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.She is visually impaired, which means she has to rely mainly on audiobooks for reading, and she works by using magnification software and a voice on her computer. She lives in Dublin with her husband, who is a woodturner and without her grown-up son, who is a book editor.Some recent titles by Siobhán Parkinson: Alexandra (and the Irish-language version, Fionnuala), books for young children, published in 2014 by Little Island Bruised (2011) and its companion novel Heartshaped (2013), both books for young teenagers, published by Hodder children\'s Books), both shortlisted for the CBI Children\'s Book of the Year Maitríóisce (2012), published by Cois Life, a children\'s book in Irish, winner of the CBI Honour Award for FictionShe is also editor of a book of new fairy tales by a variety of Irish children\'s writers, to be published by Frances Lincoln, and is working on a new novel for older children. She has translated several children\'s books, which have been published by Little Island.