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Children & Young Adult

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...

Maureen White on The Butterfly Shell & Writing Advice
Posted by Maureen White in > Children & Young Adult

Getting a debut novel published is very exciting. However, it in no way makes you an expert on anything except survival maybe. So while I am in no position to...

The Book of Learning: What, Where, When, How, & Why by E.R. Murray

Being a debut author is exciting, terrifying, and tinged with a certain amount of disbelief – is this really happening? It takes a lot of work, a lot of time,...