Children's Authors

  • 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)

    • Sonia O'Sullivan
    • Reindeer Down!
    • 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 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 illustration projects range from publications of poetry and fiction, to concept artwork for theatre and computer games.   (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
    • Hal's Sleepover
  • 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)

    • Irish Legends: Newgrange, Tara & the Boyne Valley
    • Tomi
    • Le più belle Leggende Irlandesi
  • 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
  • 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)

    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Where Are You, Puffling?
    • Wee Donkey's Treasure Hunt
  • 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
    • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    • Cliffs of Moher and the Burren
    • Conor's Caveman
    • Dublin
  • Novak, Matt

    Matt Novak lives in Clermont, Florida with his wife.
    • Mouse TV
    • 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
    • Exploring the Book of Kells
    • 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 Fly-Trapper
  • 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