Children's Authors

  • 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
  • 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
    • Finn’s Thumb
    • The Riddle
    • Ribbit, Ribbit
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shay Healy

    Healy, Shay

    SHAY HEALY is an author, songwriter, TV producer and presenter. His RTÉ 1 pet series, Beastly Behaviour, was a big hit with audiences old and young. He also released a CD of animal songs, Havananimal Week. Shay is best known as the writer of ‘What’s Another Year’, which won the Eurovision Song Contest for Johnny Logan in 1980.
    • Beastly Jokes
  • 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)

    • Plain Jane
    • Finding A Voice
  • 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
    • Ice Dreams
    • Best-Loved Irish Legends
    • Corazón de Irlanda, sus más bellas leyendas
    • 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 Giant
    • Eggcorns
    • Brian and the Vikings
    • Bad Hair Day
    • Deirdre agus an Fear Bréige
    • Drochlá Gruaige
  • 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.
    • SOS Lusitania
    • A Horse Called El Dorado
  • 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
  • Kingston, Mary

    Mary Kingston is a presenter with RTE's Den TV and for the last five years she has been sharing her Fantastic Far-Flung Facts For Fun with us on Sunday's 'Disney Club'. In this time, she has travelled to over 55 countries from Bangledesh to Madagascar and Cambodia.
    • Fantastic Far-Flung Facts for Fun
  • 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
    • Edda
  • 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