's own life story. She has realised her dreams of a career in music by becoming an opera director.   (more)

    • Survivors
    • Celtic Magic Tales
    • Cá Bhfuil Puifín Beag?
    • Hide and Speak Irish
  • Dairine Ní Dhonnchú

    Ní Dhonnchú, Dairine

    Is aisteoir agus múinteoir bunscoile í Dairíne. Tá sí ag obair le Ros na Rún faoi láthair.

    Dairíne Ní Dhonnchú is an actor and a primary school teacher. She also works on the Irish language soap opera Ros na Rún.

    • An Dochtúir Dan
  • Aine Ní Ghlinn

    Ní Ghlinn, Aine

    Scríbhneoir agus léachtóir í Áine Ní Ghlinn. Tá trí chnuasach filíochta foilsithe aici. Bíonn sí ag scríobh freisin don dráma teilifíse Ros na Rún ar TG4.

    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.   (more)

    • Thar an Trasnán
    • Daifní Dineasár
    • Moncaí Dána
    • Jimeen
    • My Ireland Counting Book
  • Caitríona Ní Mhurchú

    Ní Mhurchú, Caitríona

    Is aisteoir í Caitríona agus seo an tarna leabhar atá scríofa aici. Ainmníodh a céad leabhar, Ó Lúibín Lú, do duais Glen Dimplex.

    Caitríona Ní Mhurchí is an actor and this is her second book. Her first, Ó Lúibín Lú, was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex award.


    • An Rún Mór
    • Faoin Sceach Gheal
  • Alan Nolan

    Nolan, Alan

    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.

    • Danny Brown and the Monster Toothbrush
    • Let's Colour Ireland!
    • Danny Brown and the Big Surprise
  • Novak, Matt

    Matt Novak lives in Clermont, Florida with his wife.
    • Mouse TV
  • Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh

    Ó Muircheartaigh, Micheál

    Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, the ‘voice of Gaelic games’, has the record for the longest career as a live match commentator, from 1949 to 2010. His unique style and endless passion for the GAA have kept us enthralled all these years, transmitting the electricity of live matches through
    the airwaves.

    • The Story of Croke Park
    • Jimeen
  • Brendan O'Brien

    O'Brien, Brendan

    Brendan O’Brien reported on Northern Ireland as RTÉ’s senior current affairs reporter beginning in 1974, and he made three major documentaries about the IRA. He won many awards for investigative journalism, including European Journalist of the Year 1998 and the Amnesty International Award 2001.   (more)

    • The Story of Ireland
  • Eoin O'Brien

    O'Brien, Eoin

    Eoin O’Brien is a songwriter and musician, a writer and illustrator.
    He enjoys nothing more than a good old singsong around a kitchen table or a bonfire. He lives with his fantastic wife, two beautiful children and a dog, in historic Glasnevin in north Dublin.

    • Exploring the Book of Kells
    • Flossie McFluff
    • My Book of Kells Colouring Book
  • Joe O'Brien

    O'Brien, Joe

    Joe O'Brien lives in Ballyfermot in Dublin with his wife and children. He is the author of nine books featuring Alfie Green, a boy who can talk to plants. For older readers he has written three books about Danny Wilde and his Littlestown Crokes GAA team, Legends' Lair (about Charlie Stubbs and his dreams of becoming a soccer player) and one fantasy novel, Beyond the Cherry Tree.   (more)

    • Alfie Green and the Magical Gift
    • Alfie Green and a Sink Full of Frogs
    • Alfie Green and the Bee-Bottle Gang
  • Fergal O'Connor

    O'Connor, Fergal

    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.

    • Magical Celtic Tales
  • Finbar O'Connor

    O'Connor, Finbar

    Finbar O'Connor is the author of Wolfgran, in the O’Brien Red Flag Series for readers age 8+. He grew up in Finglas, Dublin and went to Trinity College Dublin, where he studied French and English, after which he went to work as a librarian for Dublin City Libraries. He is married and has two daughters, Esmé and Freya.   (more)

    • Wolfgran
    • Wolfgran Returns
    • The Poison Throne
    • The Crowded Shadows
  • Owen O'Doherty

    O'Doherty, Owen

    Owen O’Doherty is an architect who lives in Dublin with his family, including two inventive kids. He has over twenty years’ experience working on all sorts of projects from small buildings to urban regenerations and has also taught urban design and architecture in Dublin and London. For the past nine years he has worked in Dublin City Council.   (more)

    • Bright Sparks
    • An Dochtúir Dan
    • Emma the Penguin
  • Karl O'Neill

    O'Neill, Karl

    KARL O’NEILL was born in Armagh, and now lives in Dublin. He is a theatre, radio, and television actor, currently portraying Tim Carney in RTÉ's popular soap 'Fair City'. This Christmas Karl will play the eponymous Wizard of Oz at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. This is to be the last ever production in that historic venue before it is demolished.   (more)

    • The Most Beautiful Letter in the World
  • Lauren O'Neill

    O'Neill, Lauren

    Lauren O’Neill is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin. Originally from Wexford, she moved to Dublin to study in NCAD and stayed. Her work has appeared across a wide variety of areas from advertising campaigns to storybooks and gallery exhibitions. She has illustrated Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, winning the Children’s Books Ireland Merit Award for Illustration, and Blazing a Trail which won the Children's Book of the Year (senior) Irish Book Award in 2018.

    • Gulliver
    • The Night-time Cat and the Plump, Grey Mouse
    • Blazing a Trail
  • O’Donovan, Marita

    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.


    • Brendan and the Blarney Stone
  • Siobhán Parkinson

    Parkinson, Siobhán

    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)

    • Animals Don't Have Ghosts
    • The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't
    • Amelia
  • Norah Patten

    Dr. Patten, Norah

    Norah Patten was 11 years of age when she visited NASA on a family trip to the United States. From that moment on she was hooked on all things space! Norah was on a mission: she wanted to learn everything she possibly could about space exploration, rockets, and how she could someday become an astronaut.   (more)

    • Shooting for the Stars
  • Gillian Perdue

    Perdue, Gillian

    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)

    • Conor's Cowboy Suit
    • Conor's Concert
    • Conor's Canvas
  • Nicola Pierce

    Pierce, Nicola

    Nicola Pierce published her first book for children, Spirit of the Titanic, to rave reviews and five printings within its first twelve months. City of Fate, her second book, transported the reader deep into the Russian city of Stalingrad during World War II. The novel was shortlisted for the Warwickshire School Library Service Award, 2014.   (more)

    • City of Fate
    • Behind the Walls
    • Kings of the Boyne
  • Charlie Pike

    Pike, Charlie

    Charlie Pike started his writing career when he lived in Turkey, teaching English to adults and children. When he returned to Ireland he worked as an advertising copywriter and freelance journalist, writing feature articles for Irish newspapers, until an opportunity came along to work for an Internet start-up.   (more)

    • Jacob's Ladder
    • Les Plus Belles Légendes Irlandaises
  • Maureen Potter

    Potter, Maureen

    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.

    • Tommy the Theatre Cat
  • P.R. Prendergast

    Prendergast, P.R.

    P.R. Prendergast lives in Dublin, where he has worked as a school teacher for twenty-five years. In 2009 his first children’s book The Romanian Builder was published by The O’Brien Press. Dancing in the Dark, published by The O'Brien Press in 2010, was nominated for the 2011 Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award and was awarded the White Raven Label by the International Youth Library at Bologna Book Fair 2011.   (more)

    • The Romanian Builder
    • Dancing in the Dark
    • Milo and One Dead Angry Druid
  • Claire Ranson

    Ranson, Claire

    Claire Ranson was born in England where she completed a degree in English Literature and a Master's in Children's Literature. She has worked with Poetry Ireland and Children's Books Ireland. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.
    • Sally Go Round the Stars
    • Sally Go Round The Stars
  • Jane Ray

    Ray, Jane

    Jane Ray's distinctive style has established her as a highly successful artist both for her paintings and her wrapping paper and cards. Increasingly well-known too as an illustrator, her picture books have attracted enormous attention around the world.
    • The Twelve Dancing Princesses
    • Noah's Ark
    • The Story of Creation
    • The Clubhouse Mystery
    • Making Millions
    • Diary Detectives
  • Reynolds, Barry

    Dubliner Barry Reynolds is a character designer/concept/visual development artist and illustrator who has worked on the Oscar-nominated, animated movie The Secret of Kells, on Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation’s Arthur Christmas, and on Irish language graphic novels, An Táin and Deirdre agus Mic Uisnigh, where his artwork helped these Irish legends to a new readership.   (more)

    • Adam's Starling
    • The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife
    • Oscar Wilde - Stories for Children
    • Tommy the Theatre Cat
    • My Book of Kells Colouring Book
    • Brendan the Navigator
  • Rosenstock, Gabriel

    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.

    • Taibhse
    • Zombaí
  • James Roy

    Roy, James

    James Roy has worked for many years as a paediatric and emergency nurse in various hospitals. In addition to his work with young people in the health setting, he has written several award-winning books for children and teenagers.
    • The 'S' Word
  • Eimear Ryan

    Ryan, Eimear

    Eimear Ryan is from Co. Tipperary and lives in Cork. She writes about sport for the Irish Examiner and is an editor for the literary journal Banshee. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Town & Country (Faber) and The Long Gaze Back (New Island).   (more)

    • Cora Staunton
  • Eoin Ryan

    Ryan, Eoin

    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)

    • My Ireland Counting Book
  • Juliette Saumande

    Saumande, Juliette

    Juliette Saumande is officially obsessed with children’s books: she reads them, writes them, translates them, reviews them, recommends them and has been known to talk about them in her sleep. She is a French writer and translator of children’s books living in Dublin. 

    • My Little Album of Dublin
  • Elizabeth Shaw

    Shaw, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Shaw was born in Belfast and lived most of her life in Berlin, where she moved after the Second World War. Well-known as an artist, she wrote and illustrated 23 books for children, many of which have been translated into several languages.

    Her website (currently in German) is

    • The Little Black Sheep of Connemara
    • An tUan Beag Dubh
    • The Little Black Sheep
  • Bex Sheridan

    Sheridan, Bex

    Bex Sheridan is an artist, writer and graphic designer with a great love of animals. She is often asked to illustrate animals, from pet portraits to wildlife. As a child, Bex dreamed of having a house filled with animals when she grew up – which is what she now has! She and her husband Jay have their own mini-menagerie: it began with one rabbit and now there are also dogs, birds (of many kinds), a lizard and even a hedgehog!

    • Run with the Wind
    • Run for the Hills
    • Irish Farm Animals
  • Gerard Siggins

    Siggins, Gerard

    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. His Rugby Spirit series has sold over 65,000 copies and is hugely popular with sports-loving children around the world.   (more)

    • Football Fiesta
    • Rugby Redzone
    • Rugby Spirit
  • George Otto Simms

    Simms, George Otto

    George Otto Simms was born in Dublin in 1910. He took his BA, MA, BD, PhD, and DD degrees at Trinity College, Dublin. Ordained a priest of the Church of Ireland in 1936, he spent his working life in the service of the church and was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1969 until his retirement in 1980.   (more)

    • Exploring the Book of Kells
    • Brendan the Navigator
  • Peter Sirr

    Sirr, Peter

    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)

    • Black Wreath
  • Gordon Snell

    Snell, Gordon

    Gordon Snell has written many books for children as well as comedy for adults. He lives in Dublin. He was married to the best-selling author Maeve Binchy for many years, before she sadly passed away in 2012. 

    • The Supermarket Ghost
    • Amy's Wonderful Nest
    • Tina and the Tooth Fairy
  • Ian Somers

    Somers, Ian

    Ian Somers lives in Dublin and works as a graphic designer.

    • The Secret Gift
    • Million Dollar Gift
    • The Hidden Gift
    • The Romanian Builder
    • No Shoes for Tom
    • A Garden for Tom
    • Bróga Thomáis
  • Swift, Jonathan

    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.

    • Gulliver
  • Margaret Tarrant

    Tarrant, Margaret

    Margaret Tarrant was a prolific English illustrator that created posters, greeting cards, calendars, postcards and books for fifty years. She was most popular during the 1920’s and 1930’s for her romantic depiction of children, fairies and animals. She died on 28 July 1959.
    • Nursery Rhymes
  • Marilyn Taylor

    Taylor, Marilyn

    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)

    • Faraway Home
    • 17 Martin Street
    • Under the Hawthorn Tree
    • The Lough Neagh Monster
    • The Blue Horse
    • Alfie Green and the Magical Gift
    • Alfie Green and a Sink Full of Frogs
    • Alfie Green and the Bee-Bottle Gang
    • The Dreaming Tree
    • I Won't Go To China
  • Treacy, Carol Ann

    Carol Ann Treacy is an Irish children’s author, illustrator and graphic designer. She lives in Kilkenny in a very messy house with her husband, two children and a bunch of wild cats; She loves to travel and sometimes wishes she could fly. She thinks geese are great. Honk!

    • Barney Goose
  • William Trevor

    Trevor, William

    William Trevor has received world wide acclaim for his novels, short stories and plays and is the winner of many major literary awards. He was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in 1928, where his father was a bank manager. When he was growing up, the family lived in many different towns in Ireland.

    Trevor's Ballroom of Romance is well known from its filmed version.   (more)

    • Juliet's Story
  • Martin Waddell

    Waddell, Martin

    Martin Waddell is one of the most popular and successful authors for children. His books have been published internationally and sell worldwide. They range in age from read-aloud, full-colour picture books for the very young to books for teenage and young adult readers. He has written more than ninety books (some of them under his pseudonym, Catherine Sefton) and has won many awards.   (more)

    • Sailor Bear
  • Stephen Walsh

    Walsh, Stephen

    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)

    • Brendan and the Blarney Stone
    • The Secret of Kells
    • Gulliver
    • My Ireland Counting Book
  • Sarah Webb

    Webb, Sarah

    Sarah Webb is a children’s author who combines writing with schools visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals, and teaching creative writing. She has won two Irish Book Awards for her children's books (for A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea and Blazing a Trail), as well as the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books, awarded in 2015.   (more)

    • Emma the Penguin
    • A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea
    • Blazing a Trail
  • Liz Weir

    Weir, Liz

    LIZ WEIR is a professional storyteller who works with all age groups promoting the traditional art for which Ireland is world famous. A children’s librarian by training, she now travels the world telling stories to adults and children, organising workshops on storytelling, and speaking at courses for parents, teachers and librarians.   (more)

    • Here, There and Everywhere
    • Boom Chicka Boom
  • Grace Wells

    Wells, Grace

    Grace Wells is a writer and poet. Born in 1968, she grew up in central London. On leaving school, she began working in the film and television industry, ultimately becoming a freelance producer. Fuelled by her lifelong desire to write, and through a roundabout path, she came to Ireland in 1991. She now lives in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary with her two children.   (more)

    • Ice Dreams
  • Gerard Whelan

    Whelan, Gerard

    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)

    • War Children
    • The Guns of Easter
    • A Winter of Spies
  • Maureen White

    White, Maureen

    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.

    • The Butterfly Shell
  • Mark Wickham

    Wickham, Mark

    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.

    • Brian and the Vikings
    • Brian and the Giant
  • Wilde, Oscar

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.   (more)

    • Oscar Wilde - Stories for Children
  • Una Woods

    Woods, Una

    Úna Woods is an illustrator and author who lives in Dublin. She loves making illustrations for children, and her work has been published in books, magazines and websites.

    She loves working with bright colours and patterns in her illustrations. She grew up in Clontarf, very close to where Bram Stoker was born.

    • Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire?
  • Enda Wyley

    Wyley, Enda

    ENDA WYLEY is a teacher and poet, and has had several books published.
    • Boo and Bear
    • I Won't Go To China
  • Megan Wynne

    Wynne, Megan

    Megan is a writer and fully qualified teacher. She has taught at secondary and primary level. She has also worked as a supervisor of trainee teachers in university.

    In 2007 Megan founded her creative school to combine her love of writing and teaching. Her aim is to inspire and build confidence in children.   (more)

    • The House on Hawthorn Road
  • Yeats, W. B.

    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.

    • The Moon Spun Round
    • Colm's Lambs
    • A Rosette for Maeve?
    • The Fridge in a Denim Jacket!
    • The Fridge in a Denim Jacket!