Kevin McDermott

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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