• GRH Cover Final copy ‘Imagine a book like a Pogues concert!’ – the British Fantasy Society on Good Red Herring

    If ever there was a superbly-written review of a superbly-written book, this is it. Nigel Robert Wilson has just reviewed the brilliant Good Red Herring for the British Fantasy Society, and he found more than a little to love.

    ‘Imagine a book like a Pogues concert! Chaotic, powerfully creative, wonderful, whilst utterly exasperating at times, littered with classic and classical Irish references all united in a glorious cacophony of intense delight and beauty. Well this is it! … this story is as sustaining as buttered fruit-cake with all the glory of a besieged post office. You can last out days in it.’

    If that isn’t the best line from a book review ever, then we’ll eat our hats.

    It’s followed by an appreciation for Maxwell’s beautiful devotion to detail which aids in the world-building of the novel as well as the sculpting of the plot.

    ‘There in an intense, almost magical devotion to incidental detail that easily leads the reader away from the plot into a fantastic landscape with a bizarre yet strangely familiar society peopled by vampires, werewolves, witches, druids and other odd folk, including aliens. This often causes the reader to go back and re-read given passages not just because of the story but also to fully understand the universe in which it is contained. This is quite an extraordinary experience as often all you are left with is a tantalising hint of distant, half-understood, poorly explained events which leaves you asking for more.’

    And they even managed to spot Maxwell’s exposure to a little more bureaucracy than she’d like!

    ‘This is a very moral tale told in the most entertaining way possible. It is always fascinating that writers who work or have worked in large bureaucracies can become absorbed by process, yet Maxwell has managed to do this in a quite amusing, hilarious yet polite fashion. This is a good story, rich in imagination.’

    Thanks to the British Fantasy Society for their super review and congratulations to Susan! Read the full review and check out the website here.

    By Little Island

  • Dave Rudden Deirdre Sullivan Brain Drain Baby Performed LIVE at Dublin Book Festival

    Have you ever read a Nightmare Club book and wished the the story would come alive? Ever wished you could meet Annie Graves, the creepy girl who oversees the ghost stories? Or hear the tale direct from the storytellers lips?

    Well, you’re in luck. Because Annie Graves and Dave Rudden, the creator of Brain Drain Baby, came to Dublin Book Festival a few days ago and performed this ghastly tale for a group of children. And for YOU.

    For more info on the book, have a look here!

    By Little Island

  • Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 10.56.42 Children & the Irish Revolution Symposium

    We’re proud to announce that Little Island are teaming up with St Patrick’s College Drumcondra for a one-day symposium on Children and the Irish Revolution. This multidisciplinary symposium will explore children’s engagement with the Irish Revolution and the 1916 Rising from the perspectives of history, literature, and education, and would be of great interest to teachers, librarians, academics and members of the children’s literature community.

    Little Island will be presenting the literature panel, discussing how the 1916 Easter Rising has been depicted in recent children’s fiction, including Sheena Wilkinson’s new novel, Name upon Name. Other panel members include author Conor Kostick and academic Celia Keenan.

    The symposium takes place on February 27th and is €25 or €15 for students/unwaged.

    For more information, please find the programme at the DCU website here. To book, please email your details to childrenandtheirishrevolution@gmail.com

    Children and the Irish Revolution

    By Little Island