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Rod Smith: The Importance of Books
Posted by Rod Smith in > Children & Young Adult

Books have played a major part in my life. Years ago, when I was seven, I was sitting in second class stuck in the middle of the collection of stories...

The Unexpected Pleasure of Writing a Sequel by Helen Falconer

The Dark Beloved is the second book in the Changeling trilogy – a YA fantasy romance set in the west of Ireland, between the human and the fairy world. If...

Helping Children Cope with Cancer: The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill
Posted by Christine Hamill in > Children & Young Adult

On the day I was diagnosed with cancer my first thought was, ‘Oh, my son.’ Then I thought, ‘Oh, my poor mother.’ My third thought was, ‘I can’t have cancer,...

Caramel Hearts: Changing Genre & Age Group by E.R. Murray

Caramel Hearts is my second book. It’s published just eight months after The Book of Learning – Nine Loves Trilogy I, it’s a different genre and written for a different...

Be Flexible in Your Dreams by Alana Kirk

We all have dreams, and sometimes these dreams – or ambitions – are the driving force to success.    We’ve all heard the inspirational quotes – “Don’t give up on your...

Watch out for the Umlauts! Children’s Books in Translation from Little Island by Siobhán Parkinson
Posted by Siobhán Parkinson in > Children & Young Adult

Most Little Island titles are by new or emerging Irish writers, and we are very proud that some of our discoveries have started to become the newly established figures in...

Filling The Gap: The Question of Ideas by Dave Rudden
Posted by Dave Rudden in > Children & Young Adult

I talk about writing a lot, in schools and at festivals, and the ever-present question is – where do you get your ideas? It’s a good question, and every writer...

My First Year as a Published Author by Catherine Doyle

I signed the contract for my YA trilogy in summer 2013, almost a year after finishing my first novel, Vendetta. What followed was a manic year of re-writes, edits, proofs,...

Mountains, Myths and Rolls of Wallpaper by Sarah Mussi

Here Be Dragons Book One of the Snowdonia Chronicles is my latest novel and my first go at a trilogy. Set on the snowy slopes of Mount Snowdon over one...

Once Upon A Place: A Laureate Book Project by Siobhán Parkinson
Posted by Siobhán Parkinson in > Children & Young Adult

Children of Ireland, how lucky can you get! Just look at the fantastic array of stories and poems that are captured in the pages of Once upon a Place, compiled...

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