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Category: The Keeper

Magic: New Fairy Tales from Irish Writers Released + Updates…

magic pic!


So I am terrible at maintaining a blog BUT here is some news:

I have a story (Nora and the Sky-Snake) in this beautiful picture-book collection of new Irish fairy tales with gorgeous illustrations by Olwyn Whelan. You can see more here: http://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781847805379/Magic.html

Also, a couple of nice reviews of The Keeper to go with its re-release in small pb form with a new snazzy cover:




New Hans Christian Anderson Story for International Children’s Book Day


HCA Launch Invitation

For International Children’s Book Day this year, IbbY Ireland is launching an exciting ebook with new versions of classic Hans Christian Anderson stories by Irish writers. I rewrote ‘Wild Swans’ which was great fun (nettles, football and swan poo) and there are lots of other brilliant stories by even more brilliant Irish writers. The launch is tomorrow in Dublin, on the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson.

The Keeper Shortlisted for an Irish Book Award

Bord Gais Book Awards logo

Great news – The Keeper has been shortlisted as one of the four children’s books of the year in the senior category. It appears alongside writers whom I admire very much, making this especially thrilling news – the other finalists are ‘Stay Where you are and Then Leave’ by John Boyne, ‘Eva & the Hidden Diary’ by Judi Curtain and ‘Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men’ by Derek Landy.

You can see the shortlist  (and vote for your favourite!) here:


The Keeper Reading at Irish Arts Center

I’m very excited to read from The Keeper this Sunday, November 10th at The Irish Arts Center in New York from 11.30 a.m.-1 p.m. There’ll be magic books galore – not just reading from them, but making them, with the brilliant teaching artist Brigette Moreno there to help kids make their very own magic book. The event cost $5 and art supplies are provided. More info is here: