Celebrating Irish Children’s Books | Online School and Family Book Festival. This year we are part of the Dublin Book Festival.

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Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers grew up in Belfast and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. A visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration,

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Eoin Colfer

Famous world-wide for his Artemis Fowl books, Eoin Colfer’s first book was published in 1998 and he has won countless awards and accolades ever since.

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PJ Lynch

PJ Lynch was born in Belfast, and became interested in art at an early age. He has worked as a children’s book illustrator since leaving

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Derek Landy

Derek Landy is the author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series and the Demon Road trilogy. Derek lives in Dublin and is awesome. Dead or Alive

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Peter Donnelly

Peter Donnelly is an award-winning picturebook author and illustrator from Dublin. His much-loved ‘President’ books, The President’s Glasses, The President’s Cat and The President’s Surprise,

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Niamh Sharkey

Niamh Sharkey is an award-winning picturebook creator and former Children’s Laureate of Ireland.  Her books have won numerous awards including the prestigious Mother Goose Award.

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Emma Byrne

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

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Joanna Fortune

Joanna Fortune is an accredited psychotherapist. She is the author of the best-selling 15-Minute Parenting series and host of the 15-Minute Parenting podcast. She founded

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Clare Wallace

Clare Wallace joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011 and is building both the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency and the Darley Anderson Illustration Agency

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Rob Grant

Robert Grant was born in Waterford, Ireland. He has a PhD in philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, where he was an Irish Research Scholar. He

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Tarsila Krüse

Tarsila Krüse is an award-winning children’s books illustrator born in Brazil and Irish at heart. She loves languages, books and drawing (and pistachio ice-cream). Her

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Juliette Saumande

Juliette Saumande is a writer and translator of children’s books, including My Little Album of Dublin and My Little Album of Ireland (with Tarsila Krüse).

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Owen Churcher

Owen Churcher is a graphic design and media tutor working in North Dublin and he also writes children’s picturebooks. He studied photography and multimedia and

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Dara McAnulty

Dara McAnulty is a naturalist, conservationist and activist from Northern Ireland. He’s received many awards for his conservation work, including from BBC Springwatch, The Daily

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Helen O’Higgins

Helen O’Higgins is an artist and illustrator from Dublin. She studied printmaking — with a particular interest in etching — in the National College of

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Ruth Ennis
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Ruth Ennis

Ruth Ennis is an aspiring children’s writer based in Kildare. She has had work published in several literary journals, including Paper Lanterns, Sonder, Tír na

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Conor Bredin
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Conor Bredin

Conor Bredin is a primary school teacher in North County Dublin. He writes children’s fantasy and hosts the Story of a Storyteller podcast. He also feels a

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Nicola Colton

Nicola Colton

Nicola Colton is an Irish author-illustrator living in Bristol with her husband and black and white cat, Odysseus. Her debut picturebook, A Dublin Fairytale, was

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Sheena Dempsey

Sheena Dempsey is an award-winning Irish children’s book illustrator. She has illustrated numerous books for children, including Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton, Mermaid School by

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Andrew Whitson

Andrew Whitson is a multi-award-winning artist based in Belfast. His house looks down over Belfast docks where the Titanic was built, and up at the

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Sadhbh Devlin

Tá trí pictiúirleabhar scríofa ag Sadhbh Devlin; Bí ag Spraoi Liom! (maisithe ag Tarsila Kruse), Beag Bídeach agus, a leabhar nua, Geansaí Ottó (iad maisithe

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Shane Hegarty

Shane Hegarty is a children’s writer and journalist. Formerly Arts Editor of The Irish Times, his first children’s series Darkmouth was nominated for the Waterstones

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Margaret Anne Suggs

Margaret Anne Suggs serves as a Director for both Illustrators Ireland and IBBYIreland. She is the illustrator for the best-selling, award-winning Pigín of Howth series

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Paddy Donnelly

Paddy Donnelly is an Irish illustrator and author based in Belgium. He works with quite a textured and painterly approach and is especially fond of

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Una woods
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Úna Woods

Úna Woods is an author and illustrator who lives in Dublin. She loves to create fun spooky stories and illustrate them using bright colours, simple

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Ashwin Chacko

Ashwin Chacko is an illustrator, storyteller and motivational speaker based in Dublin. Ashwin helps companies connect with their audience through illustrations and design and is

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Helen Carr

Helen Carr is a Senior Editor at The O’Brien Press, an independent Irish children’s publisher. She has always been interested in the book world and

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Patricia Forde

Is scríbhneoir do pháistí í Patricia Forde. Scríobhann sí i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla, agus tá idir pictiúrleabhair agus úrscéalta scríofa aici – chomh maith

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Mary Murphy

Mary’s first book, I Like it When… was published with Egmont in 1997. Since then she has written and illustrated more than 45 bright, strong

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Eve McDonnell

Eve is a writer and artist living in the hills of County Wexford and has worked in graphic design, brand development and marketing. Having recognised

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Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s writer and creative writing teacher. She runs creative writing clubs for children and reviews children’s books for The Irish Independent. Sarah is

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