Patricia Forde is an award-winning Galway writer who has written picture books and novels for children of all ages. She is bi-lingual, writing in both English and in Irish. To The Island is her fifth picture book, but her first written in English (though also available as Gaeilge). The book, stunningly illustrated by Nicola Bernardelli, was commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and is published by Little Island. It is based on the legend of Hy Brasil, a mysterious island said to appear off the coast of Galway once every seven years.