Oisín McGann

Teen Fiction Writer, Children's Writer
Reading and Q&A, Discussion with Writer, Creative Writing Workshop
Age Group
5 - 6, 7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
Primary, Post Primary
Works in English ONLY
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Mornings, Afternoons

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

A Short Guide To Oisín McGann

Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.

Despite his writing habit, he spent most of school convinced he was going to become a zoologist, an aspiration he lost after taking his first art exam in third year at St. Olivers Community College. Unable to conceive of a way to make a living from writing fiction after his Leaving Cert. he decided to fund his dreams of being an author by working as an illustrator. He signed up for a design and print foundation course in Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin, in 1990 and then studied animation at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design.

In 1992 he dropped out of college to set himself up as a freelance illustrator/artist, serving the publishing and design industries. In 1997, he took up a position as Background Layout Designer for Fred Wolf films, working on the animated series of Zorro. After completing his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London in February 1998 to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals.

In January 1999, he joined the M&M Consultancy, a small advertising and design firm, as art director and soon expanded into copy writing. After three and a half years of working in advertising he became increasingly concerned for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland in the summer of 2002 much as he had left – with no job, no home and some meagre savings. Ever the optimist, he now works once more as a freelance illustrator and mercenary artist by day and escapist writer by night.

O'Brien Press

Books for 5+:

The Baby Giant - 2008

Books for 6+:

Mad Grandad’s Flying Saucer – 2003

Mad Grandad’s Robot Garden – 2003

Mad Grandad And The Mutant River – 2005

Mad Grandad And The Kleptoes – 2005

Mad Grandad’s Wicked Pictures – 2007

Books for 8+:

The Evil Hairdo – 2006

The Poison Factory – 2006

Wired Teeth - 2008


The Gods And Their Machines – 2004

The Harvest Tide Project – 2004

Under Fragile Stone – 2005

Random House

Small-Minded Giants – 2006

Ancient Appetites – 2007

The Wisdom of Dead Men - 2009

Barrington Stoke

The Goblin of Tara – 2007

The Evil Eye - 2009

Awards and Recognition

In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines won a  Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award.

In 2005, The Gods and Their Machines and The Harvest Tide Project were both shortlisted for the Reading Association of Ireland Award, the first time an author has had two books on the same shortlist for this award.

In 2006, The Gods and Their Machines, published by Tor in the United States, was shortlisted for Locus Magazine's Best First Novel Award.

In 2006, Under Fragile Stone was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Award.

In May 2007, Small-Minded Giants was recommended by the Education Secretary, Alan Johnson and the School Library Assoication in the UK on a one-off list of Top 160 Books For Boys (No. 44)

In 2007, Ancient Appetites was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

In 2008, Small-Minded Giants was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards, for a category of the award open to any book, rather than just those published in the relevant year.

In 2009, Strangled Silence was shortlisted for Falkirk Council's 2010 RED Book Award.

Session Details

I do a variety of sessions. There is the standard 45 minutes to an hour for a promotional session, with speaking, reading, drawing and Q&A. I also do longer workshops for creative writing and illustration, as well as part-time residencies. You can find more details on my website.

Availability Details

Depends on my schedule

01 678 9022
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