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About Renate Ahrens

Renate Ahrens was born in Germany in 1955. After some years working as a teacher, she moved to Dublin in 1986 with her husband and has since worked as a freelance author. As well as children’s and adult books, she has written stage and radio plays and scripts for children’s television programmes, and her books for children and adults have been translated into other languages. Over the Wall (published in German under the title Die Welt steht Kopf) is her first children\'s book to be published in Ireland, where she now lives.

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About Tamara Bach

Tamara Bach was born in Limburg an der Lahn in 1976. She made her breakthrough with her first novel, Marsmädchen (The Girl From Mars), which was published in 2003 and received several book awards. Since then she has published many other novels, among them Was vom Sommer übrig ist (Wherever It Is Summer), which won the German-French Prize for Youth Literature, a White Raven by the International Youth Library and the Catholic Children’s Youth Book Prize in 2013. Tamara lives in Berlin.

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About Estelle Billon-Spagnol

Estelle Billon Spagnol was born in the Champagne region of France and grew up surrounded by books, crayons and vineyards. After studying law, Billon-Spagnol entered the police force, but at the age of thirty she turned 180 degrees and has since published twenty books as an illustrator, author or both. She now lives, writes and draws in Paris.


About Sarah Bowie

Sarah Bowie is an illustrator, author and cartoonist who lives in Dublin. She is a founder member of The Comics Lab and her work has been published in a range of magazines and comics. She is also a big fan of pigeons and thinks they are smashing little creatures. Coo.

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About Élisabeth Brami

Elisabeth Brami was born in Warsaw. After graduating from studies in humanities and literature, she became a psychologist. She has been practising this profession since 1974 in a hospital for teenagers in the Paris region. Married and a mother of three children, she became an author for young people in 1990. Since then, she has not stopped writing and she has been translated into many languages.


About Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer is one of Ireland’s best-known writers for children. His Artemis Fowl series is world-famous and is soon to be filmed. His other books include Benny and Omar and the historical adventure Airman. He has also written And Another Thing, a sequel to Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Eoin is currently Laureate na nÓg.

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About Sheena Dempsey

Sheena Dempsey is an author and illustrator from Cork. She has written and illustrated her own childrens books as well as illustrating childrens books for other authors, including The Powers and Pucker Power by Kevin Stevens for Little Island. She lives in London with her partner, Mick, and a wilful ex-racing greyhound named Sandy.

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About Mikael Engström

Mikael Engström was born in 1961 and grew up in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. In the mid-1980s he studied photography for two years and started writing seriously. Nowadays he earns his living as a freelance journalist and photographer. Thin Ice, published to great acclaim in Sweden (under the title Isdrgen) and translated into several languages, is his first children\'s book.

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About Katherine Farmar

Katherine Farmar was born and raised in Dublin and has lived there all her life, except for a year spent studying philosophy in Edinburgh. She has written reviews for the Irish Times, the TLS, and Strange Horizons, and also works in theatre. She has pretended to be Annie Graves (a lot of children\'s writers do this) and in that guise she wrote A Dog\'s Breakfast, but Wormwood Gate, for older children and young teenagers is her first kids\' book written under her own name.

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About Jean Flitcroft

Dr Jean Flitcroft lives near Dublin with her husband and three boys. She attended Holy Child School, Killiney, and studied science in University College Dublin. On being awarded a Wellcome Scholarship she went on to Magdalen College, Oxford University where she obtained her doctorate. She also holds an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin. She started as a script writer for medical and scientific films and later became a travel writer when her obsession with travel won out. It was on these journeys around the world that she started writing books for children. She now has three children\'s books to her name, and they form a series called The Cryptid Files.The Cryptid Files: Loch Ness is the first book of this series, which covers the globe in pursuit of the weird and wonderful creatures of cryptozoology. It features perhaps the most famous cryptid of all: the Loch Ness monster. It is followed by The Cryptid Files: Mexican Devil, which is set in Mexico and explores the spine-tingling story of the blood-sucking Chupacabra. In the third book in the series, The Cryptid Files: Pacific Giants, Vanessa discovers another beast, cadborosaurus willsi, or Caddy for short, off the west coast of Canada.


About Maeve Friel

Maeve Friel was born in Derry and educated in Dublin where she sometimes lives -- when she\'s not in Spain (or elsewhere; she gets around). She is a well-known Irish children\'s writer, the creator of the popular Tiger Lily trilogy and the Witch-in-Training series (all books for younger children, published in the UK) and has been the recipient of many awards including the Hennessy Award, the Bisto Award and the Reading Association of Ireland Award for books for older children.Her books have been translated into many languages. She once lived in Ludlow where her children\'s book, The Lantern Moon, is set.

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About Patricia Forde

Patricia Forde lives in Galway, in the west of Ireland. She has published five books for children, and written two plays, as well as several television drama series for children and teenagers. She has worked as a writer on both English and Irish language soap operas. In another life, she was a primary school teacher and the artistic director of Galway Arts Festival.

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About Annie Graves

Annie Graves is twelve years old, and she has no intention of ever growing up. She is, conveniently, an orphan, and lives at an undisclosed address in the Glasnevin area of Dublin with her pet toad, Much Misunderstood, and a small black kitten, Hugh Shalby Nameless. You needn’t think she goes to school – pah! – or has anything as dull as brothers and sisters or hobbies, but let’s just say she keeps a large saucepan bubbling on the stove.Annie Graves is a prolific writer of children\'s books. She writes all the Nightmare Club titles HERSELF, but various authors CLAIM to have helped her: Deirdre Sullivan, Alice Stevens, Katherine Farmar, Oisín McGann, David Maybury, Sarah Purcell, Dave Rudden.Publisher’s note: We did try to take a picture of Annie, but her face just kept fading away. We have sent our camera for investigation, but suspect the worst. You\'ll just have to make do with an artist\'s impression of this amazing writer of children\'s books.


About Christine Hamill

Christine Hamill studied English Literature at Queen’s University, Belfast. She worked in the arts then trained as a teacher and worked in Spain, England and Northern Ireland. She now lives in Belfast and is a lecturer at a Further Education college where she teaches creative writing. Christine writes books for both adults and children. B is for Breast Cancer is a non fiction work for adults based on her own experiences. This is her first book for children.

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About Lucinda Jacob

Lucinda Jacob is a poet, illustrator and author of fiction for young people. She has written and illustrated a number of picture books and storybooks for new readers, scripts for the national broadcaster RTÉ and poetry for older children, published in numerous collections.


About Paula Leyden

Paula Leyden won the Éilís Dillon award for her first children’s novel The Butterfly Heart, which is set in Zambia; its sequel, The Sleeping Baobab Tree, won the Children’s Books Ireland special judges’ award. She lived in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa before moving to Kilkenny, where she now works extensively with the Travelling community and horses.

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About Caroline Logue

Caroline Logue lives in Dublin and has a secret life as a journalist and travel writer. She also writes short stories, poems and radio plays, but this is her first proper bit of writing (because it’s for kids!). When she needs an extra lick of inspiration she asks her little dog, as she seriously believes he’s magic.

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About Sabine Ludwig

Sabine Ludwig was born in Berlin in 1954. After graduating, she worked as a radio editor. She is now one of Germany’s most successful writers for children, and she also translates the books of authors such as Eva Ibbotson and Kate DiCamillo from English into German. She lives in Berlin with her husband and daughter.

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About Ana Maria Machado

Ana Maria Machado was born in 1941 in Rio de Janeiro and is one of the most significant children\'s book authors in Brazil. She has written more than a hundred books for children and adults. She started her career as a painter, worked as a journalist for the Elle magazine in Paris and for the BBC in London. In 1979, she opened the first children’s literature bookshop in Brazil.In the year 2000, Ana Maria Machado was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the most significant international prize for children\'s literature, for her life\'s work.Some of Ana Maria\'s other children\'s books are available in English (published by Groundwood Books in Canada), but The History Mystery is her first children\'s book to be published in Ireland.

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About Darragh Martin

Darragh grew up in Dublin, where he often daydreamed about the DART train going somewhere more magical than Howth Junction. He was given a Fulbright Scholarship to develop his writing in 2006 and has been living in New York City since, where he teaches literature at Columbia University, writes plays and admires trees. Darragh is represented by the Lisa Richards Agency and has a website at www.darraghmartin.com. The Keeper (new edition coming in 2015) is his first children\'s book. Watch out for the next book for younger kids coming soon from this great children\'s book writer.

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About Susan Maxwell

Susan Maxwell studied English and History in University College Galway before training as an archivist in Dublin. She currently works with an international organisation in The Hague, where she is also undertaking a PhD. She has had short stories and poetry published in The Stinging Fly and The Three Spires. The wonderful Good Red Herring, a novel for teenagers, is her first novel.

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About Felicity McCall

A BBC staff journalist for twenty years during the Northern Ireland conflict, Felicity McCall began the millennium as a full-time writer as well as an occasional broadcaster, arts facilitator and actor.Publications include fiction, non-fiction, plays and a graphic novel, and she has contributed to a number of anthologies. The co-founder and director of two theatre companies, she has had twelve plays staged professionally and four screenplay credits. Felicity has won the Tyrone Guthrie Award for stage and screenplay and was nominated for two Meyer Whitworth Awards and two Irish Playwrights’ and Screenwriters’ Guild Awards for best new play. Felicity is the Ireland officer for the miscarriage of justice lobby group Portia, and she continues to live and write in Derry and Donegal.Large Mammals, Stick Insects and Other Social Misfits is her first book for teenagers.


About Kevin McDermott

Kevin Mc Dermott lives mostly in Dublin(though sometimes in the United Arab Emirates) and mostly with his funny, smart wife, Mary, their daughter, Sinéad (Roe), and the family cat, Brunelleschi. His son Eoghan and his other daughter Aoife live in the UK.Kevin was a swot in school and went on to study English. He has an MA in English Language Studies, an M. Litt in English Literature, and a PhD in Education. He has worked as a teacher and in teacher education and was editor of the magazine Teaching English.He is always scribbling. RTE broadcast two of his plays and decades ago he wrote and presented two radio documentaries and has written for the radio programmes Sunday Miscellany and The Quiet Quarter. He has published two novels, and his pet project is a film script on a Joe Dolan tribute band. He is waiting for the Film Board to move to Mullingar to secure production funding.Kevin got the idea for Valentina, his first book for older children and young teenagres, when he read one of James Lovelock’s books on climate change. He was so taken with Lovelock’s ideas that he a) went to Italy for three months and wrote the novel and b) moved to a new house way above sea level. He’d love to see a film version of Valentina with Tom Waits providing the soundtrack. Dream on, dream on …

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About Geraldine Meade

Geraldine Meade loves lounging around doing nothing but unfortunately hasn’t been able to do anything of the sort for years. You see, she also loves kids and was blessed to be able to have seven with her darling husband Johnny. But as we all know, kids don’t like lounging or doing anything quiet and sedate (not for more than ten minutes anyway) and if they are forced to, there’s usually a row, which always leads to another row and another. For this reason Geraldine would be an excellent candidate for NATO or for any sort of peacekeeping job where a mediator is needed! But instead she decided to become a children\'s writer, She loves writing even more than lounging, and will do it whenever and wherever she possibly can – kitchen, sofa, bed, play room, garden, car, library, café, once or twice in the office, only never in the bathroom.When Geraldine is not playing with her kids and with their toys (which she really loves to do) or cooking for them or cleaning after them or reading to them she also loves running, meditating and hiking about in the glorious Irish countryside with the whole family and also she absolutely LOVES to sleep. But mostly she loves her husband, Johnny Murphy, and her children.Geraldine grew up on a farm in Laois with eight sound siblings and the most fantastic parents (seriously) and is currently living in Dublin. She’s a primary school teacher and has an M.A. in Children’s Literature (very posh). She was Chairperson of Children’s Books Ireland from 2003 to 2006 (Great organisation; you have to look them up).Flick is her first book for teenagers.Flick is her first book for teenagers.

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About Geraldine Mills

Geraldine Mills has been writing for many years and is well established as a poet and short-story writer, with several books to her name. This is her first novel, and her first book for children. She lives in Oughterard, outside Galway city, on the west coast of Ireland, with her husband.

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About Jane Mitchell

Jane Mitchell has written several books for children and young people. Her first novel, When Stars Stop Spinning, was Bisto Book of the Year, and her more recent Chalkline won not only a CBI Merit award but also the Children’s Choice award. She works in disability provision in Ireland and travels widely, including recently to the refugee camp in Calais.

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About Elizabeth O’Hara

Elizabeth O’Hara is the pen name of Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, a well-known author for adults and children in Irish and English. She has won the Bisto Book of the Year Award and two Bisto Merit Awards for her children’s books.Snobs, Dogs and Scobies is a translation of her children’s book Hurlamaboc (first published in Irish by Cois Life), which won a Bisto award and the Oireachtas award and was selected for the IBBY Honour list.

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About Lauren O\'Neill

Lauren O’Neill is an illustrator from Co. Wexford who now lives and works in Dublin city. Her diverse style is a mixture of traditional and digital media, combining detailed line with bold colour palettes. In 2016 she received the CBI Honour Award for Illustration for her work on Gulliver.

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About Tom O’Neill

Tom O’Neill is one of a very close knit family of eleven brought up on a farm in County Carlow. His working life started in science teacher training in impoverished schools in South Africa and he is currently involved in computer based education as well as running a farm in Kilkenny.Restoring the ancient Killahara castle in Tipperary and helping his father publish a social history reconnected him to stories and beliefs that were still vibrant in his own childhood and prompted him to pull together the Fionn Mac Cumhaill tales he had made up to entertain his own children en route to school. These stories can be found in Tom\'s first children\'s book, Old Friends: The Lost Tales of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, published in 2010 by Little Island. Tom has also written a related book, Fionn and the Legend of the Blood Emeralds, which is available online. See www.irishfables.com for more from Tom O\'Neill, Dark and several characters from the books or read about them on Wikipedia.

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About Mark O’Sullivan

Mark O’ Sullivan is regarded as one of Ireland\'s best writers for older children and for teenagers. He is recipient of a number of prestigious awards including two Reading Association of Ireland Awards, the Eilís Dillon Award and three Bisto Merit Awards. He lives in Tipperary with his wife and two daughters and continues to add to his list of books for children and teens.

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About Siobhán Parkinson

Siobhán Parkinson is one of Ireland\'s best-known writers for children. She has written almost thirty books, most of them for children and teenagers, for which she has won a bagful of awards and nominations, and her books have been translated into about twenty languages. She was Ireland\'s first Children\'s Laureate.

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About Leena Parkkinen

Leena Parkkinen is a third generation storyteller. She hails from a family in which a good tale has always been appreciated more than the truth. At parties, her grandfather used to attract an audience who would listen to him in silence. His son, Leena\'s father, became a famous children\'s author.Leena Parkkinen was by no means always going to be a writer: as a child, she dreamt of becoming an artist. When she ran out of paper, she drew on envelopes, till receipts and walls. Her childish scrawls could even be found on her father’s tax return.Leena became a student of graphic design, because her mother was of the opinion that she should get a proper job first, before doing other, more enjoyable things. She is well known in Finland as a writer of books for adults. Cow Belle Beauty Queen is her first book for children.

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About Kirsten Reinhardt

Kirsten Reinhardt is a German writer mostly of children\'s books who lives in Berlin. She studied literature, theatre and journalism. Fennymore and the Brumella (published in German by Carlsen as Fennymores Reise) is her first book. It won the Oldenburger prize for children’s literature in 2009, before it was even published and has also been translated into French. She\'s written another children\'s book published in German since then, but she\'s pretty busy right now looking after two small children of her own.

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About Jenny Robson

Jenny Robson was born in South Africa and now lives in Botswana. She has won many important awards for her children’s books, including the UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance.Her delightful children\'s book Balaclava Boy was first published in South Africa, but it was when they came across the German translation, published in Switzerland, that Little |Island fell in love with it and decided to make it available to English-speaking readers in this part of the world.

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About Juliette Saumande

Juliette is writer of children\'s books. She is also French. That means:• she knows two hundred and thirty one words for ‘cheese’ (and a few more for ‘smelly’);• she speaks French to her two cats (though they usually pretend to only understand English) and• she believes warm summers are for real, somewhere.Now, though, she lives in Dublin where she has learned:• two hundred and thirty one words for ‘rain’;• the art of climbing on the top deck of the 40 bus and• the delights of toasted sandwiches.She’s written a good number of picturebooks for younger children in French (because she can) and she’s also translated books for young and younger people. You can have a look at her website or her blog if you want. Chop, Chop, Madcap is her first children\'s book written directly in English (because she also can).Juliette lives with her better, more bearded half and her Best Boy and French Lady. She loves liquorice, but she thinks Crunchies should be banned and their recipe thrown into a bottomless chasm. She also loves children\'s books, even the ones she didn\'t write herself. She wishes you a good day.

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About Anna Seidl

Anna Seidl is a young German author, and this is her first book. It was a publishing sensation in Germany, under the title Es wird keine Helden geben and Anna won the emerging author award (Nachwuchspreis) from the German Academy for children’s and YA literature and was shortlisted for the Buxtehuder Bulle award and the UH! Literature Prize (chosen by young readers). She now lives in Frankfurt.

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About Burkhard Spinnen

Burkhard Spinnen was born in Germany in 1956 and lives as a writer in Münster. He has received many awards for his work, among them the Oldenburg Award for Young Adult Literature and the German Audio Book Award (for Belgische Riesen, the original German version of The Great Rabbit Revenge Plan). He is very well known in Germany as a writer of books for adults, but the Great Rabbit Revenge Plan is his first children\'s book. His book for teenagers, Müller hoch drei, has not yet been translated into English. Photograph copyright of Isolde Ohlbaum.

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About Kevin Stevens

Kevin Stevens is the author of six novels for adults, young adults and children. His first book for young children, The Powers, was chosen for the Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read and was hugely successful. Kevin also contributes regularly to The Irish Times and Dublin Review of Books.


About Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan is from Galway now living in Dublin and working as a teacher. She has established a reputation as a leading Irish YA author following her hugely praised Needlework, which won the Honour Award for Fiction at the Children’s Books Ireland Awards and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. Her Primrose Leary series was also widely acclaimed; two of the Prim books were shortlisted for the Children’s Books Ireland awards; and the final one, Primperfect, was also shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature.


About Rachel van Kooij

Rachel van Kooij was born in the Dutch city of Wageningen in 1968. She moved to Austria at the age of 10, and later studied Special Needs Teaching at Vienna University. She now lives in Klosterneuburg near Vienna and works with handicapped people. The last time we talked to her she was up a tree (it was a mobile phone conversation), surrounded by a bunch of kids. She was teaching them tree-climbing (we think).She has written several children\'s books, for both younger kids and older ones. She says of herself: ‘I write about the things I like to read about.’ Her book Battolome is Little Island\'s most international book: written in German by a Dutch Austrian, set in Spain, translated into English and published in Ireland.

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About Karen Vaughan

Karen Vaughan is a designer and illustrator with a particular love for pen and ink. Since receiving her BA in Illustration from the North Wales School of Art and Design at Glyndwr University in 2013, Karen has worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator producing covers, illustrations and designs for numerous publishing companies and newspapers. Her intricate illustrations are very much inspired by folk tales, nature and the elaborate patterns and fashions of bygone eras. Tangleweed and Brine is her first book.

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About Sheena Wilkinson

Sheena Wilkinson writes contemporary realistic fiction for children and young adults. Since the publication of her first novel, the multi-award-winning Taking Flight, she has been established as one of Ireland\'s most acclaimed writers for children and teenagers.Taking Flight (2010) won the CBI Honour Award for Fiction as well as the Children’s Choice Award. It was named as a White Raven by the International Youth Library and got a place on the IBBY Honour List. Its sequel, Grounded (2012) also won the CBI Children’s Choice award as well as the overall Book of the Year. Too Many Ponies, for readers 9+, was also shortlisted for the CBI awards, making that three out of three. Sheena\'s latest YA title, Still Falling, was published in 2015, as was Name upon Name, a historical novel for older children.In 2013-14 she was the first CBI Bringing to Book Writer in Residence at the Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines. She is a professional mentor for NUI Galway, and tutors for the Arvon Foundation. Sheena lives in County Down, and travels extensively in Ireland and beyond, talking about books and writing.