- Teen Fiction Writer, Children's Writer
- Reading and Q&A, Discussion with Writer, Creative Writing Workshop
- Age Group
- 7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
- Primary, Post Primary
- Works in English ONLY
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience
Move (2008); The Book of Curses (2007); Saga (2006); Epic (2004); Irish Writers Against War (2003, co-editor); The Easter Rising – A Guide to Dublin in 1916 (4th edition 2004 , co-author), all by the O'Brien Press.
Soaring Eagle Book Award 2008-2009 Master List, for Epic. Shortlisted for The Reading Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award 2008, for Saga. A New York Public Library ‘book for the teen age’ 2008, for Epic. Shortlisted for the Beehive Award 2008 – 9, for Epic. Shortlisted for the Georgia Peach Award 2008 - 9, for Epic. Shortlisted for American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults 2008, for Epic. A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 2007, for Epic. Shortlisted for the Sakura Medal 2006 – 7, Japan, for Epic. Shortlisted for Lancashire Children's Book of the Year 2006, for Epic. International Youth Library White Ravens Collection, Special Mention 2006, for Epic. Arts Council Literature Travel Award 2006. IBBY Honour List 2006, for Epic. Shortlisted for The Reading Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award 2005, for Epic.
I run two popular creative writing classes at the Irish Writers’ Centre. I also teach history at TCD and my academic publications include The Siege of Jerusalem: Conquest and Crusade in 1099, Hambledon (London, forthcoming 2009); the Social Structure of the First Crusade, Brill (Leiden, 2008). Revolution in Ireland, Pluto Press (London, 1996 [second edition Cork, forthcoming 2009]).
My favoured sessions are where I speak to a class (of around 30) & introduce myself & the books. I get feedback from the class & let them pick the book they would like me to read from. I take questions about the books & also about writing as a career. If we have longer than a one hour session & it suits the school, I can lead discussions on the art of writing stories & give feedback on short exercises.
Age Group Details
Preferred age group: 8-18 year olds
I work part time at TCD and would arrange the sessions around my timetable there. I travel on public transport.