Conor Busuttil is a children’s picture book illustrator and passionate doodler. His most recent works include projects for the Blue Peter "Here be Dragons" competition, the exhibition and trail for Kew Gardens and working with Hampton Court Palace to bring their history to life for children. He was recently selected by The Eric Carle Museum as a rising star.
Conor is a lover of all things nature. Growing up in a small country village on the Strangford Lough coast in County Down, he spent many a day exploring the marshy farmlands for tadpoles and newts, and the rocky coastline in search of the mysterious creatures the tide left behind in its seaweedy pools.
DAVID BUTLER, originally from Kildare, now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, with his wife and three children. A graduate of the Dun Laoghaire Film Institute of Ireland, Animation Production Course, he has worked on several award-winning animation projects, including the BAFTA award-winning 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' for Channel 4. He has worked for Pfizer Ireland in Newbridge in various roles since joining them over 20 years ago in 2002.
He is involved with CelticCon Midland ComicConvention and the Port Art Collective for various creative events. He continues to work in film as a freelance producer for Frame It Productions and Songway Films.
His work as an Illustrator includes The Shackleton Voyage of the James Caird, a graphic novel on Irish Antarctic explorers for The Collins Press/Gill Books.
David's collaboration with author Mario Corrigan has resulted in four children's books for the self published Fish Pyjamas series. Michael Collins: Ireland's Rebel Son is the team's first graphic novel.
Richard Butler is a historian of modern Ireland and Director of Research at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick. He grew up in Bantry in west Cork and holds a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Cambridge. A keen hiker, cyclist and sailor, Richard has extensive first-hand knowledge of the entire Wild Atlantic Way from land and sea, and combines this with academic expertise in Ireland’s history and culture. His publications include Building the Irish Courthouse and Prison: A Political History, 1750–1850 (Cork University Press, 2020) and the edited collection Dreams of the Future in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Liverpool University Press, 2021).
Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets. She has illustrated many books, including Best-Loved Oscar Wilde, Best Loved Yeats, The Most Beautiful Letter in the World by Karl O’Neill, a special edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, and A Terrible Beauty by Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald. She lives in a thatched house in Co. Wexford.
Originally from Dublin, and now living in Cork, David Caren is a freelance writer and author of the bestselling parenting guide, 'The Irish Dad’s Survival Guide to Pregnancy & Beyond’.
David’s first children’s book is the inspiring story of the Senior Women’s Irish hockey goalkeeper, Ayeisha McFerran.